Early recognition of growth abnormalities permitting early intervention

Acta Paediatr. 2013 Aug;102(8):787-96. doi: 10.1111/apa.12266. Epub 2013 May 13.


Normal growth is a sign of good health. Monitoring for growth disturbances is fundamental to children's health care. Early detection and diagnosis of the causes of short stature allows management of underlying medical conditions, optimizing attainment of good health and normal adult height.

Conclusion: This review summarizes currently available information on monitoring for short stature in children and conditions usually associated with short stature and summarizes the authors' conclusions on the early recognition of growth disorders.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Body Height
  • Child
  • Child Welfare*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Early Diagnosis*
  • Early Medical Intervention / methods*
  • Female
  • Growth Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Growth Disorders / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / methods
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sex Factors
  • Time Factors