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CASE-BASED LITERATURE REVIEW
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 624-626

Hyperphagic short stature: A case report and review of literature


Department of Endocrinology, Seth GS Medical College, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Amol P Bukan
Department of Endocrinology, Seth GS Medical College, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.98026

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A 5½-year-old adopted girl was referred to us in view of short stature. After ruling out systemic illness, she was evaluated for growth hormone deficiency (GHD) by stimulation tests. The peak value was 3.47 ng/ml. She was then started on growth hormone (GH). At the end of 6 months of GH therapy, her height velocity was only 3 cm/year. There was a lack of attachment between the mother and the child. She had history of hyperphagia, stealing, and hoarding food. Psychiatry consultation confirmed that the child had appetite disorder, and hence was diagnosed as hyperphagic short stature (HSS). The girl and her parents are undergoing psychiatric therapy for the same. Psychosocial dwarfism seems to originate from serious disturbances in the mother-child relationship. These children mimic patients with GHD, but have poor response to GH therapy. This case underscores the importance of social environment in the growth of the individual.


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