Welcome to the LPA Medical Resource Center

The LPA Medical Resource Center (MRC) is the official site for medical information about dwarfism (conditions of short stature), sponsored by the Little People of America, Inc. (LPA). LPA is an American national nonprofit organization that provides medical, social, educational, vocational and counseling assistance to people with dwarfism, their families, and their primary caregivers. Click here for more information about LPA.

The MRC is a project whose mission is to provide public access to the latest and most accurate medical information available about dwarfism and its associated conditions. There are various types of medical resources on this site, most of which exist on the world wide web. All information published within this domain has been reviewed and approved by LPA's Medical Resource Director. The Medical Resource Director works under advisement of the LPA Medical Advisory Board in the development of this site. 

The following resources are available on this site:

Dwarfism Types
A comprehensive list of the dwarfism diagnoses that comprise the LPA population. Selecting a diagnosis presents a list of articles, documents, book and article references and other pertinent information.

Conditions & Complications
An index of major medical conditions and complications known to exist within the various forms of dwarfism. Selecting a Condition/Complication presents additional information and articles associated with it, as well as a list of the types of dwarfism in which it occurs.
General Topics & Other Resources
Links and descriptions of resources for people with dwarfism, including information about education/working with schools, medical needs letters, medical insurance/healthcare coverage, LPA Medical Advisory Board Publications, parenting issues, support groups, and much more.
Frequently Asked Questions
The medical questions about dwarfism that are most often asked of the MRC staff and the LPA Medical Advisory Board, and their answers.

Ask A Question
Submit questions to the MRC volunteer if you have a medical question for which you cannot find the answers on the site. Before using this service, please do your best to locate the information within this site.


The information on this website is to be used for informational and educational purposes only and is not to be used to replace personal consultation with a qualified health professional that is familiar with your individual medical needs. Always consult with a doctor, health-care provider, or therapist before making any medical decisions.

Although we carefully review our website content for accuracy, the Medical Resource Center (MRC) cannot guarantee or take responsibility or liability for the medical accuracy of the information we publish. Because it is inevitable that information will become outdated and that errors will sometimes occur, neither the MRC nor any parties who supply information to the MRC make any warranty concerning the accuracy of any information found on this website.

The MRC website contains external links that connect users with websites controlled by other entities. These links are provided as a service to users and should not be considered as the MRC's recommendation or endorsement of the content on the linked website. The MRC takes no responsibility for, and does not monitor, the content of websites for which an external link is provided. Users rely on information found at linked websites at their own risk.

By navigating the MRC website, users waive any and all claims relating to the usage of material or information found on the MRC website or on websites for which an external link is provided.