Growth Hormone Deficiency (cont.)
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Growth Hormone Deficiency Medications and Treatment
Children and some adults with growth hormone deficiency will benefit from growth hormone therapy. The goals of treatment are to increase growth in children and restore energy, metabolism, and body composition. The doctor may prescribe growth hormone, also called somatropin (Humatrope, Genotropin). The drug is given as shots a few times a week that is injected underneath the fat of the patient’s skin.
Surgery for Growth Hormone Deficiency
Pituitary tumors may require surgery.
Other Therapy for Growth Hormone Deficiency
Radiation therapy to the pituitary gland may be required if surgery for tumor removal cannot be safely accomplished.
Follow-up for Growth Hormone Deficiency
Follow-up care with an endocrinologist (a doctor who specializes in studying hormones) is recommended.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/21/2016
Mohsen S Eledrisi, MD, FACP, FACE
Arthur B Chausmer, MD, PhD, FACP, FACE, FACN, CNS
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
George T Griffing, MD
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