If your pituitary gland doesn't produce enough growth hormone, it can affect your development, resulting in growth hormone deficiency. At Fort Wayne Endocrinology, Ashok Kadambi, MD, Desiree Heim, NP-C, and Crystal Webb, NP-C, use hormone replacement therapy and other advanced treatments to manage the symptoms of growth hormone deficiency. To make an appointment at the practice in Fort Wayne, Indiana, call the office or use the online booking feature today.
Growth hormone deficiency, or pituitary dwarfism, occurs when the pituitary gland –– a small gland at the base of your brain –– doesn’t produce enough growth hormone. Sometimes, the condition is present at birth (congenital); in other cases, it develops later in life (acquired).
People with growth hormone deficiency are shorter than members of the average population, but they have normal limb proportions.
Growth hormone deficiency develops for various reasons, including genetic abnormalities, severe brain injuries, or being born without a pituitary gland.
You might also experience growth hormone deficiency if you have low levels of other hormones, such as gonadotropins (sex hormones) or thyrotropins (thyroid hormones).
Symptoms of growth hormone deficiency include:
Some people with growth hormone deficiency also experience facial abnormalities resulting from pituitary defects.
To diagnose growth hormone deficiency, your Fort Wayne Endocrinology provider reviews your medical history, conducts a physical exam, and measures your arms, legs, and height. Afterward, they order several lab tests, including bloodwork, to assess the level of certain hormones in your blood.
Your provider might also order diagnostic imaging, like an MRI or a CT scan, to get a better look at your pituitary gland or hypothalamus.
Treatment of growth hormone deficiency typically involves hormone replacement therapy under the guidance of a qualified endocrinologist. Hormone replacement therapy restores your hormone levels to balance, reducing uncomfortable symptoms, boosting your energy levels, and improving your quality of life.
Hormone replacement therapy for growth hormone deficiency is safe and usually well-tolerated. During the first few weeks of treatment, it’s normal to experience acne, fatigue, and mood changes, but these symptoms should subside quickly once your body adjusts.
To ensure a positive treatment outcome, attend each of your checkups at Fort Wayne Endocrinology and follow your provider’s instructions closely.
To receive treatment for growth hormone deficiency, make an appointment at Fort Wayne Endocrinology. Call the office to speak with a team member or use the online booking feature today.