Pediatric Growth-Related Disorders and Testing
During routine healthcare professional visits, patients may notice that a child's growth is measured and compared with the measurements of other children the same age and same gender. If a child’s measurements fall into the lowest percentile for his or her age and gender, the healthcare professional may discuss this finding.
If a growth-related disorder is suspected, the healthcare professional may refer the child to a pediatric endocrinologist. A pediatric endocrinologist is a healthcare professional who specializes in treating children with growth and hormone problems. This healthcare professional will perform a thorough physical examination along with a series of tests. These may include an x-ray of the left hand and wrist to measure bone development. There may also be tests to detect an underlying physical problem or disease, and tests to check the levels of certain substances in the blood, including growth hormone.1,2
What is human growth hormone?
Human growth hormone (HGH) is a protein that is critical for normal growth. It is made in the pituitary gland, often called the “master gland” because it makes many hormones the body needs to function properly. The pituitary gland is located in the brain and is the size of a pea. It releases hormones, including growth hormone, into the bloodstream. The hormones then travel to organs and tissues, sending them messages to act in a certain way. The role of growth hormone is to tell the body’s tissues, including muscles and bones, to grow.3
When the pituitary gland doesn’t make enough human growth hormone — or, in some cases, doesn’t make any at all — this condition is called growth-related disorder. Hormone deficiencies may be present at birth or may develop over time. Scientists are still learning more about the causes of growth-related disorders.3
What is a growth-related disorder?
Omnitrope is a recombinant human growth hormone used for the treatment of growth failure due to growth hormone deficiency and certain growth hormone conditions. In children, it works by increasing the amount of growth hormone in your child, helping his or her bones to grow and muscles to develop.4
REFERENCES: 1. Growth hormone deficiency – children. Medline Plus website. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/ article/001176.htm. Accessed June 15, 2016. 2. X-ray exam: bone age study. KidsHealth website. http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/xray-bone-age.html. Accessed June 15, 2016. 3. Rieser PA. Pediatric growth hormone deficiency. Human Growth Foundation website. http://hgfound.org/resources/ pediatric-growth-hormone. Accessed June 15, 2016. 4.Omnitrope [package insert]. Princeton, NJ: Sandoz Inc; 2014.
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