Isolated growth hormone deficiency type 2 is a rare genetic disease resulting in dwarfism. Individuals with this disease do not have the normal amount of growth hormone. Growth hormone comes from the pituitary gland. The gland is responsible for keeping balance in the body. Without growth hormone, individuals are very short. Isolated growth hormone deficiency type 2 is an autosomal dominant genetic disease. This means the condition is inherited through genes (passed through families). We inherit our genes in pairs, one from each parent typically. Our genes are what control the growth, development and function of our bodies. If a mistake or error occurs in a gene, it can cause problems. The gene responsible for the disease is GH1. Isolated growth hormone deficiency type 2 can be treated by taking growth hormone. A doctor may prescribe medicine with growth hormone. Support groups like the MAGIC foundation provide resources and help to those with this disease and their families. Always speak with your doctor about the best personal plan of action.
Description Last Updated: May 12, 2018