GROWTH HORMONE DEFICIENCY IN CHILDREN

Growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland and determines the growth rate of children and their transition into healthy adulthood. Throughout his life he continues

regulate physiological and metabolic processes in the body.


Growth hormone deficiency (GHR) is a fairly rare disease that most often occurs in children. The consequences of inappropriate treatment are short stature, weak bones and inability to bear stress. It is estimated that short stature in children with severe GHD occurs in one in 4,000–10,000 children [1], [2]. Children with this condition may also have unusual baby facial features and fatty deposits, such as in the abdomen.


Early diagnosis and treatment can help children with GHD return to normal growth rates that are genetically inherent in them based on the genetic characteristics of their parents (mother and father) [3]. In the absence of contraindications, treatment involves the use of recombinant human growth hormone.


Daily injections of growth hormone in the treatment of GHR continue for an average of nine years - from early childhood until reaching the normal height of an adult [4]. This creates certain difficulties for patients, their parents, guardians and medical professionals, because the child must

adhere to all the recommendations of doctors for a long time and learn how to control your condition yourself. At times, many children refuse to take the drug, and GHD patients exhibit similar behavior.

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