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Short Stature: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?


How is the treatment done?

The short stature syndrome is a condition where the height of an individual in significantly lower than the average height of that respective age, sex, racial group or the family. This is a form of growth failure which results in short stature syndrome. The specific cause of this syndrome depends on various conditions. You can have this syndrome if you face malnutrition. Poor weight gain is one of the common reasons why you can develop this syndrome. Some genetic problems are also associated with this condition. This syndrome is also known to be hereditary as the genes in your body fail to function with the growth hormones in your body. This syndrome commonly displays you to have abnormal body structure and a severe stunted growth. The skeletal structure might be abnormal as well and you might face difficulties in performing your day to day activities. Other symptoms of this condition are that you can have a delayed puberty and also experience abnormal weight loss. However, children who have this syndrome do not develop any specific diseases. These children continue to grow for a long period of time but the rate at which they grow are very slow. This condition is rare and occurs mainly due to hormonal disorders.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

The treatment procedure first involves conducting various tests where the cause of the syndrome is recognized. It might be due to hormonal disorders or maybe due to malnutrition as well. An X Ray is conducted to confirm any defects regarding the anatomical structure of your body. Mostly an insulin tolerance test is conducted to check whether you have a deficiency in your growth hormone or not. Other forms of tests are thyroid stimulating tests, blood count tests, metabolic tests and many inflammatory tests which help to decide the course of treatment for this syndrome. After these tests hormone injections are mostly injected in the patient’s blood stream as these injections help to elevate the growth hormone levels and in return elevate your stunted growth. Pituitary hormone deficiencies are also a major reason for this syndrome and the medical expert might also use respective hormonal injections to cure the same. In severe cases of this condition nothing can be done to cure this condition and the affected individuals have a shorter life span compared to others. Hormonal injections are proven to be effective but the results mainly depend on the response of the individuals and their immune system as well. This condition is somewhat hereditary as well and if the parents are diagnosed with this condition then the chances are that their children will have this condition of short stature too.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

You should seek medical attention if you notice that your child has a significantly shorter height than most of the other individuals of his/her age group. You are also eligible for the treatment if you notice that the growth rate is stunted, you have late puberty and sometimes abnormal anatomical structures.

Are there any side effects?

Sometimes the growth is stunted only due to malnutrition and genetical factors. You might grow at a later stage but it will just take longer than the average growth rate of others. If that is the case then you are not eligible for the hormonal treatments for this condition.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The treatment procedure does not always work for everyone and has various complications along with it. The treatment might cause you to have pain in joints, various infections, improper bone formation, possibility of arthritis, bowed legs and various limb problems.

How long does it take to recover?

You should continue with the injections that you are prescribed with and apply them at regular intervals and whenever it is necessary. You should also have a nutritious diet to edge out the problem of malnutrition that you face. You should also continue with various physiotherapies so that the bowed legs and abnormal bone structures are corrected at a maximum level.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

This syndrome cannot be completely eliminated and this lasts for the rest of your life. This syndrome might show a few signs of development but mostly it impairs your life expectancy with various complications.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The hormonal injections and the medications that are prescribed range from Rs. 3,500 to Rs. 15,000. The therapies that you might require also range from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30,000.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The results of the treatment show a little improvement but it also comes along with various complications that adversely affect you. This syndrome cannot be cured completely.

Popular Questions & Answers

I want to increase my height ,I am now 20 .is it possible by medications without any surgery. Now my stature is 5'3 ,I want another 3 inches because I am looking too short, my both parents also too short (4'10,4'8).is there any solution?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
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Hi, your height can grow till 25 years of age. If you haven't yet reached the age, you may try the following remedies - 1. Take flax seed powder - 1 tablespoon after lunch and dinner with warm water. 2. Take lakshadi guggul - 2 tablets, twice a da...

Good evening I am facing short stature problem. I want to know how can I fix this pls reply me.

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It may not be possible to increase height now. You should learn accept it and focus on positive things.

Will doing surya namaskar yoga and a few stretches everyday help in reducing my central part of my body? I am 51 years old and obese and short stature and do not have a physically active job.

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Hi also try this with your physical activity tips for weight loss eat fresh vegetables daily. Avoid having sugar completely. Eat whole wheat bread instead of white bread; avoid everything made from white flour and make whole wheat bread, chapattis...

I am 30 years old and have a short stature, my weight is 62.6 now, I am trying hard but it's so difficult to lose weight. Please help or suggest something which will help me lose weight. Thanks,

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Dear, Obesity in ayurveda is known as Medorog and is defined excessive body fat accumulation in body. Medo roga specially found predominantly pitta body type constitution. The disturbed ?Pitta-the digestive fire? is disturbed leading to improper d...

She is short stature. How can her height could be increased? To whom we should consult? Which branch of medicine? Please tell me doctors available for this at Bikaner, Jodhpur, Bhatinda, Jaipur or Delhi.

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Hello lybrate user, you can take homoeopathic medicine-- Rite hite ,Take 2 tablet, 3 times daily. You can also purchase my package for increase height. If you would like to consult with me privately, please click on 'consult'.
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