Sustained effect of human growth hormone therapy on children with intrauterine growth retardation

R. Lanes, L. P. Plotnick, P. A. Lee

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Previous studies have not clarified whether human growth hormone (HGH) therapy can significantly increase the height of patients with intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR). To determine whether the initial increase in growth rate is sustained through subsequent treatment, 19 prepubertal patients who had IUGR were treated with HGH. Ten of them received a second treatment course. Growth rates (in centimeters per year) were 4.8±1.4 (mean±SD) for the pretreatment period, 7.6±2.3 for the first treatment period, 4.2±2.5 for the interval between treatments, 5.9±1.4 for the second treatment period, and 4.3±2.6 for the posttreatment period. Growth rates for the two treatment periods were significantly greater than for the periods before, interval between, and posttreatment. Height expressed as the number of standard deviations below the mean for age increased significantly between the onset of treatment and most recent measurement. These data indicate that HGH has a sustained positive effect on increasing growth rates in children with IUGRT, although the magnitude of the effect may decrease with further treatment. Furthermore, we suggest that it is worthwhile to treat patients who have IUGR with HGH for prolonged periods of time, if supplies exceed those necessary to treat children with growth hormone deficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)731-735
Number of pages5
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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