Growth hormone deficiency is when the pituitary gland (a small gland in the brain that controls other glands in the body) does not make enough growth hormone. This makes your child grow more slowly.
The most common signs of growth hormone deficiency in childhood are short stature (shorter height than usual) and decreased growth (growing slower than usual). Children who have growth hormone deficiency might also have the following signs:
We often do not know what causes growth hormone deficiency, and every child is different. Some common causes of growth hormone deficiency include:
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