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​Primordial Dwarfism (PD) is a class of disorders where growth is delayed from birth. Those with PD experience intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) and are smaller than average babies. IUGR can occur as early as 13 weeks and becomes progressively more severe over the length of the pregnancy. Full term birth weight is less than 3 lbs and lengths are less than 16 inches. Most PDs are born prematurely with an average weight of 2 lbs 3 oz. Adult heights are typically less than 40 inch and the voice is high pitched.

Primordial Dwarfism comprises 5 main groups: Russell-Silver (RSS), Seckel, Meier-Gorlin (MG), Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism (MOPD) Types I/III and Type II. Primordial Dwarfism can be subdivided into two groups: normocephalic meaning a normal sized head and microcephalic meaning a small head. Russell-Silver is a normocephalic form of PD. Microcephalic Primordial Dwarfism (MPD) includes MOPD II, MOPD I/III, Meier-Gorlin, and Seckel syndrome. There may be some forms of M



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