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J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2005 Feb;18(2):165-9.

Final height in patients with constitutional delay of growth and development from tall statured families.

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Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital, University of Munich Auxologic Working Group, Munich, Germany.


Constitutional delay of growth and development occurs not only in children of short statured families but also in children of tall statured families. We represent the final height from 12 boys and 21 girls cared for CDGD. The mean target height for boys was 186.6 cm and for girls 173.6 cm and final heights were 191.2 and 176.9 cm, respectively. The final height of 14 patients exceeded the mean target height by more than 4 cm, nine patients exceeded the familial target height range. Only one boy did not reach the familial target height range. We conclude that CDGD occurs in equal quantities in boys and in girls irrespective of the familial height score and will lead to normal final heights within the familial target height range. In general, no therapy is necessary to alter the progression of CDGD.

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