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Doctor insights on: Puberty And Growth Plate Closure

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If growth plates are fused in puberty what's the matter in gigantism, why and how a person keeps on growing?

If growth plates are fused in puberty what's the matter in gigantism, why and how a person keeps on growing?

Gigantism- Acromegal: Gigantism = abnormal growth due to presence of too much growth hormone in childhood. Acromegaly = excessive growth hormone after normal bone growth has stopped. ...Read more

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Puberty (Definition)

Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more


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Is full compensatory/catch up growth possible after late puberty? How about at age 20 if growth plates are open until 23.

Is full compensatory/catch up growth possible after late puberty? How about at age 20 if growth plates are open until 23.

Depends on: The reason for the failed growth. If a medical condition led to delayed maturation and slow growth and if the bone age is delayed compared to the chronological age, then treatment of the underlying condition can enhance growth. ...Read more

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Was just told that growth plates can reopen later in life, post-puberty & yrs after someone seemed to stop growing. Is there any truth to those claims?

Was just told that growth plates can reopen later in life, post-puberty & yrs after someone seemed to stop growing. Is there any truth to those claims?

Fusion is permanent: Growth plate fusion, whereby the intervening cartilage turns to bone and unites the juxtaposed bones of the epiphysis and diaphysis, is permanent. ...Read more

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Excessive masterbution from age15 male caused early onset puberty causing my growth plates to close prematurely resticting to my potential height gain?

Excessive masterbution from age15 male caused early onset puberty causing my growth plates to close prematurely resticting to my potential height gain?

Not true: That just doesn't happen. These are simply tales which have no bearing on the reality of genetics. Children masturbate from the time they're very small. People would be dwarfs if this concept was based in any reality. ...Read more

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When do boys have growth spurts or puberty?

In puberty: Boys can start growth spurts at 11-12 or as late as 15-16. They can continue to grow until they are 20 years of age. The spurt starts usually after one begins to see pubic hair. ...Read more

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I didn't have a growth spurt during my puberty?

Growth spurt: You may not have had an overt growth spurt but it would be important to kwon how tall you are and how tall are your parents. ...Read more

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Does everyone get a growth spurt during puberty?

Does everyone get a growth spurt during puberty?

Yes: Growth spurt is a part of pubertal events. In girls, growth spurt precedes menstruation by 6-12 months. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I had stunted growth in puberty?

How can I tell if I had stunted growth in puberty?

See your doctor: You may need a medical evaluation so please see your pediatrician. If there is further concern, you may need to see a pediatric endocrinologist. Your pediatrician is where to begin. ...Read more

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Does having a late puberty growth spurt make you taller?

No: Some people will experince constitutional growth delay, late onset of puberty. But, they will obtain their normal adult height, which is influenced by parental height. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a growth spurt for males after puberty?

Growth: After puberty a male has more hair, grows taller and has more musculature. ...Read more

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When do people generally hit puberty and have a growth spurt?

When do people generally hit puberty and have a growth spurt?

Puberty: Puberty can begin at an early or later age. More importantly the pediatrician should be keeping - and sharing with you - growth curves for height and weight. It is important for you to know whether the child is in the middle, above, or below the usual value. You can find "Growth Curves" on the internet. ...Read more

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What can I do to maximize my height growth during puberty-male?

Be Normal: If you are basically healthy , then your growth will determined by the potential your dna has. Nothing you do will really matter. There are no exercises or supplements that will make you taller than you are meant to be. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you hit puberty? How do you know when you hit your growth spurt?

How can you tell if you hit puberty? How do you know when you hit your growth spurt?

Aha! That famous ?: It really depends on gender and other variables! some are "early birds"... Developing early ... Breast budding, facial and armpit hair showing early while your classmates are "late bloomers" ... Short scrawny kids that develop after 15 yrs or later! lots of changes, liking opposite sex , voice cracking. Needing to spray tons of axe perfume in guys ;) & make ups in girls too! enjoy life ! ...Read more

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Do some guys only have one growth spurt during puberty or does everyone have multiple?

Continuous: Once kids enter puberty growth rate continues to increase and eventually slows down toward the end of growth. Rate of growth doesn't slow down and speed up during the pubertal growth spurt. ...Read more

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How to prolong the growth spurt during puberty and make a very short child end up taller?

Hormone antagonist: Sothere is a special hormone antagonist used to delay puberty. As a result, in boys, the growth plates are prevented from closing, growth progresses and this process provides more inches to the boy's height. Please consult an endocrinologist for this purpose. ...Read more

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