What causes of short stature?

Updated: Jan 06, 2021
  • Author: Sunil Kumar Sinha, MD; Chief Editor: Robert P Hoffman, MD  more...
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The nonendocrine causes of short stature (see Other Problems to be Considered) can be divided into 3 major categories, as follows:

  • Constitutional delay of growth and sexual development

  • Familial short stature

  • Chronic diseases of childhood: Among the chronic conditions, malnutrition remains the leading cause of short stature worldwide.


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