Threshold of evaluation for short stature in a pediatric endocrine clinic: differences between boys versus girls?


Journal Article

OBJECTIVES:To determine the height, age, and sex distribution of children evaluated for poor growth or short stature in a pediatric endocrinology clinic. STUDY DESIGN:Cross-sectional study between March 2001 and July 2003. Sex, age, height, and parental height were abstracted from new patient visits for short stature. RESULTS:There was a bimodal pattern for the age distribution at presentation. There were no significant gender differences in height z-score or height deficit. Overall, more boys than girls were evaluated. CONCLUSIONS:More males than females were evaluated, particularly during adolescence. The implications of this differential utilization of subspecialty care remain to be determined.

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Cited Authors

  • Lee, JM; Davis, MM; Clark, SJ; Kemper, AR

Published Date

  • January 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 21 - 26

PubMed ID

  • 17315525

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17315525

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2191-0251

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0334-018X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1515/jpem.2007.20.1.21


  • eng