Differential diagnosis of short stature and poor growth velocity

Jesper Johannesen and Christopher T. Cowell

in Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Second edition

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ISBN: 9780199235292
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608232 | DOI:

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Differential diagnosis of short stature and poor growth velocity

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Stature reflects the interaction between the genetic background of an individual and a variety of prenatal and postnatal influences including nutrition, hormones, general health, and psychological factors. Stature is a continuum ranging from tall to short individuals, the majority of those whose height is less than the 3rd centile will be representative of this normal continuum. Short individuals with a recognizable disorder are found with increasing frequency at the extremes of the population variation. The diagnostic approach to short stature will be discussed, with emphasis on the epidemiology of short stature and poor growth, the diagnoses that need to be considered, and their aetiology.

Chapter.  10643 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Endocrinology and Diabetes

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