Short stature or Growth Hormone Deficiency is an endocrine condition related to the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is about the size of a pea and is located at the base of the brain. When the pituitary gland does not make enough growth hormone, development is impacted.
The lack of growth hormone causes:
Possible behavioral and psychological symptoms:
Treatments include daily hormone injections to boost growth and muscle strength. Counseling can also help if your child is insecure about his or her appearance or is concerned about not keeping up physically with peers.
Hear the story of parents seeking treatment for growth hormone deficiency at Arkansas Children's Northwest for their sons.