Growth hormone (GH) deficiency

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Growth hormone deficiency affects the growth of bones, muscles and other body tissue. Learn about how it is diagnosed and treated.

Key points

  • Hypopituitarism is a condition where the pituitary gland does not produce one or more pituitary hormones, or it does not produce enough hormones.
  • Growth hormone affects the growth of bone, muscle and other body tissues; children with GH deficiency grow very slowly and are much smaller and younger looking than children who are the same age.
  • Diagnostic tests for growth hormone deficiency include tracking growth rate, testing blood sugar levels, blood tests and bone age X-ray.
  • Children with GH deficiency are given injections of synthetic growth homrone.
Last updated: November 28th 2022