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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 Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 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.
Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Yes.: You will grow until the growth plates are fused. Need good nutrition, adequate sleep, and exercise with hydration for optimal growth.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 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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