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Growth Hormone Treatment: Evidence, Practice, and Emerging Issues

Growth Hormone Treatment: Evidence, Practice, and Emerging Issues

The effects of growth hormone deficiency (GHD) on the stature and maturation of children are well established. Recombinant DNA technology now allows the production and use of recombinant growth hormone to correct those effects without the limitations and safety concerns associated with growth hormone (GH) derived from pituitary tissue. GH therapy is also gaining acceptance for treating idiopathic short stature (ISS) in children whose growth rate is subnormal but who have no GH deficiency or other endocrine abnormality. The normal aging process in adults is accompanied by a substantial decline in GH, and recent research supports the damaging effects of GHD associated with atherosclerosis and osteoporosis. Other research is investigating GHD as a factor in chronic fibromyalgia and AIDS. This continuing education program provides information on the current status of GH therapy for children and adults so that managed care professionals can better understand the diagnostic and treatment algorithms and the scientific rationale for expanded use of GH therapy.

Highlights:

  • Clinical Management of GH Therapy for Children
  • Clinical Management of GH Therapy for Adults
  • Plan and Pharmacy Perspectives