Short Stature in Children (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
Contact your doctor or health-care practitioner if your child is significantly shorter than most children his or her age, if you notice a decrease in his or her growth rate, or if the child has stopped growing.
Exams and Tests
The doctor or health-care practitioner will perform a complete history and physical examination, including measurements of the child's height, weight, limbs, and trunk. The doctor may perform blood tests to determine if the cause of short stature is related to a hormone deficiency or genetic disorder. Tests that may be performed include the following:
The doctor may take a simple X-ray of the left hand and wrist to assess bone age.
Other scans and special tests may be performed if a tumor is suspected to be the cause of delayed growth.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/2/2015
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