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Auxological outcome of growth hormone therapy at cessation of treatment in a cohort of growth hormone deficient Sri Lankan patients

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K.S.H. de Silva ,

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine
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M.E.C. Muhandiram

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine
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Abstract

Introduction Recombinant human growth hormone (r-hGH) for growth hormone deficiency (GHD) has been available free in the state hospitals of Sri Lanka since 2009.

Objectives The aims were to compare height standard deviation scores (SDS) before and after treatment and compare heights at final assessment in relation to the target height (TH) and TH range

Method Patients with confirmed GHD followed up at the University Unit of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo were studied. Anthropometric data were prospectively recorded from presentation to cessation of therapy. The height SDS before and after treatment were calculated and the heights at final assessment were compared with the TH and TH range.

Results Sixteen patients (15 boys) had completed treatment. The mean age at diagnosis was 145.38 (SD=34.28) months with a mean skeletal age of 97.5 (SD=42.85) months. Mean ages at commencement was 164.75 (SD=36.81) months and at cessation of therapy 212.06 (SD=30.12) months duration of therapy was 47.31 (SD=23.99) months. Majority had isolated GHD and 8 patients had pituitary hypoplasia on neuro-imaging. The height SDS improved significantly with treatment from -4.438 (1.18) to -3.37 (0.81), p<0.001. When finally assessed at ages ranging from 15 years 10 months to 26 years 9 months, one patient had reached the TH while six were in the TH range.

Conclusions Auxological response to therapy was significant although treatment was started late due to financial constraints.

Ceylon Medical Journal 2015; 60: 44-8

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v60i2.8151
How to Cite: de Silva, K.S.H. and Muhandiram, M.E.C., 2015. Auxological outcome of growth hormone therapy at cessation of treatment in a cohort of growth hormone deficient Sri Lankan patients. Ceylon Medical Journal, 60(2), pp.44–48. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v60i2.8151
Published on 14 Jun 2015.
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