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Are growth plates likely to be fused at 18 if I had a growth hormone deficiency?
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Dr. James Chu
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Chu
Dr. James Chu
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Dr. David Geffner
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
In brief: Not necessarily
Were you treated? For how long? A simple x-ray can tell your doctor whether you have any other growth potential.

In brief: Not necessarily
Were you treated? For how long? A simple x-ray can tell your doctor whether you have any other growth potential.
Dr. David Geffner
Dr. David Geffner
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