Growth problems refer to patients suffering from insufficient or otherwise abnormal growth. The growth problems are most frequently diagnosed if the patient is growing less than two inches or five centimetres per year. Growth problems may have various causes, and can be related to such things as familial short stature, constitutional growth delay also known as “late bloomers”, nutritional deficit, chronic medical conditions, diseases of the endocrine system, Turner syndrome, dwarfism, growth hormone deficiency, skeletal abnormalities, chromosomal abnormalities, and tall stature. However, uncertainty about the cause of some growth problems does still exist. The treatment may be regulated in regard to the specific growth problem. Options contain among others, growth hormone replacement, other hormone therapy, and nutritional therapy. In cases where the growth problem is a result of an underlying condition, treatment may target the underlying medical disorder.
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