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if a 14 year old boy has hair on his chin and cheeks that he has to shave every couple days and is 3 inches below predicted height is he done growing?

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Dr. Carlos Jesurun
47 years experience Neonatology
Needs Endo Consult: Sounds like he is responsive to testosterone but there are other growth hormones that determine height. I would recommend a Pediatric Endocrinologist to evaluate entire hormone system. That could direct appropriate therapy. Family history is very important as well. All is not lost. :-)
Answered on Dec 9, 2016
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Dr. Luis Eguiguren
40 years experience Pediatrics
More info needed: Facial hair is one of many other signs of secondary sexual development. Testicular volume, pubic hair, increase of the penile size are other signs that may help answer your question. There are also familial growth patterns. Also, has he fallen off his usual growth curves?
Answered on Jul 24, 2015

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