Children who have growth failure over a significant time period develop short stature. The objective in developing this guideline was to assist the pediatrician in the evaluation of short stature and to determine when a referral to a pediatric endocrinologist is warranted.
This guideline includes the following:
1.) Key points of recording history, particularly familial history, as well as dietary and exercise history;
2.) Physical exam recommendations, which include assessing for chronic disease that would delay growth and/or dysmorphology that would be suggestive of a chromosomal abnormality;
3.) Laboratory evaluation; and
4.) Indications for a referral to a pediatric endocrinologist.
If you are a physician and would like more information on the Clinical Practice and Referral Guideline for Short Stature, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a parent and concerned that your child may have growth issues, please consult with your child’s pediatrician or primary care physician.