einstein (São Paulo). 01/Oct/2010;8(4 Pt 1):430-2.

Diagnosis of growing pains in a Brazilian pediatric population: a prospective investigation

Luciana Pereira Almeida de Piano, Ricardo Prado Golmia, Andrea Pimentel Fonseca Golmia, Adriana Maluf Elias Sallum, Lucia Akemi Nukumizu, Damião Guedes Castro, Morton Aaron Scheinberg

DOI: 10.1590/S1679-45082010AO1692

ABSTRACT

Objective:

To establish the clinical aspects of growing pains and to determine, through differential diagnosis, how many patients who referred themselves to a specialized clinic were found to have growing pains.

Methods:

This study prospectively examined the presence of growing pains in a self-reported population of children and adolescents with signs and symptoms (lower limb pains) of unexplained etiology.

Results:

A total of 345 children and adolescents were evaluated; 174 (50.4%) were males and 171 (49.6%) were females. Three hundred cases were classified as growing pains (87%).

Conclusion:

A high frequency of growing pains was found in our study population and it shows that in a prospective evaluation of patients with signs and symptoms of unknown etiology we can find a frequency higher than that reported in literature.

Diagnosis of growing pains in a Brazilian pediatric population: a prospective investigation

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