Short stature: a common feature in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Eur J Pediatr. 1988 Aug;147(6):602-5. doi: 10.1007/BF00442472.


In a retrospective growth evaluation, which included parental height, birth length and a longitudinal analysis of growth and bone maturation, it has been shown that short stature is a common finding in Duchenne muscular dystrophy already in an early or even preclinical stage. Normal length and weight at birth, slow subsequent growth with a curve crossing the centiles in the 1st years of life, and normal bone maturation are characteristic of this type of short stature.

MeSH terms

  • Body Height
  • Body Weight
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Genes, Recessive
  • Growth Disorders / physiopathology
  • Growth*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Muscular Dystrophies / genetics
  • Muscular Dystrophies / physiopathology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • X Chromosome