Shorter than other children of similar age

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  • Shorter than peers

  • Poor height growth

  • I'm short

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Shorter than other children of similar age

Possible Causes

  • Familial short stature

    A genetic cause of short height. It occurs when a child inherits genes for short height, from one or both of his parents.

  • Hypothyroidism

    A disorder where levels of thyroid hormone in the body are abnormally low. These hormones are needed for growth, development and metabolism.

  • Uterine hypoplasia

    Uterine hypoplasia is when a girl is born with a uterus that is abnormally small. The condition is sometimes referred to as a hypoplastic uterus.

  • Gynecomastia

  • Turner syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Arteriosclerosis obliterans
  • Gaucher disease or gangliosidosis (GM1,

Related Serious Diseases

  • Epilepsy

    Epilepsy is a neurological disorder where brain activity becomes abnormal. This can cause seizures of varying lengths of time and severity. Epilepsy can affect people of any age and may occur due to genetic disorders or brain injury such as stroke.

  • Brain tumor

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Are (or were) you shorter than other children around your age?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have any swelling in any part of your body?

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