Clinical review of failure to thrive in pediatric patients

Catherine Larson-Nath, Vincent F. Biank

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Failure to thrive (FTT) is a common problem that occurs when caloric intake is insufficient to maintain growth. For the majority of children it can be reversed with behavioral modifications and increased caloric provisions. In a minority of cases, FTT is the symptom of underlying organic disease. Routine evaluation with laboratory tests, imagining studies, and endoscopy results in an etiology of FTT in <1.4% of cases, and when investigations are positive the organic etiology is most often suspected based on history and/or physical examination. Therefore, these evaluations should be limited to those children with clear symptoms of organic disease and those who fail to grow with behavioral and nutritional interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e46-e49
JournalPediatric annals
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2016

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