Which conditions are included in the differential diagnoses of pediatric growth failure (failure to thrive)?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: Andrew P Sirotnak, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Munchausen syndrome by proxy

Inborn error of metabolism and metabolic disease

Other endocrine disorder (thyroid disease, diabetes mellitus)

Genetic disorder


Formula intolerance or allergy

Renal tubular acidosis

Congenital heart defect

Infants who are premature and who have had complications in the newborn period are at risk for growth failure. Premature infants who have intensive care needs at home are at greater risk for neglect or abuse.

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