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What other than a pituitary tumor could cause a noticeable height increase in adults? I noticed a growth spurt around age 38 & then another at 41.

What other than a pituitary tumor could cause a noticeable height increase in adults? I noticed a growth spurt around age 38 & then another at 41.

Doesn't actually...: Height growth due to increased growth hormone does not happen in adults because their growth plates in their long bones have fused. That means any perceived increase in height would not be related to any presumed or actual pituitary tumor in an adult over age 25 or so. ...Read more

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What causes spontaneous growth spurts in adults? Same height for yrs then out of blue had a growth spurt around 38 another @ 41adding inches to height

What causes spontaneous growth spurts in adults? Same height for yrs then out of blue had a growth spurt around 38 another @ 41adding inches to height

Endocrine Disorder: Spontaneous growth spurts in adults is abnormal. Normal human growth ceases by the time we reach 18-20 yo, when the growth plate in our long bones close. Growth is hormonally regulated via pituitary-mediated secretion of growth hormone, GH. Excess GH is concerning for an endocrine disorder, such as a pituitary tumor. Please see your doctor for a full evaluation and referral to an Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can not having a pubertal growth spurt prolong the time it takes to reach adult height?

Can not having a pubertal growth spurt prolong the time it takes to reach adult height?

Yes: According to your inheritance, your ultimate height is determined by the timing of closure of your bones growth plates. The longer to growth spurt, the longer until plates close, the taller you get. ...Read more

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What can causes a child age 4 to eat as much as 2 adults daily, with no weight gain or growth? This has been going on for months. We expected a growth spurt. That has not happened. He can get up from a meal where he will eat more than the adults, and say

What can causes a child age 4 to eat as much as 2 adults daily, with no weight gain or growth? This has been going on for months. We expected a growth spurt. That has not happened. He can get up from a meal where he will eat more than the adults, and say

You: You are correct in thinking about a growth spurt. This is usually why a child will begin to eat much more than usual. A growth spurt may only result in his feet gowing or gaining a few inches in height. Don't expect to see a dramatic change. On the other hand, polyphagia (eating excessive amounts of food) can be an early sign of juvenille diabetes. The best thing to do is have your child evaluated by his pediatrician or primary care provider. ...Read more

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Is 16 too late for a growth spurt?

Is 16 too late for a growth spurt?

No: Some continue to grow although often at a slow pace. A single x-ray of the wrist/hand can identify growth plates. If open, more growth is possible, if closed, they are finished. ...Read more

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Will I have a second growth spurt?

Will I have a second growth spurt?

Out not up: You don't grow taller after your growth centers close at the end of puberty. As a man in his 40's you are more likely to grow out than up. ...Read more

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How can I have a major growth spurt?

How can I have a major growth spurt?

Diet and exercise: There are no easy ways to gain height. If you are truly 37 years old, you have reached your height. ...Read more

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How fast can you grow in a growth spurt?

How fast can you grow in a growth spurt?

Every body different: There are variation based on familial, genetic, nutritional and emotional factors ...Read more

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How many years does a growth spurt last?

See below: Depends on what you define as a growth spurt. Usually, these may last for a few weeks to months but some people start then just continue to grow until their genetic limit is reached. If the pattern shows something outside the family pattern, get seen by your doc for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How to know if I'm having a growth spurt?

See below.: In order to answer this properly, please re-post and let us know how old you are (or your child is, if you're asking for your child). ...Read more

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What to do if I have a late growth spurt?

What to do if I have a late growth spurt?

Growth spurt: There is nothing to do. It is natural body cycling. If it is very late coming, checking ones nutritional status or if one over exercises. ...Read more

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Does soda pop slow down your growth spurt?

Does soda pop slow down your growth spurt?

Soda: Soda is not in any way a nutrtional option for children. Growth spurts require water, protein, fat and carbs. Soda is not helpful. ...Read more

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When can a teen have a final growth spurt?

When can a teen have a final growth spurt?

Any time: There are really no rules when it comes to teenage growth. That is why some boys end up 6'8" NBA stars and the rest of us don't. Joking aside, boys' height typically slows by age 14-16 and girls' by age 13-15. Some conditions may alter these typical windows, and sometimes kids will surprise everyone with a 19 year old spurt, but the vast majority fit into the norms described. ...Read more

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When do boys usualy hit their growth spurt?

