Restricted growth, sometimes known as dwarfism,is a condition characterised by short stature.
There are two main types of restricted growth:
As well as having short stature, some people with restricted growth also have other physical problems, such as bowed legs or an unusually curved spine.
However, most people don't have any other serious problems. They can often live a relatively normal life and have a normal life expectancy.
Many children born with DSS have parents of average height and the faulty genecausing the condition occurred by chance.
If your child is diagnosed with restricted growth, tests will be carried out to try to identify the underlying cause.
A number of differenthealthcare professionals will usually be involved in your care.
Some people with restricted growthmay benefit from treatment with growth hormone injections, which canhelp a child with restricted growth grow morethan they otherwise would.
In cases of DSS where the legs are particularly short, a leg-lengthening procedure is sometimes used, although this is controversial and there is uncertainty aboutits safety and effectiveness.
Readmore about treatments for restricted growth.
Restricted growth, sometimes known as dwarfism, is a condition characterised by short stature.
People with restricted growth (dwarfism) often have no symptoms other than short stature, although some people have associated health problems.
Restricted growth (dwarfism) may be caused by many different medical conditions, and is more noticeable in some conditions than others.
A diagnosis of restricted growth (dwarfism) is based on symptoms, height measurements, family history and tests.
Some people with restricted growth may be able to have treatment to help them grow more than they otherwise would, although not everyone will need treatment.