Genetic testing 'the way ahead' for idiopathic short stature

Up to 40% of cases of idiopathic short stature in children could receive a diagnosis if appropriate genetic testing was done, say UK endocrinologists.

Although half of first visits to paediatric endocrinology clinics concern a child’s short stature, pathology is not found in at least half the cases, they write in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

As most of these children reach adulthood with a stature that is short but within the normal range, many do not need treatment, they say.

Selecting children who will benefit from treatment is challenging, but a diagnosis