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The following research in this essay will cover and give an overview of a medical condition known as Dwarfism. The research will span from general information, diagnosis, problems associated with the condition, and treatment. My intention in doing this research is to bring light and understanding to a condition that in my opinion is still misunderstood and overlooked by society as a whole.
Dwarfism is a condition characterized by short stature, which means an adult height of 4 feet 10 inches or under, according to the advocacy group Little People of America (2008). It can be caused by any one of more than 200 conditions, most of which are genetic. Achondroplasia is the most common type of dwarfism, accounting for 70% of all cases of short stature, according to Medline Plus (2008). Dwarfism can and most often does occur in families where both parents are of an average height. A large percentage of children with achondroplasia are born to average-size parents. Dwarfism isn’t an intellectual disability. A person who has this condition is typically of normal intelligence. It is also not a disease that requires a cure. Most people with the condition are capable of living long, fulfilling lives. Using the term “midget” is completely derogatory and should never be used in any situation. Additionally, Dwarfism is not a reason to assume someone is incapable. Little people go to school, work, marry, and raise children, just like anybody else. By learning its various types, what causes it, and how it is treated, one can begin on the path to understanding this condition instead of turning a cold shoulder.
To begin, many children who seem much shorter than their peers at particular ages do not actually have dwarfism. Many of these children will eventually reach a normal adult height. In some stages of development, particularly in their young years, there is a very wide range of normal growth. As long as the...