What is an arginine injection?

Arginine injections are used to induce the secretion of human growth hormone. This use is diagnostic and helps determine whether a body is holding an appropriate supply of human growth hormone in reserve. It might be used as a diagnostic test for several different disorders, including pituitary dwarfism, gigantism and chromophobe adenoma, to determine whether the supply of human growth hormone is a causal factor. The test has a 32% false positive rate and a 27% false negative rate. Arginine is a prescription drug, sold by Pfizer as R-GENE 10. Extreme care should be taken when administering this drug to children. Arginine injections may have other medical uses, particularly in situations where oral administration of arginine might be difficult.

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