Referral pattern of children with short stature to a pediatric endocrine clinic in Kuwait

Dalia Mahmoud Yousef Alabdulrazzaq, Abdulla Al-Taiar, Kholoud Hassan, Basma Al-Twari, Abdulaziz Al-Osaimi, Iman Al-Busairi

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to describe the referral pattern, baseline characteristics, and etiological profile of children referred with short stature in Kuwait. This is a cross-sectional retrospective review of children referred to the Endocrine Clinic with short stature. Short stature was defined as height or length below the 3rd centile or <-2 standard deviation score (SDS). A total of 221 children were referred with no gender difference (p=0.346). Almost one fifth of these children had normal stature. Median (interquartile) age was 7.7 (4.7, 10.3) years and mean height SDS was -2.67 (0.68). The most common diagnoses were normal variants of growth, growth hormone deficiency (GHD). Our study highlights the need to improve the referral process in order to avoid unnecessary investigations and alleviate parental anxiety. There is no gender bias in short stature referrals in Kuwait. There is a need of further investigation of short stature in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1055-1061
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume29
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • Kuwait
  • Middle East
  • referral pattern
  • short stature
  • statural growth

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