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.

Growth hormone treatment is synthetically produced growth hormone injected into the skin multiple times a week to daily, followed by blood labs to ensure proper level is administered. There are different reasons people may need growth hormone treatment. One commonly used application is growth hormone deficiency in children. The best known effect of growth hormone is the increase to body mass.

Dr. Yung-Ping Chin, MD

Treatment of pediatric growth disorders has evolved significantly over the past two decades with the introduction of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH). Growth hormone treatment involves a once daily subcutaneous injection and has been proven safe and effective for indications including growth hormone deficiency, idiopathic short stature, Turner’s syndrome, Noonan syndrome, small for gestational age, Prader-Willi syndrome and chronic renal insufficiency.

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