When do boys usualy hit their growth spurt?

Varies: Boys normally enter puberty between ages 9-14 as evident by initiation of testicular growth. The actual pubertal growth spurt happens during mid-late puberty in boys. Puberty is complete within 2-4.5 years from the start depending on the boy. The peak growth velocity can be anywhere from 1-3 years after signs of initial testicular enlargement. Statistically, the average age for this is 12-14 yo. ...Read more

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Can I still have a big growth spurt or grow?

Wider-yes: Linear growth stops when the growth centers of the long bones close. There is no way to re-open them. Get some platform shoes or learn to accept the height you reached. You are done. ...Read more

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Signs before a child goes on a growth spurt?

Signs before a child goes on a growth spurt?

See below: Girls should have developed breast and pubic hair before experiencing growth spurt. For boys, enlargement of testicles and penis, pubic hair, and axillary perspiration precedes the growth spurt. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have hit my growth spurt?

How do I know if I have hit my growth spurt?

Bone age: Ask your doctor to get an xray of yourleft wrist to determine you. ...Read more

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When do people generally get a growth spurt?

Growth spurt: Growth spurts begin during childhood and end usually well before age 25. Your pediatrician should have charts of your height and weight growth and it should have been given to you and your parents. If they don't have anything to show you complain to your current doctor. Everyone should have that information available to them from age 1 month to 18. ...Read more

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What are the signs of having a growth spurt?

A growth spurt: Is an increase in the rate of height growth from baseline. Most children from age 5 on will grow between 2-2.5 inches a year, often gaining a little more weight in the winter and height in the summer, but during a growth spurt, this rate increases to 3 or more inches a year. It may be accompanied by an increase in appetite or other signs of puberty with genital hair and breast growth, etc. ...Read more

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When do boys tend to get their growth spurt?

It varies: You are not sharing your age with us. There is no one answer for all boys. It depends on numerous variables. ...Read more

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Do guys have a growth spurt at age 17 and up?

Do guys have a growth spurt at age 17 and up?

Not often: By 17 most males see their growth centers begin to close and growth slows. An x-ray of the hand can be analysed to see what stage the growth is entering. Some "late bloomers"continue slow steady growth into their early 20's, but most stop at 18. ...Read more

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What are some of the signs of a growth spurt?

Getting taller: Getting taller is the primary thing. Can be associated with increase in appetite in children. The key is to see linear growth in proportion to increased appetite and weight gain. There is quite a bit of perceived " growth spurt" in the US among parents regarding their children in which the child is really just gaining too much weight as compared to height! Babies are different! ...Read more

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What height do you grow during a growth spurt?

Growth spurt: An adolescent boy usually grows about 4 inches during a growth spurt, a girl grows 3 inches during a spirt. ...Read more

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Can a growth spurt occur after 18 years of age?

Growth spurt: Way more often than not growth has slowed down substantially a by age 18 so a growth spurt is unlikely.

However, over the next several years your bones and joints will continue to improve your skeletal health. ...Read more

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How do I know when my growth spurt will happen?

How do I know when my growth spurt will happen?

Boy or girl?: Girls have their growth spurt early in puberty, when they start having breast development. Boys have their growth spurt late in puberty, when their testicles are about 4 cm in diameter (longest meaurement) or 15 ml in volume. ...Read more

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Could it be that I already had my growth spurt?

Yes: Growth spurts in height occur during adolescence. Middle aged individuals only grow by gaining weight not height. ...Read more

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What are the signs when you get a growth spurt?

No specific signs: Nothing other than one starts to get taller. However, the greatest growth spurt occurs during and after puberty. ...Read more

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Can I have a growth spurt at age of 17? how?

Possible: Normally, as a male, the growth plates in your long bones have not closed yet (some close as late as age 20-22), so there is some room for growth before that happens. I would not recommend taking an expensive drug like human growth hormone to get this done, low yield at this age ...Read more

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What age do boys tend to get their growth spurt?

Growth spurt: Most boys get their growth spurt between the ages of 10-14. ...Read more