Condition: Growth Hormone Deficiency

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About Growth Hormone Deficiency

Growth Hormone is manufactured in the pituitary gland. If it is missing or reduced in quantity during infancy or childhood, it results in growth retardation, short stature and other maturation delays.

Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD) causes an absence or delay of lengthening and widening of the skeletal bones inappropriate to the chronological age of the child. A sufficient quantity of growth hormone is required during childhood to maintain growth and normalize sexual maturity. In some cases the onset of the disorder occurs prenatally (before birth), and in others the condition occurs months or years later. Laboratory testing is necessary before a diagnosis of Growth Hormone Deficiency is made because growth and maturity delays can be caused by a wide variety of other factors, including normal genetic influences.

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Last updated on Jun 29 2019 at 06:21
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