ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 253.3

Pituitary dwarfism

Diagnosis Code 253.3

ICD-9: 253.3
Short Description: Pituitary dwarfism
Long Description: Pituitary dwarfism
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 253.3

Code Classification
  • Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases, and immunity disorders
    • Diseases of other endocrine glands (249-259)
      • 253 Disorders of the pituitary gland and its hypothalamic control

Information for Medical Professionals

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
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Information for Patients


Also called: Little person

A dwarf is a person of short stature - under 4' 10" as an adult. More than 200 different conditions can cause dwarfism. A single type, called achondroplasia, causes about 70 percent of all dwarfism. Achondroplasia is a genetic condition that affects about 1 in 15,000 to 1 in 40,000 people. It makes your arms and legs short in comparison to your head and trunk. Other genetic conditions, kidney disease and problems with metabolism or hormones can also cause short stature.

Dwarfism itself is not a disease. However, there is a greater risk of some health problems. With proper medical care, most people with dwarfism have active lives and live as long as other people.

  • Achondroplasia

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