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      Body Composition and Quality of Life as Markers of the Efficacy of Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy in Adults

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          Growth hormone (GH) replacement therapy in GH-deficient adults should be initiated with a low dose, independent of body weight or body surface area. Measurements of serum insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) concentrations, as well as clinical examinations aimed at detecting signs of fluid excess, are important as safety markers to avoid overtreatment with GH. At present, there is no optimal marker for the long-term efficacy of GH replacement therapy. The long-term maintenance dose of GH should, therefore, be titrated in each individual based on the clinical response, with the aim of normalizing body hydration, other measurements of body composition, quality of life and well-being, and biochemical indices such as serum IGF-I concentration.

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          Horm Res Paediatr
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          17 November 2004
          : 55
          : Suppl 2
          : 55-60
          Research Centre for Endocrinology and Metabolism, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden
          63476 Horm Res 2001;55(suppl 2):55–60
          © 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel

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