Growing pain

José Eduardo Nogueira Forni Wahi Jalikhian About the authors

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Growing pain is a clinical entity responsible for 15% of pain in growing children. Its etiology is unknown with exclusion diagnosis, and leads to lower limbs extra-articular pain, with nocturnal predominance and which may limit children's physical activities and lead to family distress. This study aimed at reviewing major divergent points, such as etiology, diagnosis and treatment. CONTENTS: Growing pain, even having been described in 1823, is still of unknown etiology and although being a benign clinical entity, it brings concerns to parents and management difficulties for pediatric offices. CONCLUSION: Although being spontaneously healed, its treatment is important because it may lead to chronic pain in adult life.

Child; Growth; Pain


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