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Growth hormone treatment of short children born small for gestational age

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The administration of growth hormone (GH) for a short period to short children born small for gestational age increases growth velocity. Children receiving 2–3 times the replacement dose gained nearly 2.0 SDS in height over a 3‐year treatment period. This treatment is well tolerated, without significant side‐effects. Further studies of the growth rate following cessation of GH treatment will reveal whether the gain in height is maintained, and whether the final height prediction is improved. □ Growth hormone, intrauterine growth retardation, short stature, bone maturation, metabolism
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 1997-11-01

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