Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Human Growth Hormone Diseases: Not A Child’s Game (part 2 of 2)
Excessive human growth hormone can also be treated. This disease is characterized by excessive height. This disease rarely happens in children. Methods of treatment for this disease include:

1.) Surgery
2.) Medications
3.) Pituitary Irradiation

Excessive growth hormone is commonly caused by a non cancerous tumor in the pituitary gland and therefore needs to be removed. However, surgery can not be performed on children with pituitary hyperplasia. Pituitary hyperplasia enlarges the pituitary gland making it impossible to determine an area to be removed.

Medications are available if surgery if not possible on a child. Some drugs that are used are somatostatin analogues, GH receptor antagonists and dopamine antagonists. Nonetheless, these medications do not cure the disease but reduces growth hormone levels and needs to be taken for a lifetime if the disease is not cured.

Pituitary irradiation is not recommended for children and considered as a last result for patients. It is done if surgery and medication are not effective methods to treat or neutralize the GH production. This method if effective but it takes time to fully achieve the benefits of this therapy. It also affects the brain development of a child. Children treated with this disease also need to be monitored for the possible side effects of the medications and therapies that he has undergone.

Human growth hormone excess and deficiency can both affect the child psychologically and physically. Children with these diseases frequently have low self-esteem because of the feeling of being different from other children. They tend to isolate themselves from others because of their physical abnormalities. Children with low stature are often bullied and may result in a phobia. Parents should guide and constantly console their children.

HGH diseases happen to any children and it is not the child’s fault if he has the disease. It is up to a parent to win the battle for her child.

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