Growth Disorders: Overview

Growth disorders usually refer to slow growth in children, but excessive growth disorders are also possible. Slow growth needs to be carefully watched to ensure it has not become weight loss in children. Various diseases can cause slowed growth in an infant or child, such as malabsorption syndromes, malnutrition, kidney disease, various infections, diabetes, and other causes. Slow growth in an infant is called “failure to thrive”. Excessive growth disorders can also occur such as obesity disorders, gigantism and acromegaly (even in adults).

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