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Dr. Ira Katz
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Growth Hormone Deficiency (Overview)

Growth hormone deficiency.


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What do I need to tell my fiance about my future health? I have growth hormone deficiency.

What do I need to tell my fiance about my future health? I have growth hormone deficiency.

Healthy, if treated: Possible lifelong gh treatment is indicated for adult growth hormone deficiency (ghd). Depending on the cause of the ghd and other co-existing problems, various tests need to be done and monitored periodically by an endocrinologist. Overall prognosis on optimum treatment is good. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Growth Hormone Deficiency (Overview)

Growth hormone deficiency.


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What are the symptoms associated with growth hormone deficiency?

DWARFISM: Child has abnormally slow growth and short stature.Height is below 3rd percentile, fails to begin pubertal development and delayed skeletal maturation. Treatment is hormone replacement. ...Read more

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What are signs of growth hormone deficiency ?

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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How do you diagnose growth hormone deficiency in adolescence?

How do you diagnose growth hormone deficiency in adolescence?

Ghd: Growth hormone deficiency can be screened for on a routine lab test called igf-1. The main sign is lack of normal growth rate over months to years. Because it is a cyclical hormone which usually peaks in the middle of the night, very often endocrinologists perform "stimulated testing" to diagnose it definitively. This may require an i've for several hours while stimulant medications are infused. ...Read more

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It possible to test for growth hormone deficiency?

It possible to test for growth hormone deficiency?

Yes : Endocrinologists do stimulation testing to elicit gh release from the pituitary gland. This is all through blood tests. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have human growth hormone deficiency?

How do you know if you have human growth hormone deficiency?

Testing: Gh deficiency is most often confirmed with dynamic stimulation tests which include infusions of specific medication which elicit gh release. If gh isn't released in response, then gh deficiency is very possible. A low igf-1 level is a good screening tool, but there are rare gh deficient patients who have normal igf-1 levels. ...Read more

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What can cause growth hormone deficiency?

What can cause growth hormone deficiency?

Lots of things: Congenital pituitary abnormalities, brain tumors, brain injuries, radiation to the brain, oxygen deprivation, hereditary gh deficiency, etc. In many pediatric cases, it's iatrogenic because the cause is still unknown. ...Read more

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I'm a teen suffering with growth hormone deficiency! how can this be treated?

Injections : Of growth hormone can be given if you have been diagnosed early enough. Talk to your doctor about referral to an endocrinologist for treatment. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for growth hormone deficiency?

Growth Hormone.: If you truly have low growth as proxy measured by a baseline igf-1, and followed up with a growth hormone stulation with one of several agents and have gh measured at baseline and thereafter, and you secrete little, than depending in insurance and age, you might be able to get it. Soon, drugs will be avaialble to be orally taken (peptides) but they will be completing phase 2 studies. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for adult human growth hormone deficiency?

What are some treatments for adult human growth hormone deficiency?

Growth hormone: Adult ghd is treated with growth hormone injection in adult doses which is typically one tenth of the pediatric dose. ...Read more

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Is there a medicine to cure growth hormone deficiency?

Is there a medicine to cure growth hormone deficiency?

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

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If my growth hormone deficiency was a mutation in my family and no one else in my family history has it, will it be passed on to my children?

If my growth hormone deficiency was a mutation in my family and no one else in my family history has it, will it be passed on to my children?

That depends: To pass it on to your children it is important to know if you have what is called a dominant or recessive mutation. If you have had your genetics done and know the mutation then I would talk with a genetics counselor- they are super helpful! I found a good resource but warning... it is pretty technical but very good on the subject! https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/isolated-growth-hormone-deficiency#inheritance ...Read more

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What is adult growth hormone deficiency?

Mysterious: Along with "hypophyseal-pituitary axis disorder", this is a poorly-understood. There's no doubt that some older adults feel much better when supplemented with a bit of growth hormone. And it's a popular diagnosis for quacks to sell growth hormone to troubled souls. A specialist knows how to do the lab work but there's no hard-and-fast criteria yet. ...Read more

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What can cause growth hormone deficiency?

Lots of things: Congenital pituitary abnormalities, brain tumors, brain injuries, radiation to the brain, oxygen deprivation, hereditary gh deficiency, etc. In many pediatric cases, it's iatrogenic because the cause is still unknown. ...Read more

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Can you explain growth hormone deficiency?

A pituitary problem: Growth hormone is made by a gland called your pituitary gland (which lies very close to your brain). It does many things for your body other than help you to grow. Growth hormone deficiency is a condition where for whatever reason your pituitary makes less of it than is considered normal. Testing for this is complicated, usually takes multiple steps, and should be overseen by an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What happens with growth hormone deficiency?

What happens with  growth hormone deficiency?

Ghd: In adults it causes increased fat mass, poor activity tolerance, decreased lean body mass, high cholesterol, osteopenia, osteoporosis, early heart disease. ...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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Growth hormone deficiency- how can it be cured?

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

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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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What can be done about growth hormone deficiency?

What can be done about growth hormone deficiency?

Replacement: With hgh especially if your child is not growing. Adults are a different matter. Many with adult gh deficiency do not need or wish replacement. If it is you than be tested by a real endocrinologist - too many quacks tout hgh for longevity in adults who do not have gh deficiency. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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