Threshold of evaluation for short stature in a pediatric endocrine clinic: differences between boys versus girls?
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.
Lee, JM; Davis, MM; Clark, SJ; Kemper, AR
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