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A 39-year-old male asked:

Is it possible for adult males to grow taller than they are or do they just stop growing once they become men? if possible, how can i grow taller?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Growth: Once your growth plates close you stop growing.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Unlikely to happen: Some kids continue to grow taller into their late teens or rarely early twenties but only when their bone maturity lags behind their age. If the growth centers of the long bones have fused, you cannot grow taller. A single x-ray of the wrist ; hand can yield a bone maturity.Most boys stop at 17. When you have reached bony maturity, you are done.

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