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Do all down syndrome children have short stature?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
With rare exceptions: Down syndrome includes the most common form, trisomy 21, translocations(a small amount of extra 21) & mosaics with some normal and some 21 trisomy(two kinds of cells). The eventual growth expected would depend some on the type. For the common t21 the tallest 10% of males reach 67-71" compaired with 73-74" for normal. Similar differences are seen in girls. See www.Ncbi.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles.
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Usually: It also depends on the height of the parents.
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
Yes: Relative to the normal population. Suggest you go to CDC or magic foundation to obtain gender specific growth chart for your child. Watch his diet !

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