Growth Disorders

If you're concerned about your child's rate of growth, we urge you to get a proper diagnosis without delay. The Growth Disorders Center at Cedars-Sinai can determine whether a problem is present, identify the causes and map out a treatment plan.

Short stature has many causes. In general, it can be divided into two major types, proportionate and disproportionate short stature. Proportionate short stature (in which the body proportions are normal) can be due to causes such as hormonal imbalances. Once these are diagnosed they can be treated medically. Disproportionate short stature (in which the arms or legs are short relative to the body or the body is short in relation to the limbs) is usually caused by problems that affect the bones. Depending on the specific diagnosis, treatment may be available for this as well.

The Growth Disorders Center at Cedars-Sinai is an internationally renowned for providing a full range of diagnostic services, counseling for the patient and family members and treatment for certain types of growth disorders. Treatment programs include new applications of extended limb lengthening. The center also offers specialty services for related problems. These include evaluations for hormonal imbalances, vision, hearing, speech and dental problems; evaluations for neurologic symptoms (such as back pain); bone problems (such as bowlegs, clubfeet and scoliosis); and advice about family planning, obstetrical care, prenatal counseling and prenatal diagnosis.

To help each patient and family better cope with the problems associated with growth disorders, we offer professional counseling services and will assist you in obtaining any special services needed.

Cedars-Sinai's Growth Disorders Center is a national and international referral center. It also houses the International Skeletal Dysplasia Registry.