Arquivos Brasileiros de Endocrinologia & Metabologia
Print version ISSN 0004-2730
LONGUI, Carlos Alberto. GH treatment in patients with idiopathic short stature. Arq Bras Endocrinol Metab [online]. 2008, vol.52, n.5, pp. 750-756. ISSN 0004-2730. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-27302008000500006.
Growth hormone has been used in the treatment of patients with idiopathic short stature. Clinical and laboratorial criteria are discussed, taking into consideration the indication of GH and the evaluation of its efficacy and individual responsiveness. Anthropometric, psychosocial, ethical, and also cost/benefit aspects must be considered before GH prescription in idiopathic short stature patients.
Keywords : Idiopathic short stature; Short stature therapy; Growth hormone; Familial short stature; Constitutional delay of growth and puberty.