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It possible to test for growth hormone deficiency?
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
In brief: Yes
Endocrinologists do stimulation testing to elicit gh release from the pituitary gland.
This is all through blood tests.

In brief: Yes
Endocrinologists do stimulation testing to elicit gh release from the pituitary gland.
This is all through blood tests.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
In brief: Stimulation test
Growth hormone deficiency can be suspected when an individual has a very low igf-1 (insulin like growth factor) which is mainly made by the liver under the control by secretion of growth hormone.
To measure growth hormone directly you have to do a stimulation test using various agents, because growth hormone is not secreted constantly but in pulses and usually in your sleep.

In brief: Stimulation test
Growth hormone deficiency can be suspected when an individual has a very low igf-1 (insulin like growth factor) which is mainly made by the liver under the control by secretion of growth hormone.
To measure growth hormone directly you have to do a stimulation test using various agents, because growth hormone is not secreted constantly but in pulses and usually in your sleep.
Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
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