Other Names for this Disease
- Growth hormone insensitivity syndrome
- Pituitary dwarfism II
- Growth hormone receptor deficiency
- Primary growth hormone resistance
- Primary growth hormone insensitivity
Your QuestionMy grandson has the condition. I want to know if there is medication that will result in a normal stature.
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There is currently no cure for Laron syndrome. Treatment is primarily focused on improving growth. The only specific treatment available for this condition is subcutaneous injections of insulin-like growth factor 1 (a growth-promoting hormone), often called IGF-1. IGF-1 stimulates linear growth (height) and also improves brain growth and metabolic abnormalities caused by long-term IGF-1 deficiency. It has also been shown to raise blood glucose levels, reduce cholesterol, and increase muscle growth. IGF-1 and GH levels should be closely monitored in people undergoing this treatment because overdosage of IGF-I causes a variety of health problems.
Last updated: 9/30/2015
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