What are the signs of a GI etiology for short stature?

Updated: Jan 06, 2021
  • Author: Sunil Kumar Sinha, MD; Chief Editor: Robert P Hoffman, MD  more...
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Review of symptoms by organ system provides additional clues to the etiology underlying short stature.

  • GI

    • Diarrhea, flatulence, or borborygmi (frequent, discomforting, or even audible peristalsis) suggest malabsorption.

    • Vomiting can suggest an eating disorder or a CNS disorder (eg, dysgerminoma).

    • Consider dietary intake and composition. In particular, ask about intake of carbonated beverages, juices, and other casual intake.

    • Pain or abdominal discomfort suggests inflammatory bowel diseases.


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