T10 Growth delay (ICD-10:R62.8)

March 9, 2024

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Growth delay refers to a condition in which a child’s growth rate is significantly below average for their age and gender. It can be caused by various factors, including genetic disorders, hormonal imbalances, chronic illnesses, and poor nutrition. This guide aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the diagnostic steps, possible interventions, and lifestyle changes that can help manage growth delay in children.


– ICPC-2 Code: T10 Growth delay
– ICD-10 Code: R62.8 Other lack of expected normal physiological development


  • Short stature: Children with growth delay are often significantly shorter than their peers.
  • Delayed puberty: Growth delay can also affect the onset of puberty, resulting in delayed sexual development.


  • Genetic disorders: Conditions such as Turner syndrome, Down syndrome, and Noonan syndrome can cause growth delay.
  • Hormonal imbalances: Deficiencies in growth hormone, thyroid hormone, or sex hormones can lead to growth delay.
  • Chronic illnesses: Conditions like kidney disease, heart disease, and gastrointestinal disorders can affect growth.
  • Poor nutrition: Inadequate intake of essential nutrients can hinder proper growth and development.

Diagnostic Steps

Medical History

  • Gather information about the child’s growth patterns, including birth weight, height, and any noticeable changes over time.
  • Ask about the child’s diet, exercise habits, and any chronic illnesses or medical conditions.
  • Inquire about the family history of growth-related disorders or genetic conditions.

Physical Examination

  • Measure the child’s height and weight to assess their growth parameters.
  • Evaluate the child’s body proportions, bone age, and any physical abnormalities.
  • Examine the child’s sexual development, including the presence of secondary sexual characteristics.

Laboratory Tests

  • Complete blood count (CBC): To check for any underlying infections or anemia.
  • Thyroid function tests: To assess the functioning of the thyroid gland.
  • Growth hormone stimulation test: To measure the child’s growth hormone levels and evaluate their response to stimulation.
  • Bone age X-ray: To determine the child’s skeletal maturity and compare it to their chronological age.

Diagnostic Imaging

  • Hand and wrist X-ray: To assess bone age and growth potential.
  • Skeletal survey: To identify any skeletal abnormalities or dysplasias.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain: To evaluate the pituitary gland and rule out any structural abnormalities.

Other Tests

  • Genetic testing: To identify any underlying genetic disorders that may be causing growth delay.
  • Endocrine evaluation: To assess the functioning of the endocrine system and identify any hormonal imbalances.

Follow-up and Patient Education

  • Schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor the child’s growth and adjust treatment plans if necessary.
  • Educate the patient and their family about the importance of proper nutrition, exercise, and adherence to treatment recommendations.
  • Provide resources and support for the emotional and psychological well-being of the child and their family.

Possible Interventions

Traditional Interventions


Top 5 drugs for Growth delay:

  1. Growth hormone therapy (e.g., Somatropin):
    • Cost: $500-$3000 per month.
    • Contraindications: Active malignancy, closed epiphyses.
    • Side effects: Headache, joint pain, fluid retention.
    • Severe side effects: Intracranial hypertension, pancreatitis.
    • Drug interactions: Glucocorticoids, estrogen.
    • Warning: Regular monitoring of growth parameters and potential adverse effects required.
  2. Levothyroxine (for hypothyroidism):
    • Cost: $10-$30 per month.
    • Contraindications: Acute myocardial infarction, uncorrected adrenal insufficiency.
    • Side effects: Increased appetite, weight loss, insomnia.
    • Severe side effects: Cardiac arrhythmias, osteoporosis.
    • Drug interactions: Calcium supplements, iron supplements.
    • Warning: Regular monitoring of thyroid function tests required.
  3. Anastrozole (for aromatase excess syndrome):
    • Cost: $100-$300 per month.
    • Contraindications: Severe liver disease, pregnancy.
    • Side effects: Joint pain, hot flashes, fatigue.
    • Severe side effects: Osteoporosis, cardiovascular events.
    • Drug interactions: Estrogen-containing medications, tamoxifen.
    • Warning: Regular monitoring of bone density and lipid levels required.
  4. Testosterone replacement therapy (for hypogonadism):
    • Cost: $50-$200 per month.
    • Contraindications: Prostate or breast cancer, untreated sleep apnea.
    • Side effects: Acne, fluid retention, mood changes.
    • Severe side effects: Cardiovascular events, liver toxicity.
    • Drug interactions: Anticoagulants, insulin.
    • Warning: Regular monitoring of testosterone levels and potential adverse effects required.
  5. Gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogs (e.g., Leuprolide):
    • Cost: $500-$2000 per month.
    • Contraindications: Pregnancy, undiagnosed vaginal bleeding.
    • Side effects: Hot flashes, decreased libido, mood changes.
    • Severe side effects: Osteoporosis, cardiovascular events.
    • Drug interactions: Estrogen-containing medications, tamoxifen.
    • Warning: Regular monitoring of bone density and potential adverse effects required.

