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August 1989

Sex Steroids Do Not Influence Somatic Growth in Childhood

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Buffalo and State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1989;143(8):942-943. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1989.02150200102026

• The influence of sex steroids on somatic growth during childhood was evaluated by reviewing linear growth characteristics of 18 agonadal patients with normal sex chromosomes. None of the heights throughout childhood and before the onset of sex steroid therapy were below 2 SDs of the mean. Based on the normal z scores of these patients, we concluded that somatic growth throughout the childhood and prepubertal years is not sex-steroid dependent.

(AJDC. 1989;143:942-943)

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