A 16-year-old male asked:

Can growth hormone increase height some one's who is genetically short?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Generally no: Growth hormone given to someone with genetic short stature can get them to their final height a little sooner, if their growth centers are still open. However, it will not add inches after the growth centers are closed, and is unlikely to add inches beyond what final height would be without it. If hormonally deficient it can add height.
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