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What would cause poor growth in a teenager?

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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Can you get rid of a stunt growth if caught early again?

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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What would cause poor growth in a teenager?

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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Can stress lead to poor growth in height?

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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Can coarctation of the aorta cause poor growth in height?

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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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?

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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3yr old, poor growth, elev sed rate, IgA, calprotectin. Biopsy -chronic stomach inflammation & cryptitis. Infection has been ruled out. Wht could it b?

3yr old, poor growth, elev sed rate, IgA, calprotectin. Biopsy -chronic stomach inflammation & cryptitis. Infection has been ruled out. Wht could it b?

IBD: Cryptitis is seen in inflammatory bowel disease, both Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis, but it also can be seen in other inflammatory conditions of the intestines. It is not a disease itself but a histologic manifestation of several different diseases.Calprotectin is a biochemical test for intestinal inflammation, including inflammatory bowel disease. I hope he is being treated by a pediatric GI Dr. ...Read more

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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?

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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