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A 36-year-old member asked:

When to begin growth hormone treatment for short stature.?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
At puberty.: At puberty, because their is synergy between reproductive hormones and hgh. Also, the growth plates are open.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
When/if criteria met: This is best determined by the pediatric endocrinologist involved in the case. Whether it is used as replacement for deficiency, or in a short course to push a delayed puberty, the decision is complex.I deficiency cases it is timed to help establish growth in natural puberty.In kids with normal varient familial short stature, it may or may not offer any increase in final height.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the best age to begin growth hormone treatment for short stature?

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Dr. David Geffner
Endocrinology 55 years experience
Now: As soon as possible once the diagnosis is made and there are no other factors (such as a tumor causing the hypothalamic or pituitary gh deficiency) is ruled out.
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