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Are growth plates likely to be fused at 18 if I had a growth hormone deficiency?

Are growth plates likely to be fused at 18 if I had a growth hormone deficiency?

Depends on puberty: The closure of the bony growth plates is mainly regulated by pubertal changes in sex hormones (estrogen in girls; testosterone in boys). If you had only gh deficiency but with normal sex hormones, then the growth plates usually fuse around puberty. With pan-hypopituitarism, (gh and gonadal hormone deficiency), the growth plate closure will depend on how quickly and how much sex hormones are given. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Growth Hormone Deficiency (Definition)

Growth hormone deficiency is a medical condition in which the lack of growth hormone causes failure of children to grow and gain weight. Blood tests can determine whether a child is growth hormone deficient and needs replacement. Growth hormone replacement does not help children grow taller if they are not growth hormone deficient. Instead, it may cause dysmorphic features such as ...Read more


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What causes a growth hormone deficiency problem?

What causes a growth hormone deficiency problem?

Pituitary activity: There are several reasons why children or adults can have a pituitary that is unable to make enough hgh for adequate growth or metabolic wellbeing. Consult a real endocrinologist if you think you or your child may have a deficiency of gh. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a growth-hormone deficiency?

How do I know if I have a growth-hormone deficiency?

GH stim test: Hi. To test if you're GH-deficient (GH-D), a screening IGF-1 can be drawn. If it's well in the normal range, GH-D is unlikely. Stringent diagnostic criteria require doing a GH-stimulation test. This is done either by injection insulin IV to cause hypoglycemia (stimulates GH in normals but) or infusing arginine & GH-releasing hormone (stimulates GH in normals). GH-D has diagnostic criteria in tests ...Read more

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What do you do if you have a growth hormone deficiency?

What do you do if you have a growth hormone deficiency?

Endocrinologist: Because of the need for stimulation testing to properly diagnose gh deficiency, such a patient will already be seeing an endocrinologist. Children are usually treated for this barring malignancy. For adults treatment is more optional. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that I have a growth hormone deficiency?

What is the likelihood that I have a growth hormone deficiency?

Not high: The true prevalence of adult-onset gh deficiency is difficult to estimate with certainty but a reasonable estimate may be obtained from prevalence data for pituitary macroadenoma, which approximates to 1:10000 population. Addition of cases of childhood-onset ghd persisting into adult life gives an overall prevalence of between 2 and 3 per 10000 population. ...Read more

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What are signs of growth hormone deficiency ?

GH deficiency: For kids: growth failure, possible fatty liver, lipid abnormalities. In babies, hypoglycemia. For adults, same as for kids except growth and hypoglycemia. Additionally, depression, decreased muscle tone, endurance, osteoporosis, etc. ...Read more

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What are the signs of having growth hormone deficiency?

Child or adult?: If you are a child with gh deficiency, you will have short stature, and gh treatment will add a few inches and help you get to predicted height. In adults, gh naturally goes down to low levels. In adults with pituitary deficiency, hormones are replaced, but not gh, since gh does not really have a role in adults. Trials with gh in adults have not proven that gh does any good. ...Read more

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What is growth hormone deficiency (hgh)?

What is growth hormone deficiency (hgh)?

GH deficiency: Growth hormone is one of the anterior pituitary hormones. Its deficiency is unusual in adults and more common in kids. Children will present with growth failure and look rather cherubic. In infancy hypoglycemia may be the presenting symptom +/- micropenis in boy. Gh is also necessary for lipid metabolism, muscle tone, bone integrity, etc. Adults who are deficient may also suffer from depression. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


Dr. Tedde Rinker
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Growth Hormone (Definition)

Growth hormone is necessary for growth in children and is still important in adults. Deficiencies can cause many problems beside poor growth in children and this condition should be evaluated by an endocrinologist for diagnosis ...Read more