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A 20-year-old male asked:

Is full compensatory/catch up growth possible after late puberty? how about at age 20 if growth plates are open until 23.

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Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Depends on: The reason for the failed growth. If a medical condition led to delayed maturation and slow growth and if the bone age is delayed compared to the chronological age, then treatment of the underlying condition can enhance growth.
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Dr. Carrie Cannon
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Yes.: You will grow until the growth plates are fused. Need good nutrition, adequate sleep, and exercise with hydration for optimal growth.
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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 38 years experience
As long as: growth plates are open growth is possible.
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Last updated Jan 22, 2017

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