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A 51-year-old female asked about a 16-year-old male:

How many inches in height does a male grow during puberty? i heard that on average, males grow 12 inches in height. but those who start early puberty, should grow 14 inches. i had early puberty, but only grew 10.5 inches. does this mean i was stunted

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Missing information: Yes, the average male will grow ~12 inches in puberty. Those who start early, which is usually driven by familial/genetic factors will often end puberty sooner and may not reach that 12 inch level. The expected final height of a male is ~1/2 the total height of both parents +2.5 in +/-.At a listed age of 16 you might have more time to grow.A bone age x-ray could provide this info.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Not quite: Each person is unique. That means we compare a child's annual growth to himself, his siblings, and his parents. Without malnutrition, his growth is mainly genetically determined. That means he can see his pediatrician and look at his growth chart, and at the sizes of his siblings and parents, to figure out how much he should be growing. "Textbook" numbers don't mean much in one individual.
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Last updated Jan 18, 2020


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