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Patient Education

Short Stature (Height) in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: For Parents

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source: Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy


This information sheet is about short stature in people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It is written for parents and caregivers. You might want to start by reading the Introduction to the Endocrine System Sheet, which introduces you to some basic topics.

“Short stature” is defined as height below the normal range. Heights are compared to boys of the same age using a growth chart. Children whose heights are below the curve (less than 3rd percentile) on this chart are considered short. Having short parents is a common cause of being short. Being short does not affect your child’s health. In fact, shorter boys with Duchenne might get around better than taller boys. Some boys are not bothered by being short. However, it is possible that short stature may affect your child’s self esteem and relationships, and could lead to behavioral or emotional problems.

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