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      Blunted Pubertal Growth after Leukemia: A New Pattern of Growth Hormone Insufficiency

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          Growth, age at menarche and spontaneous GH secretion were studied in girls after treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). These girls had normal prepubertal growth but subnormal pubertal growth. Mean final height was 1 SD less than expected before puberty. The average age at menarche was significantly lower than the normal mean for Swedish girls. The mean 24-hour GH secretion was severely blunted and there was no increase during puberty. We suggest that girls treated for ALL, including CNS irradiation, have a relative GH insufficiency which becomes clinically obvious only when the girls cannot respond to the increased demands for GH in puberty.

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          Journal
          HRE
          Horm Res Paediatr
          10.1159/issn.1663-2818
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-5003-1
          978-3-318-01958-2
          1663-2818
          1663-2826
          1988
          1988
          02 December 2008
          : 30
          : 2-3
          : 68-71
          Affiliations
          Departments of Pediatrics, Universities of aLund and bGothenburg, Sweden
          Article
          181031 Horm Res 1988;30:68–71
          10.1159/000181031
          3248779
          © 1988 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 4
          Categories
          Growth and Development in Children Treated for Cancer

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