Is ADHD linked to slow growth patterns?

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Prior studies have shown a connection between medication-treated ADHD in children and slow growth patterns. “Previous studies have demonstrated a relationship between medication treatment for ADHD and short stature with slow growth noted initially, followed eventually by catch up growth,” said Vidhya Viswanathan, MD, a pediatric endocrinology fellow at the University of Indiana School of Medicine in Indianapolis. However, according to Viswanathan’s findings reported in a Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society poster session that was included in the Pediatric Academic Societies’ annual meeting, growth hormone deficiency cases appear in general pediatric populations almost as much as in pediatric populations with ADHD. A retrospective chart review of 6,887 children revealed that “growth hormone deficiency affected 12% of the children who were not diagnosed with ADHD and 18% of the children who were diagnosed with ADHD (P=0.18),” said Viswanathan. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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