Evaluation of the Child with Short Stature

Charles T. Mehlman, Michael C. Ain

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Orthopedic surgeons frequently encounter short statured patients. A systematic approach is needed for proper evaluation of these children. The differential diagnosis includes both proportionate and disproportionate short stature types. A proper history and physical examination and judicious use of plain film radiography will establish the diagnosis in most cases. In addition to the orthopedic surgeon, most of these patients will also be evaluated by other specialists, including endocrinologists and geneticists. This article provides an overview of the evaluation of the child with short stature and offers several illustrative examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-531
Number of pages9
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • Children
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Physical examination
  • Prenatal evaluation
  • Short stature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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