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Can Achondroplasia Is Cure With Growth Hormones
Will children with turner syndrome, if not treated with growth hormones jabs, still grow tall naturally?
Very unlikely: There are separate growth charts for untreated girls with turner's. The charts clearly show shorter final adultheight compared to regular charts. In fact, every short girl with no other signs/symptoms of turner's, should be evaluated to rule out turner's. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Not very effective: Growth hormone has been tried for children with osteogenesis imperfecta. It can cause some minor increases in height and very small increases in bone mineral desnity in a subset, but sometimes at the expense of more fracture since it seems to improve muscle strength more than bone strength and stronger muscles can cause fracture. In general it is not recommended. Bisphosphonates may help. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
How does Cushing syndrome affect growth of a child? Is it due to the same mechanism like growth hormone deficiency?
A few options: Many people with acromegaly have a tumor of their pituitary gland, and thus benefit from surgery as part of their treatment. Medications to assist in the management are also available, either to help decrease the production of excess growth hormone (octreotide, for ex.) or to block its effects (pegvisomant). This can be a serious problem, and something one should see a specialist for. ...Read more
Definitions matter: GH deficiency is a problem for a growing child & synthetic growth hormone,is available when confirmed. The natural level of growth hormone in your blood drops as you get past the formative/growing years so the level in middle aged adults is normally lower. Should a doc decide to prescribe if to anyone the cost runs about 15 K/yr the last time I checked.You cannot "fix" a pituitary gland. ...Read more
Can a child with normal levels of hormones use letrozole to delay growth plates closure and sermorelin to increase height?
Not indicated: In case of normal growth parameters in a child ( like normal growth hormone and igf1 levels and normal bone age) there is not much significance of sermorelin or human growth hormone therapy. Letrozole is not indicated and is still in its primary experimental stages for use for this indication. All one needs in this scenario are regular growth velocity checks at your doctor's office. ...Read more
Is it true that taking gonadotropin for an IUI and fertility issues can stimulate growth hormone and cause adults (over age 30) to grow taller?
Nope: Adults do not and cannot grow taller because the epyphises (growth plates) are closed. Sorry. Good wishes to you. ...Read more
What effect does overstimulation/oversecretion of growth hormone have on adults? Can it cause added height, or is that impossible once bones are fused
What happens when an adult's (over age 35) growth hormone is stimulated & produces excessive amt of hormone (don't have acromegaly). Can U grow taller?
What causes growth plates not to close by 25? Read for boys can be lack of estrogen receptors but what causes this in females who completed puberty?
Never seen it: Are you sure? Many growth plates leave a scar that can mimic an open plate, but rarely to the point that it fools a specialist. Can you post the xray? ...Read more
Is there any treatment for polycystic ovaries and how can one control the growth of facial hair and obesity caused by this disease?
Treated: Hi. Growth hormone deficiency can be treated, not cured. Like type 1 diabetes on insulin or hypothyroidism on thyroid hormone; insulin treats the diabetes but doesn't cure it and thyroid hormone treats the hypothyroidism but doesn't cure it. Growth hormone deficiency doesn't have to be treated, but if it is treated, it's with growth hormone replacement. ...Read more
Studies have shown that sermorelin increases the production of growth hormones which can increase height in children. Is this true?
Can taking thyroid medication cause an adult (late30s) to grow taller, or does that only occur in children with thyroid issues?
Effective if needed: Effective for those who do not make enough growth hormone on their own; have idiopathic short stature, which means they are shorter than 98.8% of other children of the same age and sex; are growing at a rate not likely to allow them to reach normal adult height; and no other cause of short stature can be found have turner syndrome;have chronic kidney disease (ckd) up to the time of kidney transpl. ...Read more
What is the best treatment for weak hair follicles with stunted growth? Type of shampoos, pills etc.
Healthy diet: A healthy diet with adequate protein, calcium, fresh fruits and vegetables is the best treatment for weak hair follicles. Avoid pulling on the hair or tying it back tightly. Unfortunately shampoos and pills do not help with hair growth. Pills that cause hair growth cause hair growth everywhere including arms, legs and mustache. ...Read more
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