Growth Hormone Deficiency

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Growth Hormone Deficiency

Growth hormone deficiency is characterized by abnormally short height due to lack (or shortage) of growth hormone. It can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired. Most of the time, no single clear cause can be identified. Most cases are identified in children. Although it is uncommon, growth hormone deficiency may also be diagnosed in adults. Too little growth hormone can cause short stature in children, and changes in muscle mass, cholesterol levels, and bone strength in adults.  In adolescents, puberty may be delayed or absent. Treatment involves growth hormone injections.
 

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Pituitary Network Association

To support, pursue, encourage, promote, and, where possible, fund research on pituitary disorders in a sustained and full-time effort to find a cure for these illnesses. The PNA will disseminate information helpful to the medical community, the public, and to pituitary patients and their families on matters regarding early detection, symptoms, treatments and resources available to patients with pituitary disease.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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The MAGIC Foundation

The MAGIC Foundation Mission The MAGIC Foundation is a national non-profit organization created to provide support services for the families of children afflicted with a wide variety of chronic and/or critical disorders, syndromes and diseases that affect a child’s growth. Since its inception the Foundation has grown to include support services for adults who were also impacted by these disorders.

Last Updated: 18 Jun 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Growth Hormone Deficiency" for support, advocacy or research.

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Pituitary Network Association

To support, pursue, encourage, promote, and, where possible, fund research on pituitary disorders in a sustained and full-time effort to find a cure for these illnesses. The PNA will disseminate information helpful to the medical community, the public, and to pituitary patients and their families on matters regarding early detection, symptoms, treatments and resources available to patients with pituitary disease.

http://www.pituitary.org

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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The MAGIC Foundation

The MAGIC Foundation Mission The MAGIC Foundation is a national non-profit organization created to provide support services for the families of children afflicted with a wide variety of chronic and/or critical disorders, syndromes and diseases that affect a child’s growth. Since its inception the Foundation has grown to include support services for adults who were also impacted by these disorders.

http://www.magicfoundation.org

Last Updated: 18 Jun 2015

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Growth Hormone Deficiency" returned 298 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The Impact of Growth Hormone Therapy on the Apoptosis Assessment in CD34+ Hematopoietic Cells from Children with Growth Hormone Deficiency.
 

Author(s): Miłosz Piotr Kawa, Iwona Stecewicz, Katarzyna Piecyk, Edyta Paczkowska, Dorota Rogińska, Anna Sobuś, Karolina Łuczkowska, Ewa Pius-Sadowska, Elżbieta Gawrych, Elżbieta Petriczko, Mieczysław Walczak, Bogusław Machaliński

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Growth hormone (GH) modulates hematopoietic cell homeostasis and is associated with apoptosis control, but with limited mechanistic insights. Aim of the study was to determine whether GH therapeutic supplementation (GH-TS) could affect apoptosis of CD34+ cells enriched in hematopoietic ...

Last Updated: 9 Jan 2017

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Safety Outcomes and Near-Adult Height Gain of Growth Hormone-Treated Children with SHOX Deficiency: Data from an Observational Study and a Clinical Trial.
 

Author(s): Imane Benabbad, Myriam Rosilio, Christopher J Child, Jean-Claude Carel, Judith L Ross, Cheri L Deal, Stenvert L S Drop, Alan G Zimmermann, Nan Jia, Charmian A Quigley, Werner F Blum

Journal: Horm Res Paediatr. 2017 ;87(1):42-50.

 

To assess auxological and safety data for growth hormone (GH)-treated children with SHOX deficiency.

Last Updated: 21 Dec 2016

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Guidelines for Growth Hormone and Insulin-Like Growth Factor-I Treatment in Children and Adolescents: Growth Hormone Deficiency, Idiopathic Short Stature, and Primary Insulin-Like Growth Factor-I Deficiency.
 

Author(s): Adda Grimberg, Sara A DiVall, Constantin Polychronakos, David B Allen, Laurie E Cohen, Jose Bernardo Quintos, Wilma C Rossi, Chris Feudtner, Mohammad Hassan Murad,

Journal: Horm Res Paediatr. 2016 ;86(6):361-397.

 

On behalf of the Drug and Therapeutics, and Ethics Committees of the Pediatric Endocrine Society, we sought to update the guidelines published in 2003 on the use of growth hormone (GH). Because idiopathic short stature (ISS) remains a controversial indication, and diagnostic challenges ...

Last Updated: 24 Nov 2016

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The terms "Growth Hormone Deficiency" returned 24 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A Critical Appraisal of Growth Hormone Therapy in Growth Hormone Deficiency and Turner Syndrome Patients in Turkey.
 

Author(s): Zehra Yavaş Abalı, Feyza Darendeliler, Olcay Neyzi

Journal: J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol. 2016 12;8(4):490-495.

 

Early detection of abnormal growth, identification of the underlying cause, and appropriate treatment of the medical condition is an important issue for children with short stature. Growth hormone (GH) therapy is widely used in GH-deficient children and also in non-GH-deficient short ...

Last Updated: 29 Jun 2016

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Growth Hormone Deficiency in Prepubertal Children: Predictive Markers of Cardiovascular Disease.
 

Author(s): Chiara De Leonibus, Stefania De Marco, Adam Stevens, Peter Clayton, Francesco Chiarelli, Angelika Mohn

Journal: Horm Res Paediatr. 2016 ;85(6):363-71.

 

Cardiovascular (CV) risk factors have been identified in adults with untreated growth hormone deficiency (GHD). Existing evidence suggests that the development of the atheromatous plaque begins early in childhood. Previous reports have shown that GHD children are prone to increased ...

Last Updated: 21 Jul 2016

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Agenesis of internal carotid artery associated with isolated growth hormone deficiency: a case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Stefano Stagi, Giovanna Traficante, Elisabetta Lapi, Marilena Pantaleo, Sabrina Becciani, Marzia Mortilla, Salvatore Seminara, Maurizio de Martino

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Agenesis of the internal carotid artery (ICA) is a rare congenital abnormality, sporadically reported to be associated with a combined congenital hypopituitarism. Nevertheless, only a few cases have been extensively described, and none of these have been characterized by an isolated ...

Last Updated: 20 Oct 2015

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A Long-Term Safety Study of Somavaratan in Japanese Children With Growth Hormone Deficiency
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Growth Hormone Deficiency

 

Last Updated: 8 May 2017

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Clinical Study of Pegylated Somatropin to Treat Children Growth Hormone Deficiency
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Growth Hormone Deficiency

 

Last Updated: 20 Sep 2016

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Pegylated Somatropin (PEG Somatropin) in the Treatment of Children With Growth Hormone Deficiency
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Growth Hormone Deficiency

 

Last Updated: 24 Nov 2016

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