What are the signs of an environmental etiology for short stature?

Updated: Jan 06, 2021
  • Author: Sunil Kumar Sinha, MD; Chief Editor: Robert P Hoffman, MD  more...
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  • Participation in sports that require weight control (eg, wrestling, crew, gymnastics) may be associated with anorexia nervosa or bulimia induced by the patient, peers, or coaches.

  • Growth is often impaired in refugees and in children emerging from foster care or certain international adoption settings.

  • The growth pattern with adequate nutrition in a loving environment over time is critical to distinguish pathologic GF from normal variant short stature in such patients.


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