Failure to Thrive Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: Andrew P Sirotnak, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Munchausen syndrome by proxy

Inborn error of metabolism and metabolic disease

Other endocrine disorder (thyroid disease, diabetes mellitus)

Genetic disorder


Formula intolerance or allergy

Renal tubular acidosis

Congenital heart defect

Infants who are premature and who have had complications in the newborn period are at risk for growth failure. Premature infants who have intensive care needs at home are at greater risk for neglect or abuse.

Differential Diagnoses