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Tall stature 

Tall stature
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Tall stature
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Primus E. Mullis

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199235292.003.7096
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date: 26 June 2019

The term tall stature simply means that the child’s height is above the 97th percentile (corresponding to a standard deviation score (SDS) of +1.88). It says nothing about the underlying cause and is not itself a growth abnormality; indeed, most children with tall stature are normal. Although as many children have heights greater than 2 SD above the mean as have heights greater than 2 SD below the mean, tall stature in childhood usually generates less anxiety than shortness and, therefore, referral for tall stature is less common than it is for short stature.

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