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Posted by tony on November 20, 1999 at 08:43:18:

In Reply to: Height and CP posted by Victoria on November 17, 1999 at 00:37:46:

: Hi everyone,

: Based on the research that is out there, it seems, that people with CP are shorter and slimmer than "normal" people of the same age, and I was wondering if anyone that has CP or has a child with CP is also shorter than people without CP, and if this can be treated (is it even possible to treat this).

: Any feedback would be appreciated, as this is quite important to me. I am a 20 year old female, and I have mild ataxic Cerebral Palsy. I am 5'1", and had I not had CP I would have been 5'5" - 5'6" (I know this, because I did some calculating; there are mathematical formulas to determine one's height and everybody in my family is quite tall). In addition, my hands and fingers are very small, and, I am slimmer and look more "child-like" than "normal" people of the same age, and height. I brought this subject up with my doctor and specialist, and, it seemed, that they did not want to talk about it (a year ago and when I was 15-16 yrs old), and they didn't even tell me that people with CP are shorted than "normal" people.

: Again, any feedback would be appreciated.
: Thank-you.
My daughter has a mild C.P. but taller than the normal kids with the same age bracket. Our impression before was people with C.P.'s tend to grow taller than average. Cheer up !! Don't worry be happy!!

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