What are the treatment options for growth hormone deficiency (pediatric)?

Specific treatment for GHD will be determined by a child's:
 
  • Age, overall health, and medical history
  • Extent of the condition
  • Tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • Expectations for the course of the condition
  • Opinion or preference
 
 
Growth hormone therapy is the most common treatment for growth hormone deficiency in both children and adults. However, not all children respond well to growth hormone treatment.
 
  • Recombinant human growth hormone (rHGH) is injected typically into the body’s fatty tissues, such as the back of the arms, thighs or buttocks. Injections usually occur on a daily basis. They can be given by the patient or a family member.
 
 
Synthetic human IGF-1 injections are used to treat children who have mutations that make their cells unresponsive to the growth hormone.
 
  • These injections are reserved for patients who are extremely short and have very low insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) levels in the blood, which are produced when the liver and other tissues are stimulated by growth hormone

 

 

growth hormone deficiency (GHD)(Pediatric) treatment
 
 
 
 
 

Sources:

  • 2013, Boston Childrens Hospital. "Programs and Services for Growth Hormone Deficiency." Boston Childrens Hospital. Boston Children's Hospital, n.d. Web. 24 May 2017.
  • "Growth Hormone Deficiency." MAGIC Foundation. The MAGIC Foundation, n.d. Web. 24 May 2017.
  • "Default - Stanford Children's Health." Stanford Children's Health - Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Stanford Children's Health, n.d. Web. 24 May 2017.
  • "Growth Hormone Deficiency in Children." Growth Hormone Deficiency in Children - Health Encyclopedia - University of Rochester Medical Center. University of Rochester Medical Center, n.d. Web. 24 May 2017.

 

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