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Can 15 year old get tested for growth hormone deficiency?

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Dr. Sarah Cueva
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

If growth is concerning, a pediatrician or endocrinologist can do specialized testing for growth hormone deficiency.
Growth hormone replacement therapy is available when indicated.

In brief: Yes

If growth is concerning, a pediatrician or endocrinologist can do specialized testing for growth hormone deficiency.
Growth hormone replacement therapy is available when indicated.
Dr. Sarah Cueva
Dr. Sarah Cueva
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: If indicated

Usually a pediatrician would assess the basics before putting a kid through this series of tests.
A kid from a short set of parents that grows at a consistently short pattern through childhood will be assessed with a bone age study. If BA is 15 the likelihood of a GH deficiency is almost zero. If he is short in a tall family & bone age is 12 he would be a good candidate for testing.

In brief: If indicated

Usually a pediatrician would assess the basics before putting a kid through this series of tests.
A kid from a short set of parents that grows at a consistently short pattern through childhood will be assessed with a bone age study. If BA is 15 the likelihood of a GH deficiency is almost zero. If he is short in a tall family & bone age is 12 he would be a good candidate for testing.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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