Short Stature

Understanding skeletal related symptoms and features

Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.

The skeletal system is made up of all of the bones and joints of the body. This includes 270 bones at birth, which reduces to 206 once an individual reaches adulthood as some bones fuse together during this period.

The skeletal system has many crucial functions including the protection of crucial body organs, body movement, storing minerals and fats, and forming blood cells.

Symptoms affecting the skeletal system may be seen with the naked eye. Diagnosing a skeletal-related symptom may involve different tests and assessments, both subjective and objective.

Symptoms relating to the skeleton may affect the ability of an individual to function and move normally.

What is short stature?

Short stature is defined as one that is below the average height for a patient's age and gender. This is generally calculated as 2 standard deviations below average.
A short statute may have no underlying cause other than a family history of lower than average heights amongst family members. In some cases, short stature may be the result of extremely poor nutrition, a metabolic or endocrine disorder, certain types of cancer, or a genetic syndrome.

What should I do next?

In some instances, short stature may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case, fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis.

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