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What is growth hormone treatment?

Growth hormone treatment is a therapy that may help kids with growth hormone deficiency (GHD) grow taller. It can also help kids with Turner syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome. Kids who have idiopathic short stature are also sometimes treated with growth hormone, but it won’t help every kid who is short.

The replacement growth hormone works just like normal growth hormone and tells the insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) to start working. Growth hormone is given as an injection under the skin, often with a special device that looks a bit like a pen. A very small needle is used so it doesn’t hurt too much. Growth hormone is usually given once a day, just before bedtime.

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