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My son's is 15 between 14&15 he only grew 1inch we requested

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My son's is 15 between 14&15 he only grew 1inch we requested an bone age x-Ray as he had been at the 70th percentile in growth since 11 and dropped off sharply. The bone age study shows a bone age of 17. His plates have not fused but the endocrinologist said he will only grow a few more centimeters. I am wondering if blood work should be done to see if there are any underlying issues that caused this? I do feel that he entered puberty young (armpit hair by 13, can grow a goatee at 15). So maybe his growth chart was skewed?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Abid replied 2 years ago.

Hi there ...

He should get Growth hormone levels along with Thyroid function test .

And immediately he should be on Growth hormone injections .

so ask his dr , to start treatment .

Good luck .

Positive feedback will be appreciated .

Thanks .

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.


I disagree

Growth hormone injections are in NO WAY indicated.

Studies clearly show that at this age there will be no significant effect

I am a double board certified US doctor.

I will give you correct answers.

Please list all testing he has had.

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.

I will tell you, in fact, that the rest of his growth pattern is not entirely predictable.

He can still grow more than " a few centimeters" even now.

However, if you have doubts, an endocrinologist will tell you the same things I am.

Given his situation, studies have clearly indicated that whatever left he has to grow will not be positively or significantly affected by giving him growth hormone. Recommending this would not be evidence based, nor would it be a medical standard of care in the US.

As to testing.

All routine labs, which included liver function and kidney function.

Adrenal panel

TSH and T4

Sex hormone panel and SHBG.

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