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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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What would cause poor growth in a teenager?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Several issues: Poor growth can reflect problems in 3 basic areas. Poor potential: if a kid is genetically destined to be small due to family pattern or genetic defect. Poor nutrition: good nutrition assures the body will have what it needs to grow while a lack will slow it. Poor health: medical conditions can lead to poor nutrient absorption, excessive energy loss, poor hormonal balance, etc. & poor sleep. ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Can you get rid of a stunt growth if caught early again?

Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Can you get rid of a stunt growth if caught early again?

Depends on etiology: The etiology of the growth delay determines if catch up growth will occur. Infants with growth delay (ex. Prematurity) are usually of normal height and weight by 1 year of age. The earlier the problem is identified and treatment initiated, the better the prognosis for eventual normal growth. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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What would cause poor growth in a teenager?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped

Several issues: Poor growth can reflect problems in 3 basic areas. Poor potential: if a kid is genetically destined to be small due to family pattern or genetic defect. Poor nutrition: good nutrition assures the body will have what it needs to grow while a lack will slow it. Poor health: medical conditions can lead to poor nutrient absorption, excessive energy loss, poor hormonal balance, etc. & poor sleep. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
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Want to show my son's 17 ohp reports to know what to do as he has poor growth and low weight.He has 17 ohp or not?Please advise what to do.

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
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Want to show my son's 17 ohp reports to know what to do as he has poor growth and low weight.He has 17 ohp or not?Please advise what to do.

What is the report?: What is the report and what are you looking forin 17ohpif what you are referring as 17ohp is 17hydroprogresterone.Do you mean he may have cogenitall adrenal hyperplasia.Just having poor growth and low weight does not make him a candidate for that. If you have any concerns about his growth discuss with your pediatrician or consult a pediatric endocrinologist.This site can not help with your concern. ...Read more

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Dr. Guy DaSilva
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
30 years in practice
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Can stress lead to poor growth in height?

Dr. Guy DaSilva
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
30 years in practice
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Can stress lead to poor growth in height?

Stress and growth: Growth hormone is responsible for growth and repair. The hormones produced by stress are catabolic. So the first builds you up and the other breaks you down. During stressful periods, the sleep cycles are also interrupted and unfortunately growth hormone is mainly produced in stage 4 sleep, thus compounding the problem. So stress does effect growth and repair of the body. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
137M people helped
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Do masturbating lead to poor growth in height?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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Do masturbating lead to poor growth in height?

No: I'm sorry that there are people out there who are trying to frighten you with untruths like this one. There is nothing "spiritual" about superstition. The practice is near-universal among male teens and very common among females. You learn about your body and mind in preparation for adult life, and you can stay comfortable ; able to do the other things you need to. ...Read more

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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
11 years in practice
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Can coarctation of the aorta cause poor growth in height?

Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
11 years in practice
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Can coarctation of the aorta cause poor growth in height?

Possible but...: It certainly could, though growth retardation is not a classic side effect. Hypertension is most common in older individuals (after infancy, but including children). Slow growth only is not likely related. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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I'm 5f8 and 21 yo and dads 5f9. I think that my growth stunted. Not sure why: does losing my mother have connection to my poor growth? Or smoking?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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I'm 5f8 and 21 yo and dads 5f9. I think that my growth stunted. Not sure why: does losing my mother have connection to my poor growth? Or smoking?

Poor or expected: The expected height of males based only on genetics is about 2.5 inches added to the average of his parents height. If your mother was 5'2 , this would suggest you reached your predicted height. (62+69= 131; 131/2=65.5+2.5= 68") if she was shorter, you are taller than expected, if taller, your growth was less.Many things go into growth patterns and poor diet, exercise, smoking can have that effect. ...Read more

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Dr. Clarene Cress
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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3 yr old. Very poor growth. Calprotectin 165, ESR 30, burr cells 1+. Very high IGA. Could this be normal or is something definitely wrong? GI related?

Dr. Clarene Cress
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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3 yr old. Very poor growth. Calprotectin 165, ESR 30, burr cells 1+. Very high IGA. Could this be normal or is something definitely wrong? GI related?

Not normal: Both calprotectin and ESR are measures of inflammation. Since your child's doctor has already started some testing, I encourage you to continue the evaluation. It sounds like your child has been quite ill, and I hope she improves soon. ...Read more

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Dr. Carol Jacobs
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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3 yr w h/o poor growth, ^ calprotectin & sed rate. Biopsy show inactive chronic inflamm in the stomach & acute patchy cryptitis in colon (L >R). Dx???

Dr. Carol Jacobs
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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3 yr w h/o poor growth, ^ calprotectin & sed rate. Biopsy show inactive chronic inflamm in the stomach & acute patchy cryptitis in colon (L >R). Dx???

Inflammation: Sometimes the most frustrating thing about medical work ups is not hearing a DIAGNOSIS. Your child's labs and biopsy all point to inflammation - from what it's still hard to determine but patchy cryptitis is found in both Chron's disease and Ulcerative colitis. The age and the poor growth make me more concerned for Celiac disease. Keep your follow up appt with MD for advice on next step ...Read more

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