Short stature or Growth Hormone Deficiency is an endocrine condition related to the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is about the size of a pea and is located at the base of the brain. When the pituitary gland does not make enough growth hormone, development is impacted.

The lack of growth hormone causes:

  • Short stature
  • Reduced bone strength
  • A rounder face
  • Delayed puberty
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures

Possible behavioral and psychological symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of concentration
  • Poor memory

Treatments include daily hormone injections to boost growth and muscle strength. Counseling can also help if your child is insecure about his or her appearance or is concerned about not keeping up physically with peers.

Patient Story: Luke and Jedidiah - Living with Growth Hormone Deficiency

When Luke and Jedidiah's parents noticed the boys were not growing as quickly as they should, they turned to the Endocrinology Department at Arkansas Children's Northwest. Hear their story as they seek treatment for growth hormone deficiency.

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