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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- Malabsorption Disorders: Malabsorption refers to a lack of absorption of nutrients in the digestive system. This can cause general malnutrition, pernicious anemia
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- Kidney Disorders: Kidney disorders, or renal disorders, refers to any of the group of diseases that affect the kidneys. Acute kidney conditions
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- Diabetes: Diabetes is a metabolic disease where the body loses the ability to properly process sugars (glucose). The full medical name
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- Failure to Thrive: Failure to Thrive refers to when an infant fails to gain weight and continue on the usual growth path. It
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- Obesity: Obesity is an excess of body weight due to fatty tissue. Milder forms are called “overweight”. See also the symptom
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