A 36-year-old member asked:

Growth hormone therapy (hgh) for 18 yrs old female, 151cms, what to do?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Homeira Izadi
32 years experience
Not effective : Growth hormone injection in a patient who has closed growth plates like this patient who is 18 y/o, doesn't help to make her taller. Growth hormone is effective as long as the growth plates are open. If you give an 18 y/o growth hormone, it may cause acromegaly and many other side effects and I do not recommend it for her. If she is shorter than mid parental height , should rule out turner syndrom.
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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Endocrinologist: Not exactly sure what your question is. Are you asking whether GH treatments are appropriate or helpful at your age - that depends on your individual skeletal maturity, but I doubt at 18 you will get much benefit from it. If an endocrinologist has determined thee may still be benefit, then just follow their instructions exactly, because you don't have a lot of time to get benefit yet.
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Last updated Oct 8, 2017
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