Short Stature in Children Topic Guide
Short Stature in Children: Short stature describes a person who is not as tall as the average for his or her sex, ethnic group, and family. Often, short stature does not indicate a medical condition (growth failure) and may just be a normal variation. Short stature can be caused by malnutrition, chronic disease, or genetics.
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