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March 1978

Disproportionate Growth of the Lower Extremities: A Major Determinant of Short Stature in Turner's Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

Am J Dis Child. 1978;132(3):296-298. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1978.02120280080018

• The relationships between the height (H), sitting height (SH), and the lower segment (H-SH) were studied in a group of 21 patients with Turner's syndrome. The SH/H ratio was markedly abnormal (0.55), equivalent to that of 6-year-old normal girls. The abnormality in ratio was a result of markedly shortened lower extremities. Further, there was a significant inverse correlation between SH/H-SH ratio and height such that patients with the most shortening of their legs were the shortest. The degree of abnormality in lower segment, therefore, is a major determinant of stature in Turner's syndrome.

(Am J Dis Child 132:296-298, 1978)

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