Alternative Drugs :

  • Aromatase inhibitors (e.g., Letrozole): Used in cases of aromatase excess syndrome.
  • Clomiphene citrate: Stimulates ovulation in females with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism.
  • Growth hormone secretagogues (e.g., Tesamorelin): Stimulate the release of growth hormone.
  • Selective estrogen receptor modulators (e.g., Tamoxifen): Used in cases of aromatase excess syndrome.
  • Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone analogs (e.g., Triptorelin): Used in cases of central precocious puberty.

Surgical Procedures:

  • Limb lengthening surgery: Involves the gradual lengthening of bones to increase height. Cost: $50,000-$100,000.
  • Epiphyseal stapling: Placement of staples across the growth plate to slow down bone growth in one limb. Cost: $10,000-$20,000.
  • Growth plate transplantation: Transplantation of healthy growth plates to stimulate bone growth. Cost: $30,000-$50,000.

Alternative Interventions

  • Acupuncture: May help stimulate growth hormone release and improve overall well-being. Cost: $60-$120 per session.
  • Yoga: Can improve posture, flexibility, and overall physical and mental well-being. Cost: $10-$20 per session.
  • Nutritional supplements: Certain supplements, such as vitamin D, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids, may support growth and development. Cost: Varies depending on the specific supplement.
  • Physical therapy: Can help improve muscle strength, coordination, and overall physical fitness. Cost: $50-$100 per session.
  • Psychological counseling: Can provide emotional support and help manage any psychological issues related to growth delay. Cost: $100-$200 per session.

Lifestyle Interventions

  • Healthy diet: Encourage a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to support growth and development. Cost: Varies depending on food choices.
  • Regular exercise: Promote physical activity, such as swimming, cycling, or playing sports, to support bone health and overall growth. Cost: Varies depending on the chosen activity.
  • Adequate sleep: Ensure the child gets enough sleep to support growth and hormone production. Cost: None.
  • Stress management: Teach stress reduction techniques, such as deep breathing exercises or mindfulness, to promote overall well-being. Cost: None.
  • Avoidance of smoking and alcohol: Educate the child and their family about the negative effects of smoking and alcohol on growth and development. Cost: None.

It is important to note that the cost ranges provided are approximate and may vary depending on the location and availability of the interventions.

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Location: 1 (Sacrum)
Morning: 30 minutes,
Lunch: 30 minutes,
Evening: 30 minutes
Mode setting: 7 (Immunotherapy)
Location: 1 (Sacrum)
Morning: 30 minutes,
Lunch: 30 minutes,
Evening: 30 minutes
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Step 4: Monitor and Assess:

  • Keep track of your progress and evaluate the effectiveness of the Mirari device in managing your Growth delay. If you have any concerns or notice any adverse reactions, consult with your health care professional.


This guide is for informational purposes only and should not replace the advice of a medical professional. Always consult with your healthcare provider or a qualified medical professional for personal advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not solely rely on the information presented here for decisions about your health. Use of this information is at your own risk. The authors of this guide, nor any associated entities or platforms, are not responsible for any potential adverse effects or outcomes based on the content.

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