Growth Hormone Deficiency Diagnosis

Exams and Tests to Diagnose Growth Hormone Deficiency

Written by Julie M. Gentile
Reviewed by Daniel J. Toft MD, PhD

Both children and adults can be diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency, and the exams and tests used to diagnose growth hormone deficiency are the same no matter your age.

Diagnosing growth hormone deficiency typically starts with a physical exam. This can help show your doctor if there are any signs of slowed growth.

Your doctor will check your weight, height, and body proportions. This is especially important in diagnosing a child with growth hormone deficiency. A child with growth hormone deficiency does not typically follow the normal growth charts: Their rate of growth is typically very slow, and the child is usually much shorter than other children the same age.

Other than a physical exam, there are many other tests and exams used to make a growth hormone deficiency diagnosis in children and adults.

Blood Tests for Growth Hormone Deficiency

Other Exams and Tests to Diagnose Growth Hormone Deficiency
In addition to blood tests, your doctor may perform some additional exams and tests to help diagnose growth hormone deficiency.

If you or your child have signs and symptoms of growth hormone deficiency, talk to your doctor immediately so he or she can perform exams and tests to make an accurate growth hormone deficiency diagnosis.

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