Q. What does the growth hormone test report of a child with short stature indicate?

Answered by
Dr. Shaikh Sadaf
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 05, 2022

Hi doctor,

Following is the growth hormone test report of my son aged 11 years and 7 months and his height is about 129 cm and weight is 32 kg. I am very concerned about his growth. Please comment in detail about the possible treatment and their side effects, if any?



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I just read your report about your son and I am sorry to say that he has a growth hormone deficiency (attachment removed to protect patient identity). He needs to take growth hormone injections for it. These are to be taken on a proper prescription from a pediatric endocrinologist in your place. These are to be taken daily. The side effects are listed here like peripheral edema, edema, arthralgia, paresthesia, skeletal pain, flu-like symptoms, rhinitis, pain, hypertension, gastrointestinal side effects.

Thank you doctor,

Please tell me how long it will be taken and is there any substitute for injections. I mean any medicine? Are those side effects severe?



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The child has to be under regular monitoring by the pediatric endocrinologist to maintain his optimal growth hormone levels throughout the growth period. It is long-term treatment. The side effects can be severe in some patients and not all. In that case, the dose can be lowered. So nothing to worry about. No there are no oral medications.

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