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Posted by Sandie on January 16, 2000 at 21:52:15:

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.

Hi, I have son with cp and he is eleven years old and he is five feet tall and wears a mens ten shoe. The peds doctor said he will be about 6'3 inches tall according to his bone structure. I am really surprised when i read your email on here. Cause I am beginning to wonder if my son will slow down any. He is growing so fast that we have to keep getting his afo's changed every three months. I wish you the best of luck and take care.Sandie

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