It has been suggested that children with constitutional growth delay might have a transient immaturity of the neurotransmitter pathways necessary for the control of growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) secretion. In this study we evaluated the effects of two consecutive GHRH boluses (1 μg/kg, i.v.) in nine prepubertal boys with constitutional growth delay. Growth hormone (GH) responses to GHRH administration were similar to that observed in normal children (first GHRH bolus, GH net incremental area under the curve (nAUC) ±SE: 788±244 vs 984±242 ng/ml per hour; second bolus, GHnAUC: 657±122 vs 541±129 ng/ml per hour, respectively). These data suggest that no relevant abnormalities in the mechanisms determining the somatotroph sensitivity to GHRH are present in children with constitutional growth delay.
- Growth delay
- Growth hormone
- Growth hormone releasing hormone
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health