• Vol. 34 No. 11, 657–659
  • 15 December 2005

Making $ense of Growth Hormone Therapy for Normal Short Children


The advent of recombinant growth hormone 20 years ago, which led to increased, albeit expensive, supplies of growth hormone (GH) in the market, has resulted in new treatments for short children. Apart from the 3 traditional indications to improve stature, namely (1) children with growth hormone deficiency, (2) Turner syndrome and (3) chronic renal failure, additional indications approved by the US Food and Drug Administration include children who are born small for gestational age, Prader Willi syndrome, and children with idiopathic short stature (ISS).

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