When the pituitary gland fails to produce adequate amounts of growth hormone, a child's growth in height is impaired.
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) may also occur in kids with growth hormone deficiency, particularly in infants and young children with the condition.
Too much growth hormone in children who are still growing will make their bones and other body parts grow excessively, resulting in gigantism.
This condition is usually caused by a pituitary tumor and can be treated by removing the tumor. This condition is extremely rare in children.
Marshfield Clinic employs physician specialists who are trained in treatment of either condition.
In the case of a tumor, the most common treatment option is surgery.
Growth hormone deficiency
When the amount of growth hormone is low, growth hormone replacement therapy is recommended to increase the amount of growth hormone to a normal level and curb the impairment in a child's growth.