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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