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Over 60% of Tehrani students suffer from skeletal abnormalities

TEHRAN, Jan.25 (Mehr News Agency) - More than 60% of the capital's students suffer from height and skeletal abnormalities, an official in Tehran's Physical Education Department said here on Sunday. Girls due to lack of exercise are more likely to suffer height and skeletal abnormalities, Hossen Qaemi said.

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Kyphosis (excessive outward curvature of the spine, causing hunching of the back), Lordosis (inward curvature of the spine), Scoliosis (lateral (sideways) deviation of the spine), and rickets are among the main abnormalities Tehrani students suffer from, Qaemi added.

Short stature and tall stature are usually not a health concern. If the degree of deviation from normal is significant, hereditary short stature is known as familial short stature and tall stature is known as familial tall stature.

There are, however, various diseases and disorders that cause growth abnormalities. Most notably, extreme height may be pathological, such as gigantism (very rare) resulting from childhood hyperpituitarism, and dwarfism which has various causes. Rarely, no cause can be found for extreme height; very short persons may be termed as having idiopathic short stature.

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