Growth Hormone Deficiency

Also known as: GHD.

What is growth hormone deficiency?

As the name implies, growth hormone is pivotal in helping children grow. It is produced by the pituitary gland, which is located just below the brain. When the pituitary gland does not produce enough growth hormone, this is known as growth hormone deficiency. We can figure this out with hormonal testing.


What causes growth hormone deficiency?

The cause of growth hormone deficiency is usually not known. It tends to occur at birth, though other medical conditions or brain injuries can also cause the disease in rare instances.


What are the symptoms of growth hormone deficiency?

The typical symptoms of growth hormone deficiency include slow growth, often starting before puberty and a youthful or chubby appearance.


What are growth hormone deficiency care options?

Periodic injections of growth hormone, often over the course of several years, are the typical treatment for growth hormone deficiency.

Reviewed by: Joshua W Tarkoff, MD

This page was last updated on: 4/28/2018 5:41:26 PM

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