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      GH-Replacement Therapy in Adults

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          Growth hormone (GH) deficiency in adults, whether GH deficient since childhood or patients rendered GH deficient in adult life, is associated with psychosocial maladjustment, reduced muscle strength and reduced exercise capacity. Body composition is significantly altered with increased fat and decreased muscle volume as compared to healthy subjects. Kidney function is subnormal, and so is sweat secretion. Epidemiological data suggest premature mortality due to cardiovascular disease in hypopituitary patients. Short-term GH treatment trials have shown improved psychosocial performance, normalization of body composition, increased muscle strength, improved exercise capacity, increased cardiac performance and increase in bone mineral mass as well as in serum markers of bone turnover, and normalization of kidney function. Thus GH replacement therapy in GH-deficient adults exhibits potential long-term beneficial effects. A number of important questions has to be addressed before long-term GH replacement therapy in GH-deficient adults can be considered on a routine basis.

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          Horm Res Paediatr
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          02 December 2008
          : 36
          : Suppl 1
          : 66-72
          University Department of Endocrinology, Internal Medicine, Radiology, Clinical Chemistry; Institute of Experimental Clinical Research, Aarhus Kommunehospital, Aarhus; Department of Growth and Reproduction, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
          182192 Horm Res 1991;36:66–72
          © 1991 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 7
          The Second hGH Symposium Amsterdam 1991


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