About Microcephalic Primordial Dwarfism

Microcephalic Primordial Dwarfism (MPD) is not a specific diagnosis. It is in fact a group of ultra-rare conditions in which growth is proportional but extremely delayed. This results in some of the smallest people in the world being born. This is more prevalent especially in the MOPD II disorders where the average adult height is less than 2ft 10in), compared to the average adult height of 4ft 10in for other forms dwarfism.

Collectively, the different types of MPD are caused by a change to an individual gene depending on the type of MPD. These are inherited in an Autosomal Recessive Pattern, which means that both parents were carriers of the changed gene. A very important thing to remember is that we have no control over the changes in genes, there is nothing that was done to cause it and nothing that could have been done to prevent it. To understand more about genes and genetics please visit our page on ‘Genetics and Screening’.

What Does The Words Mean: Microcephalic Primordial Dwarfism

Microcephalic: Means having a small head and is derived from the medical condition ‘Microcephaly’ which is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age.

Primordial: Can be defined as belonging to or being characteristic of the earliest stages of development of an organism.

Dwarfism: A medical condition that causes a person to be much smaller than the usual size. There are more than 200 types of dwarfism. Achondroplasia is the most common form of dwarfism.

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I think our child has Microcephalic Primordial Dwarfism. Can you help us?

Yes we can! All you need to do is send an email to Sue Connerty at sue.connerty@walkingwithgiants.org and she will get back to you via email asking some information about your child. On receipt of your reply, she will the assess the information and consult with doctors on our Medical Advisory Board. If all information corresponds with the criteria needed for the WWGF to your child and your family, The WWGF will then send you some information how to regisiter for support and unite with other families affected by Microcephalic Primordial Dwarifism.

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