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Achondroplasia (Dwarfism). By: Gwen Setlock, Brooke Breindl, Chandler Koerner, Ezra Yott, and Andrew Giles. Contents. 1.-3. Patient Concerns 4.-6. Parents Concerns 7.-9. Doctor Info 10.-12. Genetic Research Scientist. Patient Concerns. Question and Answer time!!!!

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Achondroplasia dwarfism

Achondroplasia (Dwarfism)

By: Gwen Setlock, Brooke Breindl, Chandler Koerner, Ezra Yott, and Andrew Giles


1.-3. Patient Concerns

4.-6. Parents Concerns

7.-9. Doctor Info

10.-12. Genetic Research Scientist

Patient concerns
Patient Concerns

  • Question and Answer time!!!!

  • Q: How do I feel about this disorder?

  • A: I don’t like it, because I won’t be able to ride ninja at six flags won’t be tall enough. I also won’t be able to see certain things if people are standing in front of me. I’m afraid people will laugh at me. I’m scared people will think I’m weird or odd and I’ll have no friends.

  • Q:Is there anything to be happy about?

  • A:I will be the only one able to fit into small places.

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Patient Concerns

  • Q: What am I afraid of?

  • A: I’m afraid of being embarrassed by having to ask someone to help me get groceries at the store. I'm also afraid of having to be homeschooled because I’m to afraid of getting teased. Another thing I’m not going to like is trying to find adult clothing that fits me when I'm older.

  • Q:What will my friends think?

  • A: They will think I’m short and weird, but they will also know I’m the best at hide-and-seek.

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Patient Concerns

  • Q: How will they treat me at school?

  • A: The first few weeks they will probably laugh at me, then some people will get used to me and think I'm cute and want to be my friends. The others will have to just deal with me.

  • Hi, I’m Gwen and when I was born I was diagnosed with Achondroplasia (Dwarfism). I figured it out when I was really tiny compared to the other kids. I was fine with it until I got made fun of a lot. I didn’t have a lot of friends because of this inherited genetic bone disorder. My real friends I did have were very loyal, and helped me through the younger grades.

Parent concerns
Parent Concerns

  • Q.)What ways will this disorder affect my child’s life?

  • A.) You can’t eat right because your teeth are shaped different.

  • Q.) Will my child be able to play sports?

  • A.) They won’t be able to play sports because the lack of height.

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Parent Concerns

  • Q.) How will the symptoms affects my child?

  • A.) It can cause you to be short and your body to be different.

Q.) How can I can I encourage my child to look at this in a positive manner?

A.) He could do many things that he still wanted to do.

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Parent Concerns

  • Q.) What are the positive aspects of having this disorder?

  • A.) You can still be intelligent.

Doctor info
Doctor Info

  • Q.)What are the symptoms of the disorder.

  • A.)Dwarfisms symptoms are gum disease , extra space between middle and ring finger, and frequent middle ear infections which may lead to hearing loss.

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Doctor Info

  • Q:)What ways can we help the symptoms.

  • A:)Poor muscle loss can be treated with physical therapy . Bowed legs can be treated with surgery or leg braces . A curved lower spine can also use surgery or braces.

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Doctor Info

  • Q:)How did the child inherit the disorder?

  • A:)The child inherited one abnormal gene from each parent which cause severe skeleton that results to early death.

  • The average height for the male with dwarfism is 4.4.The average height for the female is 4.1.

Genetic research scientist
Genetic Research Scientist

Hi, here are questions and answers on Dwarfism.

Q:What do scientist know overall on this disorder?

A:When a child is born it has to be tested to see if it has dwarfism. A male dwarf grows to a limit of 52 inches. A female grows to a limit of 49 inches. Some symptoms of it are: curved lower spine, small vertebral canals, and bowed lower legs.

Dwarfism is also called Achondroplasia.

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Genetic Research Scientist

A:(continued)A child gets dwarfism one in every 25,000 births. It is not very common. Dwarfism is a genetic bone disorder. It is an inherited trait.

Dwarfism is inherited by an autosomal dominant gene that causes abnormal cartilage formation. Males and females are equally effected by it. Geneticists found that a father older than 45 has a higher chance of having a child with dwarfism. Dwarfism was identified not to long ago in 1994.

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Genetic Research Scientist

Q:What are scientists doing to eliminate this disorder or treat it better?

A:If you have signs of having Achondroplasia when born, doctors try to prevent or treat it. Dwarfism can also give you reoccurring ear infections. In some cases limb-linking surgeries are conducted to increase the length of legs and arms. It also helps make a bend in the legs. People with Dwarfism often have crowded teeth so they go to the orthodontist right away. Currently there is really no way to prevent Dwarfism.