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Short stature 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 by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. What is the age of the person with short stature?
  2. Did the person with the short stature have an initial period of time when height and growth was normal?

    Why: Growth failure may occur from birth, as in cystic fibrosis, whereas in celiac disease, for example, growth failure occurs after a period of normal growth (see Poor_growth).

  3. Was the infant born prematurely?

    Why: may contribute to poor feeding and poor growth in the infant.

  4. Was the child born with any birth defects?

    Why: e.g. any abnormality either structural or functional, identified at any age, but that began before birth such as anencephaly, cystic fibrosis, fetal alcohol syndrome, Down syndrome, hypothyroidism, congenital heart disease.

  5. History of infection, alcoholism or drugs ingested by the mother during pregnancy?

    Why: The effects on the growth pattern after birth will depend on the timing, duration and severity of the insult during pregnancy.

  6. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. chronic severe disorders such as congenital heart disease and chronic renal failure can cause poor growth and short stature.

  7. Medications? chronic use of oral corticosteroids may lead to Cushing's syndrome, growth failure and short stature
  8. Family height patterns?

    Why: 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. If several adult family members are short, the child's short stature is likely to be familial.

  9. Family history?

    Why: e.g. genetic disorders, stillbirths or deaths in infancy, dwarfism, Noonan syndrome, osteogenesis imperfecta, Fanconi syndrome , Down syndrome.

  10. Developmental delay?

    Why: e.g. gross motor skills, fine motor function, language, hearing, social skills and understanding.

  11. Shortness of breath?

    Why: If shortness of breath is severe it will affect feeding and may cause failure to thrive and short stature e.g. congenital heart disease, heart failure, asthma, cystic fibrosis.

  12. Diarrhea?

    Why: may suggest malabsorption of nutrients (e.g. celiac or Crohn's disease) as the cause of short stature.

  13. Obesity?

    Why: may suggest hypothyroidism, growth hormone deficiency, Cushing's disease.

  14. Symptoms of Turner syndrome?

    Why: e.g. short girls with normal body proportions. They have some of the following features including webbed neck, shield shaped chest, dark pigmented moles, delayed puberty, infertility, learning difficulties.

  15. Symptoms of Noonan syndrome?

    Why: e.g. short children of either sex with normal body proportions, webbed neck, broad forehead, increased distance between the eyes, droopy eyelids, down slanting eyes, flat nasal bridge, low set ears, hunching of the shoulders, failure of the testicles to descend (in males), mild mental retardation.

  16. Symptoms of Achondroplasia (dwarfism)?

    Why: e.g. 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, slow development of gross motor milestones. Mental development is usually normal.

  17. Symptoms of osteogenesis imperfecta?

    Why: e.g. short stature, short limbs, multiple fractures in childhood due to increased bone fragility, bony deformity, blue color to the sclera of the eye, deafness, hunching of the shoulders.

  18. Symptoms of hypothyroidism (in children)?

    Why: e.g. poor growth, short stature, cool hands and feet, constipation, preference for warm weather, intolerance to cold weather, hoarse voice, overweight and slow mental functioning.

  19. Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. weight gain especially central abdominal, change of appearance, moon-like face, thin skin, easy bruising, excessive facial hair growth, acne, muscle weakness, lack of or rare menstrual periods, poor libido, depression, psychosis, insomnia, frequent urination, excessive thirst, growth arrest in children.

  20. Symptoms of McCune-Albright syndrome?

    Why: e.g. mainly affect girls, skin pigmentation (isolated dark brown to light brown patches which tend to remain on one side of the midline), early puberty, ultimate short stature, localized bone pain, deformities or fractures, headache, seizures, hearing loss and sometimes Cushing-like symptoms.

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.


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