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

Answered by Dr. Shaikh Sadaf.


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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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Dr. Shaikh Sadaf
MBBS., MRCGP INT., PGDIP ENDOCRINOLOGY AND DIABETES,LONDON UNIVERSITY
Diabetology, Endocrinology

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

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?

 

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf
MBBS., MRCGP INT., PGDIP ENDOCRINOLOGY AND DIABETES,LONDON UNIVERSITY
Diabetology, Endocrinology

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

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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