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Types of Dwarfism — Part 1

May 27, 2013

Most people do not know that there are many different types of dwarfism (also known as skeletal dysplasia or short stature). In fact, there are too many types of dwarfism to discuss in just one blog post. Learn about all the different classifications of dwarfism at In addition to the types of dwarfism listed here, it’s important to note that an individual person can have a unique case of dwarfism.

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What are some types of dwarfism?

Primordial dwarfism: This type of dwarfism can be severe. This is because it affects a person’s stature as well as his or her organs. Children with primordial dwarfism grow at quite a slow rate, and this can lead to developmental complications (examples: mental growth, movement, speech). Individuals affected by primordial dwarfism sometimes experience short lifespans. Read more about this type of dwarfism at and

Achondrogenesis — There are a lot of subtypes of achondrogenesis. This type of dwarfism is characterized by very short limbs. People affected by achondrogenesis often experience a myriad of health problems, which can sometimes be life-threatening. Read more at and

Campomelic dysplasia — Campomelic dysplasia is a type of dwarfism that has specific characteristics, including cleft palate, flat face, respiratory troubles, bowed limbs, and club feet. This type of dwarfism can cause damage to a person’s organs, as can other types of dwarfism. Campomelic dysplasia can cause life-threatening problems in some cases. Read more at

What type of dwarfism affects you?

We understand that there are many different types of dwarfism, and each individual can be affected by dwarfism in unique ways. Are you affected by dwarfism? If yes, which type? We would love to hear from you. We encourage you to share with us by leaving a comment on this blog post.

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