April 1973

Growth in Children Following Renal Transplantation

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Southern California School of Medicine, and the Renal Division, Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;125(4):514-516. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160040030006

Twenty-six children who have survived at least one to four years following renal transplantation were evaluated for linear growth and variables.

Six children grew at a "normal" rate whereas eight adolescents who failed to grow had fused distal femoral and proximal tibial epiphyses at the time of transplantation. Bone age of less than 12 years emerged as the most critical factor in predicting whether or not growth was possible. The effects of steroids on growth were variable.