Title

Approach to the Patient: Safety of Growth Hormone Replacement in Children and Adolescents

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2-17-2022

Journal

The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism

Volume

107

Issue

3

DOI

10.1210/clinem/dgab746

Keywords

adverse events; growth hormone deficiency; human growth hormone; ISS; neoplasms; Noonan syndrome; Prader-Willi syndrome; safety; SGA; Turner syndrome

Abstract

The use of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) in children and adolescents has expanded since its initial approval to treat patients with severe GH deficiency (GHD) in 1985. rhGH is now approved to treat several conditions associated with poor growth and short stature. Recent studies have raised concerns that treatment during childhood may affect morbidity and mortality in adulthood, with specific controversies over cancer risk and cerebrovascular events. We will review 3 common referrals to a pediatric endocrinology clinic, followed by a summary of short- and long-term effects of rhGH beyond height outcomes. Methods to mitigate risk will be reviewed. Finally, this information will be applied to each clinical case, highlighting differences in counseling and clinical outcomes. rhGH therapy has been used for more than 3 decades. Data are largely reassuring, yet we still have much to learn about pharmaceutical approaches to growth in children and the lifelong effect of treatment.

Share

COinS