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Diseases & Conditions

Growth Hormone Deficiency

What is Growth Hormone Deficiency?

Growth hormone deficiency is a condition in which the body doesn't produce enough somatropin, a growth hormone essential to promoting human developmental growth and cell reproduction. Without enough of this vital hormone, an affected child will have delayed development, and affected adults will have a variety of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Click here to learn more about the specialty of endocrinology as it relates to the growth hormone deficiency.

Causes and Symptoms

Congenital growth hormone deficiency will appear in children; the cause is often unknown, but may be a result of conditions such as gene mutations or Turner's syndrome. The symptoms will include late onset of puberty, lesser height than expected for the child's age, chubbiness, slow muscular development, and reduced hair growth.

In adults, the appearance of growth hormone deficiency is typically caused by a tumor on the pituitary gland, hindering its somatropin production. It could also be caused by radiation therapy around the area of the head or an autoimmune disorder. Symptoms for adults include reduced muscle and bone mass, hair loss, impaired memory function, increase in fat percentage, and reduced energy.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing growth hormone deficiency must be determined using a combination of techniques, including but not limited to several blood tests to monitor hormone levels over a period of time, identification of hallmark symptoms, and a positive response to hormone therapy. It can be easier to diagnose in children as the symptoms in adults are often similar to that which arises as a natural result of aging.

Treatment dosage varies based on age. Children will require daily hormone injections, often for life. Most often, adults can receive a quarter of the dose given to children. Treatment will improve the quality of life for any patient, helping children to grow at a rate more consistent with that of their peers, and giving adults a boost in energy and muscle growth while preventing and reducing hair loss.

Medications to Treat Growth Hormone Deficiency

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Norditropin
  • Genotropin
  • Tev-tropin

Compounded Medications:
At Fusion Rx, we can make dissolvable tablets, capsules and troches of these medications. Our sister company, Fusion IV, offers an injectable form if desired of the following medications:

  • Sermorelin
  • GHRP-2
  • GHRP-6
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