Understanding Growth Hormone Deficiencies

baby-499976_640A growth hormone deficiency (GHD) occurs when a person’s pituitary gland – a gland, about the size of a pea, located at the base of the skull and secretes hormones – doesn’t produce enough growth hormone. This condition is common in children.

An indicator that a child may have an issue is first noticed when they are not meeting developmental milestones for height and weight. The good news, growth hormone deficiency is very treatable. Excellent outcomes are typical for children who are diagnosed early.

Symptoms of GHD – Children with GHD are shorter than their same-sex peers and have younger, rounder faces. They may also appear chubby around the abdomen or have “baby” fat, even though their body proportions are normal.

if there is the potential for GHD, a physician will often request information from the parents regarding the growth rates of other children in the family. If GHD is suspected, a number of tests, including Growth Hormone Assay testing kit, can confirm the diagnosis.

At Rapid Test, our chemiluminescence immunoassay testing kits are ideal for use in your lab, hospital, or your primary care office. The results are also easy to understand, helping you make the right decisions for your patients. Visit our website today to learn more about growth hormone assay testing kits.

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