Growth Hormone Deficiency

The following information will help answer some of your questions about growth hormone deficiency. It will also provide general information on type of medications used to treat this condition.

What is growth hormone deficiency?

Growth hormone deficiency is a condition when your body doesn't make enough growth hormone. Growth hormone is one of many hormones made by the pituitary gland, which is located in your brain.

The most common symptom of this condition in children is that they grow more slowly and are shorter than other children of the same age and gender.

Growth hormone is needed for development and growth. It helps maintain healthy muscle mass and bone density, and controls how the body breaks down fat.

What causes growth hormone deficiency?

Growth hormone deficiency can occur in both children and adults.

In children, causes of growth hormone deficiency include:

  • Being born with it
  • Developing as a result of brain injury, tumor or radiation therapy
  • Unknown causes

In adults, causes of growth hormone deficiency include:

  • Continued growth hormone deficiency from childhood
  • Developing as a result of brain injury, tumor or radiation therapy

How is growth hormone deficiency treated?

The treatment for this condition is growth hormone replacement therapy. There are many different brands of growth hormone, but all contain somatropin. Somatropin is a man-made growth hormone which is similar to the kind that your body makes. This medication is injected under the skin as directed by your doctor. Make sure to properly dispose of your needles in a sharps container. BriovaRx can provide one for you if you need one.

Call your BriovaRx pharmacist or one of the resources listed below.