What Are Growth Disorders?
Growth disorders are problems that prevent children from reaching normal height, weight, or sexual maturity. Growth differences can be due to:
- Short stature of parents, which means your child may grow to a similar height
- Delayed growth, also called constitutional delay of growth (late bloomers)
- Hormone deficiencies -- for example, low levels of growth hormone, thyroid hormone, or other pituitary hormone disorders
- Health conditions that can cause poor growth, such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or kidney disease
- Genetic disorders, such as Turner or Noonan syndromes
Trusted Care for Growth Disorders in Children
A Team of Specialists
Our pediatric endocrinologists treat all types of growth disorders in children of all ages, and team with other specialists throughout Duke to deliver comprehensive care. We carefully evaluate your child’s health and customize treatment based on the cause and type of their growth disorder. If it’s related to a health condition, your child’s endocrinologist will work closely with specialists such as gastroenterologists or nephrologists.
Our clinical administrators will help coordinate your child's appointments and assist you with the insurance process.
Access to Research
Our pediatric endocrinologists are also researchers who are helping to advance care for children with growth disorders.