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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2005 Oct;52(5):1351-68, vii.

Long-term growth and puberty concerns in international adoptees.

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  • 1International Adoption Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, 8505 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22031, USA.


Growth delay is one of the most common and persistent findings in children who have been adopted from abroad. Although the cause is not clearly understood, it may be related to the observed phenomenon of psychosocial short stature described in children from abusive and neglectful settings in western countries. Fortunately, adopted children generally experience significant improvement in growth after joining their new family, but this may put girls at risk for early and rapidly progressing puberty. This review should help the health care team to understand these issues and work better with the adoptive parents to ensure a child's smooth transition into family life.

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