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A 23-year-old male asked:

At what age do we stop growing in height?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Endocrinology 52 years experience
Growth: Growth height stops somewhere between age 16 and 20. Once growth stops the bone structure will increase for a few years. The bone structure will not grow further but the strength will improve over the next few years.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends: Growth (height) will continue until the growth centers in bones fuse. These growth centers or growth plates are where new bone formation occurs. The hormones of puberty accelerate this activity but also push finalization of the process. An x-ray of the wrist/hand can show the stage of growth center closure. When it shows a "bone age" of over 18 in males growth has stopped.

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What is the age limit of growing in height?

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from my experience and reading I would say girls reach max height by 16, boys can ( but not always) grow until 18 to 21.
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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 22 years experience
Provided original answer
Those age cutoffs offer the very residual final height and more likely to be erroneous measures rather than true gain. Of course if there is element if very delayed of puberty, this can apply but I find this to be more rare than I initially thought after coming out of fellowship
Dec 10, 2013
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