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Are HGH injections helpful in gaining height?

Answered by: Dr Chandra M Gulhati

Editor, MIMS, New Delhi

Q. I am a 17 years old boy, 5.6 feet tall. I want to grow 3 - 4 inches taller. Is it possible at this age? Also, I want to know about the role of Human Growth Hormone (hGH) in height gain. Are hGH injections helpful in gaining height?

A.  Human Growth Hormone (hGC) is indicated only if there is deficiency of this hormone, not otherwise. It is used to treat: (a) Short stature due to decreased or failed secretion of pituitary growth hormone, (b) Treatment of adults with severe growth hormone deficiency as diagnosed in the insulin tolerance test for growth hormone deficiency and defined by peak growth hormone concentrations of less than 2.5 nanogram/mL, (c) Growth disturbances associated with gonadal dysgenesis (Turner's syndrome), (d) Improvement of body composition and treatment of short stature associated with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) in paediatric patients and (e) For treatment of growth disturbance in children with chronic renal insufficiency whose height is or less than 25th percentile and whose growth velocity is on or less than 25th percentile for bone age. Chronic renal insufficiency is defined as glomerular filtration rate of less than 50 mL/minute/1.73 m2.

A.  Human Growth Hormone (hGC) is indicated only if there is deficiency of this hormone, not otherwise. It is used to treat: (a) Short stature due to decreased or failed secretion of pituitary growth hormone, (b) Treatment of adults with severe growth hormone deficiency as diagnosed in the insulin tolerance test for growth hormone deficiency and defined by peak growth hormone concentrations of less than 2.5 nanogram/mL, (c) Growth disturbances associated with gonadal dysgenesis (Turner's syndrome), (d) Improvement of body composition and treatment of short stature associated with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) in paediatric patients and (e) For treatment of growth disturbance in children with chronic renal insufficiency whose height is or less than 25th percentile and whose growth velocity is on or less than 25th percentile for bone age. Chronic renal insufficiency is defined as glomerular filtration rate of less than 50 mL/minute/1.73 m2.

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