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Lack of growth

Also known as Failure to thrive, Growth immaturity, Poor weight gain, Slow movement, and Too short

Failure to thrive (FTT) or weight faltering used in both pediatric and adult medicine, as well as veterinary medicine (where it is also referred to as ill thrift) indicates insufficient weight gain or inappropriate weight loss.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of lack of growth are developmental disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), and autism. Other possible causes, such as epilepsy, are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with lack of growth often receive occupational therapy assessment, complete physical skin exam performed (ml), other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), physical therapy exercises, magnetic resonance imaging, mental health counseling, rectal examination and electroencephalogram (eeg) .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with lack of growth include somatropin, cyproheptadine, guanfacine (intuniv), melatonin, dexmethylphenidate (focalin), chlorothiazide, nizatidine (axid), multivitamin with minerals, decitabine, nitroprusside, mexiletine, riboflavin and rubella virus vaccine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for lack of growth include race/ethnicity = other, age 5-14 years, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years. On the other hand, age 30-44 years and age 45-59 years almost never get lack of growth.

Age

< 1 years
5.3x
1-4 years
6.8x
5-14 years
3.6x
15-29 years
0.3x
30-44 years
0.0x
45-59 years
0.0x
60-74 years
0.1x
75+ years
0.2x

Sex

Male
1.4x
Female
0.7x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.0x
Hispanic
1.4x
White
0.8x
Other
1.7x
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