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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

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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Will I ever hit my growth spurt? I'm already done with puberty and I haven't grown taller.

Will I ever hit my growth spurt? I'm already done with puberty and I haven't grown taller.

Platform shoes: At a listed age of 44, there is no way to "grow" taller. If you are asking for someone else, the growth centers that determine linear growth close after adolescence, at 16-17 in most females and 18 in most males. After closure, you can not grow taller. ...Read more

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Does the prostate grow as part of the growth process during puberty or is it the same size always?

Does the prostate grow as part of the growth process during puberty or is it the same size always?

Grows with puberty: The prostate gland secretes a slightly alkaline fluid, milky or white in appearance, that usually makes up about half of the volume of the semen along with sperm and thus considered as part of the male reproductive system. Testosterone is needed for the normal growth of the prostate and during puberty levels of testosterone accelerate the growth of prostate to the adult size, about walnut size. ...Read more

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If a male was to see puberty changes just starting at nearly age 15 (late bloomer). What age would growth stop at?

Puberty and growth: There are many things which happen during puberty. Often the lay definition ignores things like testicular growth. So, figuring out how long or how many inches someone might grow after puberty begins is going to require more investigation. I would suggest seeking an opinion from an endocrinologist, either pediatric or adult depending on the age of the patient. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am already past my puberty years and that there is no more room for growth, like for sex organs?

Shaving yet?: If you are fully grown, there has been no change in height in over a year, and you have attained full pubic hair growth and possibly shaving your face regularly (or growing a beard), then you are very likely past your puberty years and no longer should expect sexual organ size to increase. ...Read more

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Is there a chance of height growth and body development when puberty started at 9 and a half and body is not develop fully. I am 16 now?

Is there a chance of height growth and body development when puberty started at 9 and a half and body is not develop fully. I am 16 now?

Short Stature: You have what is defined as short stature and there are a number of reasons that can happen. These range from hereditary to lack of growth hormone, in your case likely early puberty. At your age you need to get an x-ray to check for your bone age to see if your bones have finished growing, if they have not then tests can be done to see if their are any treatments. Get in to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm aboy with 17 yearsold but look like 14. Reason is my puberty growth havedelay. What medicine can help me to boost up puberty growth?

I'm aboy with 17 yearsold but look like 14. Reason is my puberty growth havedelay. What medicine can help me to boost up puberty growth?

Hard to comment: Delay could be genetic or hormonal. I would want to see your growth chart & get an x-ray of your wrist/hand & have it assessed for bone maturity. If you have always been small & the bone maturity is 15 or later it is likely genetic. If your growth has slowed and bone maturity is 14 or less, it may be hormonal. Only specialized treatments could fix that with a hormone doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 16yrs and 166 tall im asian male I hit puberty around 14 and had a growth spurt since last year I have only grown an inch or less will I grow more

I'm 16yrs and 166 tall im asian male I hit puberty around 14 and had a growth spurt since last year I have only grown an inch or less will I grow more

Not much more: You seem to be in late puberty and your growth has slowed in the past year which is normal. My best guess is that you will grow perhaps another 1/2 inch and there is nothing that would help you grow more since your growth plates are closing ...Read more

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What to do to increase my growth in height through puberty?

What to do to increase my growth in height through puberty?

Healthy lifestyle: You are most likely to reach your tallest potential height by following a healthy diet, getting appropriate sleep & and remaining physiclly active. Nothing you eat or drink will add inches & normal kids who get hormone injections just get to their final height quicker, it would not add to final height. You can stunt your growth by the opposite, poor diet/sleep/inactivity can all take a toll. ...Read more