Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Peta | 2011/05/25


Testing growth hormones

Hi Dr
Me again....

I wanted to know, how do you check growth hormones to see if your child is growing properly vs not getting enough to eat and therefore failure to thrive?

I have been told by a dr overseas to check his growth hormones but l am not sure how to do this?


Expert's Reply



This test is not usually done unless there is a good reason for it. In children the test can be done on a single blood sample, usually in the early morning after an overnight fast.All of the pathology laboratories in SA are able to measure growth hormone levels.

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Posted by: Racoon | 2011/05/25

Hi Peta

We''ve been there recently and it is a simple blood test initially to look at the Growth Hormone, and IGF-1 (Insuline like growth hormone 1) levels. Your pead can simply send a request to Pathcare.

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