my boys 2012

my boys 2012
Coleman is 6 Carter is 7

What is hypochondroplasia?

Hypochondroplasia is a form of short-limbed dwarfism. This condition affects the conversion of cartilage into bone (a process called ossification), particularly in the long bones of the arms and legs. Hypochondroplasia is similar to another skeletal disorder called achondroplasia, but the features tend to be milder.

All people with hypochondroplasia have short stature. The adult height for men with this condition ranges from 138 centimeters to 165 centimeters (4 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 5 inches). The height range for adult women is 128 centimeters to 151 centimeters (4 feet, 2 inches to 4 feet, 11 inches).

People with hypochondroplasia have short arms and legs and broad, short hands and feet. Other characteristic features include a large head, limited range of motion at the elbows, a sway of the lower back (lordosis), and bowed legs. These signs are generally less pronounced than those seen with achondroplasia and may not be noticeable until early or middle childhood. Some studies have reported that a small percentage of people with hypochondroplasia have mild to moderate intellectual disability or learning problems, but other studies have produced conflicting results.

Me and Carter and Coleman

Me and Carter and Coleman
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Carter 5yrs /Coleman 3yrs

Carter 5yrs /Coleman 3yrs

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I just don't know

I wish I could answer every ones questions. I have a facebook account and it is on my blog if you want to go into more detail. Just message me first so I know you are not some weirdo. ha ha.
One thing I do want to say about the growth hormones is I don't know of another Hypo that has been on them. If someone out there that has specifically hypochondroplasia and has taken Growth hormone shots or has been on them please let me know. So because of that I don't know what results will or could be. The doctors can guess but that is all it would be is a guess. Coleman is very tough. The shots don't really give him a lot of pain or trouble. If my oldest had been short and had to have these Id be in trouble because he does not have the pain tolerance Coleman has. I know that we as parents have to do more than take the word of the doctor. In America we have genetisist that we can go to to determine if they are growth hormone defficiant or have a form of dwarfism and so on. If you think more is going on. Go with your gut and find out.


  1. What a cute boy you have! He is Healthy and beautiful. :)
    I am 18 years old and I am from Brazil.
    I was diagnosed with hypochondroplasia just a few weeks ago.
    Actually i dont have any serious syptoms!
    Just the legs and arms that r a little shorter than they would be.. but its nothing super remarkable.

    I just went to the geneticist to know more about the short stature that occurs in my family.

    I've never used artificial growth hormone because it was always produced in normal amounts in the natural way.

    Nowadays my height is 5'1'' (its not that bad here in Brazil, i am just a cute short girl like Shakira or Lady Gaga) and I am completely healthy. :)
    On my X-Ray they couldnt even identify the hypochondroplasia, just using the DNA exam its possible.

    Your son will probably be a beautiful short guy. :) Over the years, the length of the legs and arms will be more proportionate.

    I just want to say that to the mom's all around the around who r really worried about this diagnosis.

  2. thank you, this means more than you know. to hear someone being so positive and happy. Thank you

  3. I found your lovely blog and thought I'd reply to this post.

    I'm a swedish female, 25 years old. I was diagnosed with hypochondroplasia when I was six or so, and my parents decided I start taking shots of growth hormones, although this was/is uncommon for people to do with hypochondroplasia.
    My brother had a growth hormone deficiency, but not hypochondroplasia, and so the growth hormone shots were more effective on him than on me. THAT SAID:
    I took the shots until I hit puberty at age 14 and stand 161 cm tall today. I have no health issues at all, no complications, no trouble moving. My arms and legs are still shorter than average, but it's not overly noticeable. I'm a college student and very happy with life!

    Without the shots, I wouldv'e been around 140 cm tall. So I gained some height taking those shots and think it was a good decision of my parents.

    I hope you're all doing well,
    have a nice day

  4. Hi, i was diagnosed with hypo child. I am still pregnant. His head is in coordination with my pregnancy week but his long bones are 4 weeks behind. Does this mean he will have severe level of hypo?

  5. You would need to see a specialist to know for sure

  6. Hi kristen, after reading your blog, feel so familiar. My son had diagnosed with hypochondroplasia 9 yrs ago. He had been taking hgh shot since he was four. As of last week, He is 53 inches tall. Have not see any side effect. Besides his arms and legs are shorter than other kids, he is a normal 13 yrs boy.



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