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Growth characteristics in twins and higher order multiple births

Growth characteristics in twins and higher order multiple births

Acta Geneticae Medicae et Gemellologiae 36(2): 197-208

Measurements of height and weight have been undertaken on 201 pairs of twins and 46 sets of higher multiples once each at various ages through childhood. The heights of twins are comparable to the overall population of singletons, those of higher multiples are slightly undersized. However, the total group of twins were shorter than expected when compared with the heights of parents and siblings, but this was entirely accounted for by that component of the group who at birth had been very light for dates. The children in all groups of multiples were underweight for their height in comparison with standards of a comparable population and with their own siblings.

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