Growth Hormone Deficiency FAQs: When the pituitary gland at the base of the brain fails to produce enough human growth hormone, it causes all sorts of symptoms in children with the deficiency. They include:
- 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, and
- Delayed tooth development.
Growth Hormone Deficiency in Children Growth hormone deficiency is a disorder of the pituitary gland in the brain which produces growth hormone. A lack of growth hormone in children causes abnormally slow growth; and the deficiency may be caused by a birth defect or any number of acquired conditions like brain cancer or infection. Depending on the cause of the deficiency, children may have to receive growth hormone injections or other therapy as the underlying condition warrants.