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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 162-165

History of growth hormone therapy


Department of Endocrinology, St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, India

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Vageesh S Ayyar
Department of Endocrinology, St. John's Medical College, Bangalore
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.84852

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Although the importance of the pituitary gland for growth was recognized in late 19 th century, Growth hormone (GH) therapy was made available for severely GH-deficient children and adolescents only in late 1950s. Use of GH for other conditions was limited because of the limited supply of human pituitary-derived hormone. With unlimited availability of recombinant human GH (rhGH), the scenario of GH treatment has been changed enormously. Currently there is ever increasing list of indications of GH treatment in children, adolescents, and adults.


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