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Growth Hormone Deficiency FAQs (cont.)

What are the symptoms of growth hormone deficiency?

The most common sign of growth hormone deficiency in children is the slowing of growth to less than two inches per year. A child with growth hormone deficiency may also have the following symptoms:

  • Short height for child's age

  • Increased fat around the waist and in the face

  • Feeling upset about his or her height

  • The child may look younger than other children his or her age

  • Delayed onset of puberty

  • Delayed tooth development

Adults with growth hormone deficiency may have the following symptoms:

  • Low energy

  • Decreased strength and exercise tolerance

  • Decreased muscle mass

  • Weight gain

  • Anxiety or depression

  • Thin and dry skin

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Many European paintings, particularly those of the Spanish Court, portray people with extremely short stature who may have had growth hormone deficiency (GHD).

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