Mohit Upadhye, Dr. Asha P. T., Dr. Aarti Kinikar


Background: Growth failure is an important complication of β-Thalassemia major in pediatric patients.
Aims and objectives: To estimate the prevalence of short stature in the pediatric patients of β-thalassemia major.
Materials and methods: 122 β-thalassemia major patients between 1 to 12 years of age, receiving regular blood transfusions with or without iron
chelation therapy were enrolled in this record based study. The data was analyzed using WHO growth standards.
Results: 34.43% of the patients were of short stature. 59.52% of the short stature patients were underweight. The maximum number of short stature
patients was seen in the age group of 11 to 12 years.
Conclusion: The prevalence of short stature in β-thalassemia major is 34.43%. Patients in the age group of 11 to 12 years seem to be most affected.
Malnutrition is more prevalent in short stature than in normal stature thalassemia patients.


Growth failure, Prevalence, Short stature, Thalassemia

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