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Short stature

Short stature: Introduction

Although a small body size can simply be within the normal ranges, it may also indicate various possible medical conditions. Conditions that retard growth during childhood may be genetic, metabolic, or simple environmental issues such as reduced food availability. Any body change or abnormality needs prompt professional medical advice for medical investigation and diagnosis....more »

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Causes of Short stature:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Short stature. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Short stature

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Causes of Types of Short stature:

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Short stature: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Short stature, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Short stature Treatments

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Stories from Users for Short stature

Real-life user stories relating to Short stature:

Message Boards for Short stature

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Short stature or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Short stature:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Short stature. Some of these are listed below :

  • General appearance and observation
    • Looking for any dysmorphic ( abnormality of shape) features of face and body that may suggest the cause of the short stature - e.g. Down syndrome, Noonan syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome, Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome.
    • Determine if the body parts are in proportion - The appearance of the long bones, spine, pelvis and skull help enable diagnosis of the cause of short stature. e.g. Turner syndrome and Noonan syndrome have short stature with normal body proportions; Achondroplasia (dwarfism) have short stature with disproportionately short limbs, relatively large head, small face, narrow nasal passages, forward projection of the jaw bone, exaggerated curvature of the lumbar spine, short fingers.
  • Physical examination
    • Measure height, weight and head circumference. There is no clear demarcation between normal and short stature. As a general rule, any child whose height falls below the 3rd centile should be considered short. However occasionally a child whose height is above the 3rd centile may be considered short in relation to the family average height pattern
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Medications or substances causing Short stature:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Short stature as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Short stature: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Short stature may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Short stature

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Short stature. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

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Short stature: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Short stature

Mild worm infections undiagnosed in children: Human worm infestations, esp. threadworm, can be overlooked in some cases, because it may cause only mild or even absent symptoms. more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it more »

Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure. The "cuff" around the arm to measure more »

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, but migraines can also occur in children. See misdiagnosis of migraine or more »

Short stature: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Short stature

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Short stature: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Causes of Short stature listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Short stature as a symptom include:

Definitions of Short stature:

A condition in which an infant or child's weight gain and growth are far below usual levels for age.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Organs affected by Short stature:

The list of organs typically affected by Short stature may include, but is not limited to:

  • General constitution

Detailed list of causes of Short stature

The list below shows some of the causes of Short stature mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Short stature?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Short stature. Of the 1396 causes of Short stature that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 5 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 7 causes are "common" diseases
  • 6 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 9 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 22 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 1359 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Short stature:

The following list of conditions have 'Short stature' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Short stature:

The following list of medical conditions have Short stature or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.















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Causes of Short stature Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Short stature based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Short stature?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Short stature, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Short stature:

    Body height decreased, Failure to thrive
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Short stature:

    Subtypes of Short stature:

    Dwarfism (119 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Short stature:

    Body symptoms (5672 causes), Growth symptoms (2485 causes), Poor growth (2366 causes), Infant symptoms (2900 causes), Developmental symptoms (4007 causes), Skeletal symptoms (4109 causes), Child health symptoms (230 causes)

    Symptoms related to Short stature:

    Delayed growth (2366 causes), Failure to thrive (955 causes), Developmental delay, Constitutional delay of growth and development, Familial short stature, Malnutrition (111 causes), Dwarfism (119 causes), Down's syndrome, Ullrich Turner syndrome, Leri Weill dysschrondrosteosis, Chronic diseases of childhood

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    Medical News summaries about Short stature

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    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Short stature

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