Growth hormone deficiency in children can be genetic or acquired. The genetic disorders of the pituitary gland are due to factors that affect the development and function of cells that produce growth hormone. The acquired causes are due to factors like surgery or radiation to the pituitary gland. Children with growth hormone problems may present with low sugars and jaundice at birth. Older children present with short stature and failure to grow. Some of these patients may have other hormonal problems like thyroid and cortisol. These patients will benefit from growth hormone therapy.
How can we help you?
- Asses the child with short stature to see if they have features of Growth hormone deficiency
- Monitor growth velocity
- Supervise the genetic testing
- Dynamic testing for growth hormones
- Starting Growth hormone early
- Monitoring growth hormone therapy
- Replacing other hormones appropriately