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Growth Disorders

Growth disorders are problems that prevent children from achieving normal height, weight or sexual maturity.  In Growth disorders some Children may be taller and some may be smaller while others look normal. At AED Hospital, we deal with children growth disorders and help you out to create the best outcomes for your child.


1. Short stature: This occurs  when your child is significantly shorter than kids of the same age and sex. This is usually due to genetic disorder and is not considered a growth disorder. Short parents tend to have short children. In some Children growth delay occurs when kids are small for their age but grow at a normal rate. These children tend to reach puberty and other secondary sexual characters much later than their peer groups and they grow until an older age, these kids do not have a growth disorder either.

Some children, however, do have growth disorders. Very slow or very fast growth can signal an overactive or under-active gland or another disease. Symptoms of growth disorders include the following:

Your pediatrician has most likely plotted your child's growth on a growth chart since infancy. Children who are at or below the 3rd or at or above the 97th percentile on the growth chart may have a growth disorder.

Shorter than other kids, immature child's face, attaining slower puberty than other kids of same age and gender usually reflects our eyes that kid has some growth disorder.


The gonads are the main source of sex hormones in both males and females. In males, they are called testes, which secrete testosterone. In girls, the ovaries produce eggs and secrete hormones including estrogen. Normally, these hormones help regulate the body changes associated with puberty. Sometimes, a high or low secretion of these hormones can either stop or have faster puberty and growth. 

Delayed puberty is defined as the lack of any signs of puberty by age 14 in either sex. Most often, delayed puberty is a result of constitutional growth delay. Sometimes, a medical condition can delay puberty. Malnourished kids may have delayed puberty as well.

Precocious puberty is when there are signs of secondary sexual maturation before 8 years of age in girls and 9 years of age in boys. In girls, signs of precocious puberty might include breast growth and a first period. Boys may have enlarged testicles and penis and facial hair. Both boys and girls both may have pubic or underarm hair growth, acne, and body odor as well. Causes might include ovarian cysts in girls and certain tumors in both girls and boys. Exposure to certain creams and ointments containing estrogen or testosterone might also trigger precocious puberty.


Congenital adrenal hyperplasia: This condition prevents the body from making enough cortisol. Children born with congenital adrenal hyperplasia may have other hormone imbalances that affect growth.

Turner syndrome, This condition is a genetic disorder that occurs in girls. Girls with Turner syndrome are short and usually have an abnormal puberty.Klinefelter syndrome occurs when a boy is born with an extra Y-chromosome (boys normally have one X- and one Y-chromosome). Boys with Klinefelter syndrome may have long legs and a short trunk, along with some sexual symptoms.

Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) occurs when a child has one X- and one Y-chromosome, as a boy does, but the body doesn’t process, or is resistant to, male hormones. This results in a child with mostly female physical characteristics, but the genetic makeup of a male.


AED is the first Endocrine research and treatment center in Kukatpally, Hyderabad. Run by a fully qualified endocrinologist available round the clock, AED provides both inpatient and outpatient services at a reasonable cost..

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