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Growth Hormone Deficiency


Synonyms of Growth Hormone Deficiency
  • GHD

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Growth Hormone is manufactured in the pituitary gland. If it is missing or reduced in quantity during infancy or childhood, it results in growth retardation, short stature and other maturation delays.

    Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD) causes an absence or delay of lengthening and widening of the skeletal bones inappropriate to the chronological age of the child. A sufficient quantity of growth hormone is required during childhood to maintain growth and normalize sexual maturity. In some cases the onset of the disorder occurs prenatally (before birth), and in others the condition occurs months or years later. Laboratory testing is necessary before a diagnosis of Growth Hormone Deficiency is made because growth and maturity delays can be caused by a wide variety of other factors, including normal genetic influences.



    Organizations related to Growth Hormone Deficiency
    • Human Growth Foundation
      997 Glen Cove Avenue
      Glen Head NY 11545
      Phone #: 516-671-4041
      800 #: 800-451-6434
      e-mail: hgf1@hgfound.org
      Home page: http://www.hgfound.org/
    • Little People of America, Inc.
      250 El Camino Real
      Tustin CA 92780
      Phone #: 714-368-3689
      800 #: 888-572-2001
      e-mail: info@lpaonline.org
      Home page: http://www.lpaonline.org
    • Little People's Research Fund, Inc.
      616 Old Edmondson Avenue
      Catonsville MD 21228-3305
      Phone #: 410-747-1100
      800 #: 800-232-5773
      e-mail: lprf@lprf.org
      Home page: http://www.lprf.org
    • MAGIC Foundation for Children's Growth
      6645 W. North Avenue
      Oak Park IL 60302
      Phone #: 708-383-0808
      800 #: 800-362-4423
      e-mail: mary@magicfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.magicfoundation.org
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • Madisons Foundation
      PO Box 241956
      Los Angeles CA 90024
      Phone #: 310-264-0826
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org
    • NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      31 Center Dr
      Bethesda MD 20892
      Phone #: 301-496-5133
      800 #: --
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/



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