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Dr. Benjamin Nwosu
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Short Stature (Overview)

Defined as having a height below the 5th percentile for your age and gender.


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What causes short stature and what is one way to increase height?

What causes short stature and what is one way to increase height?

Genetic: Most causes are genetic. My parents are short, and hence I am too. Just my bad luck, and nothing to do about it. Some are short because their skeletal systems are a little behind, and they catch up later. Again, nothing to do. A few will be deficient in growth hormone, and testing around 5-6 years old may show that. Replacement therapy can help increase height but gh replacement is a big deal. ...Read more

Dr. Benjamin Nwosu
45 doctors shared insights

Short Stature (Overview)

Defined as having a height below the 5th percentile for your age and gender.


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What does having a short stature mean?

What does having a short stature mean?

Relative term: Short stature is generally a term reserved for those in the shorter percentile range on a standardized growth chart, or those that are shorter than their expected height based upon their parents height. ...Read more

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How do you treat short stature and how to prevent the closing of the bones - will this allow the boy (14 yrs) to continue growing?

How do you treat short stature and how to prevent the closing of the bones - will this allow the boy (14 yrs) to continue growing?

Variable: There are strict fda-approved indications for gh rx which include gh deficiency, certain syndromes, and severe small stature as determined by growth chart plots. Experimental treatment with Letrozole is available thru some pediatric endocrine centers, which can help to keep growth plates open, but se may be fertility issues and spine problems. It's not fda approved and may not be worth risks. ...Read more

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What is the best age to begin growth hormone treatment for short stature?

Indications : Gh is tightly regulated with specific fda indications for its use. Short stature by itself is not an indication to use gh. When gh is prescribed certainly it is better to give it sooner rather than later but there is normally no urgency. Hypoglycemia in infants with gh deficiency may be an exception. Patients with pws start during infancy. ...Read more

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I'm short stature, how can get taller?

I'm short stature, how can get taller?

No: Once the growth centers of the long bones close in adolescence, no further linear growth will be possible. ...Read more

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What are some reasons for short stature other than genetics?

What are some reasons for short stature other than genetics?

Any number of things: Genetics is the largest determinant of most people's height. However, nutritional status, and overall well being play significant roles as well. Someone who is significantly shorter than their genetic height prediction should receive an evaluation which might include testing for systemic illnesses (kidney disease, liver disease, etc) along with hormonal issues (thyroid, growth hormone, etc). ...Read more

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What does having a short stature mean?

Relative term: Short stature is generally a term reserved for those in the shorter percentile range on a standardized growth chart, or those that are shorter than their expected height based upon their parents height. ...Read more

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I'm short stature, how can get taller?

No: Once the growth centers of the long bones close in adolescence, no further linear growth will be possible. ...Read more