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

Joyce M. Lee*, Matthew M. Davis, Sarah J. Clark, Alex R. Kemper

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-26
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007

Keywords

  • Evaluation
  • Sex differences
  • Short stature
  • Sub-specialty utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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