Short stature is a major concern for patients and their parents, and represents a diagnostic challenge to the clinician. A correct diagnosis is of particular importance in view of the availability of effective, but costly, therapy in a small subset of cases. Many different genetic etiologies of short stature are known. Therefore, chromosome as well as molecular analysis are requisite diagnostic investigations in children with short stature. Particularly in the group of children with idiopathic short stature, possibilities of molecular analysis are often underestimated. Important options are UPD7 and the FGFR3, SHOX, GH1 and GHR genes. Furthermore, analysis of the IGF and IGF1R genes should be considered. We propose a flow chart for molecular analysis in short stature.
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