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Growth Hormone Deficiency in Children (cont.)

Prognosis of Growth Hormone Deficiency in Children

Most children who are treated with hormone replacement therapy reach a normal adult height. With therapy, the child's growth usually increases most during the first year, with an average increase of 8-10 cm (3-4 inches) per year. The growth rate slows down over the next several years.

Early diagnosis is important. Therapy should begin as early as possible and should continue through adolescence for the best chance of the child reaching a normal adult height.

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