GH Deficiency in Children
The growth hormone (GH) produced by the pituitary gland is essential for normal development. It promotes growth and helps the body in other ways. In addition, GH helps the body maintain proper blood glucose levels. GH deficiency is a medical condition that can affect infants, children, and adults.
The pituitary gland is located in the base of the brain. It is a tiny endocrine gland that produces eight different hormones. These hormones are responsible for controlling and coordinating the many functions of the body. Among the hormones produced by the pituitary gland are testosterone and growth hormone. Deficiency in the latter can cause problems like low sex drive and fatigue.
If your child is showing signs of GHD, a visit to the pediatric healthcare provider is in order. They may recommend a visit to a pediatric endocrinologist who specializes in hormones and growth. This is a good choice as they will have the best equipment to measure your child's height and determine whether or not there is a growth problem.
A magnetic resonance image is another way to check for possible issues with the pituitary gland. Another important factor to consider is whether or not the symptoms are congenital or acquired. Congenital GH deficiency is a birth defect whereas acquired GH deficiency is due to damage to the pituitary.
Having a growth hormone deficiency is not as serious as some other medical conditions, and in most cases, it does not have an impact on the child's intelligence. Fortunately, there are several treatments available for this disorder, including synthetic growth hormone.