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Fifteen-minute consultation: The child with short stature
  1. Nadia Amin,
  2. Talat Mushtaq,
  3. Sabah Alvi
  1. Department of Paediatric Endocrinology, Leeds Children's Hospital, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sabah Alvi, Department of Paediatric Endocrinology, Leeds Children's Hospital, A Floor Brotherton Wing, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK; sabahalvi{at}


Short stature can be a cause of distress for children and families. It is not usually pathological, but it is important to identify treatable conditions. This article presents a systematic approach to the evaluation of a child with short stature, covering differential diagnoses, first line investigations and indications for treatment with growth hormone.

  • Endocrinology
  • Growth
  • Paediatric Practice
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