The Endocrinology, Weight Control and Metabolic Center
        18370 Burbank Blvd. Suite 204 • Tarzana, California  91356 • (818) 345-7792



Growth Hormone Center

Growth Hormone Treatment

For many years our Growth Hormone Center has provided treatment for short children and more recently for adults, since GH plays a vital role in optimizing health for all ages.

Protocol
After thorough laboratory testing, we determine if you are eligible for growth hormone treatment and then submit the data to the insurance company. With adequate documentation and clinical necessity, most insurance companies (including Medicare) will approve this medication.

Causes
Any damage to the pituitary gland (e.g., tumors, radiation, physical trauma [concussion], infection and infiltrative diseases) can result in inadequate production of growth hormones. Often, we cannot determine the cause.

Who is eligible?
A) Very short children
B) Adults
    1) Young adults
    2) Middle age adults
    3) Aging adults

Clinical Assessment of Adults
1) Tiredness
2) Weakness
3) Heart Disease
4) Overweight
5) Excess Belly Fat
6) High Cholesterol
7) Insomnia
8) Hypertension
9) Chronic Fatigue
10) Poor General Health
11) Reduced Muscle Mass
12) Reduced Strength
13) Depression, Mood swings, and Anxiety

Testing
1) Initial blood screening test of a growth factor (IGF-1).
2) Confirmation test (Growth Hormone Stimulation Test) in which we stimulate the pituitary gland with a medication (protein) which then releases growth hormone. If these values (series of 4) are low, you are then eligible for growth hormone treatment.
3) Finally, we order a Pituitary MRI to rule out any underlying physical cause for deficiency of the hormone.

Treatment
A daily injection (by the patient) of growth hormone by a “pen-like” device and tiny needle.

Goal
Our goal is to reverse the signs and symptoms (listed above) of GHD – the ultimate goal is to improve well being and improve overall quality of life and personal productivity.

Side Effects
Rare