Growth Hormone Stimulation Testing: To Test or Not to Test? That Is One of the Questions

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The evaluation of children with short stature includes monitoring over a prolonged period to establish a growth pattern as well as the exclusion of chronic medical conditions that affect growth. After a period of monitoring, evaluation, and screening, growth hormone stimulation testing is considered when the diagnosis of growth hormone deficiency (GHD) is entertained. Though flawed, growth hormone stimulation tests remain part of the comprehensive evaluation of growth and are essential for the diagnosis of growth hormone (GH) deficiency. Variables including testing length, growth hormone assay and diagnostic cut off affect results. Beyond the intrinsic issues of testing, results of GH stimulation testing can be influenced by patient characteristics. Various factors including age, gender, puberty, nutritional status and body weight modulate the secretion of GH.

Original languageEnglish
Article number902364
JournalFrontiers in Endocrinology
StatePublished - 9 Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • IGF – I
  • growth hormone deficiency
  • growth hormone – secretion
  • sex hormone priming
  • short stature


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