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Does puberty slow down the height growth in girls?

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Answered by

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

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Published At May 29, 2022
Reviewed AtJanuary 2, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My daughter has had her menarche about one year ago. Her growth slowed down and I wondered if she would grow more. We took her to a growth clinic and checked her bone age with AI (artificial intelligence) system. Her bone age turned out to be 13 years (her actual age was 12 years and 6 months). Her current height is 5.2 feet, and the TW3 prediction said her adult height is 5.5 feet+/- 0.1 inch. I wonder how reliable the prediction is, and what may stop her from reaching this potential height.

Answered by Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I just read your query and can understand your concern about your daughter. Since your daughter has reached puberty, the bone growth plates start fusing which is a normal process that occurs post-puberty. The bone growth starts decelerating and hence the height can not increase beyond a few +/- 2 inches at the most. The TW3 (Tanner Whitehouse) prediction is based on generalized data from the children and cannot be entirely precise. In this, the bone age is a round figure so it says 13 years and it is not unusual.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf
Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Endocrinology

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