Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology

LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 396-

Impact of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease on linear growth: Data from a national cohort study in Saudi Arabia


Mohammad I El Mouzan 
 Department of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology Division), College of Medicine and King Khaled University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh - 11461, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohammad I El Mouzan
Department of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology Division), College of Medicine and King Khaled University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh - 11461
Saudi Arabia




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El Mouzan MI. Impact of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease on linear growth: Data from a national cohort study in Saudi Arabia.Saudi J Gastroenterol 2016;22:396-396


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El Mouzan MI. Impact of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease on linear growth: Data from a national cohort study in Saudi Arabia. Saudi J Gastroenterol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2023 Feb 1 ];22:396-396
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Sir,

We thank Al-Mendalawi for his interest and comments [1] on our article entitled "Impact of IBD on linear growth." [2] First, we agree on the comment that it would have been more accurate to use local references and we have indicated clearly the reasons for this, namely the unavailability of Z score-based growth reference for Saudi children and adolescents at the time of the analysis of the data. The implications of using growth references from other populations, such as the World Health Organization or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to assess growth and nutrition in Saudi children is well-known and published in the literature. [3],[4] It is worth indicating that we have recently completed the analysis of national data to establish not only the percentile but also Z score-based growth reference for Saudi children and adolescents. [5] Second, we note that the colleague agrees with our recommendation on the need for prospective study on this subject. Third, it is well-known that genetic influences on growth are always possible not only in Crohn's disease but also in general.

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References

1Al-Mendalawi MD. Impact of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease on linear growth: Data from a national cohort study in Saudi Arabia. Saudi J Gastroenterol 2016;22:341.
2El Mouzan MI, Al Mofarreh MA, Saadah OI, Al-Hussaini AA, Al-Saleem KA, Al Mehaidib AI. Impact of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease on linear growth: Data from a national cohort study in Saudi Arabia. Saudi J Gastroenterol 2016;22:106-8.
3El Mouzan MI, Foster PJ, Al-Herbish AS, Al-Salloum AA, Al-Omar AA, Qurachi MM, et al. The implication of using the World Health Organization Child Growth Standards in Saudi Arabia. Nutr Today 2009;44:62-70.
4El Mouzan MI, Al-Herbish AS, Al-Salloum AA, Foster PJ, Al-Omar AA, Qurachi MM, et al. Comparison of the 2005 growth charts for Saudi children and adolescents to the 2000 CDC growth charts. Ann Saudi Med 2008;28:334-40.
5El Mouzan MI, Al Salloum AA, Alqurashi MM, Al Herbish AS, Al Omar A. The LMS and Z scale growth reference for Saudi school-age children and adolescents. Saudi J Gastroenterol 2016;22:331-36.