2 DefinitionAbnormally short height in childhood due to the lack of growth hormoneOften referred to as growth hormone deficiencyPeople with pituitary dwarfism lack growth hormone that is produced in the pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain.
3 Etiology (causes) Most of the time there is no cause However, since your pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain, pituitary dwarfism can be caused by severe brain injury
4 Signs and symptomsObvious sign is kids being much shorter then kids of the same age and genderChildren with pituitary dwarfism have a slow rate of growth. Usually less than two inches per year.Children of this disorder still have normal intelligence and capabilities
5 Diagnostic procedures Pediatric nurses chart child’s growth rates and those with the disorder will not follow the normal growth curveThe growth curve of children with pituitary dwarfism shows no growth or minimal growthX-rays to determine bone age can also help with the diagnosis
6 TreatmentsGrowth hormone injections given at home several times a week or dailyMost common side effects include fluid retention and muscle and joint aches
7 PrognosisDepends on whether there’s any permanent damage and the age of the childEarlier treated, the better chance child will grow to average adult heightGrowth improvement of the injections slowly decrease
8 Prevention There is no preventing pituitary dwarfism In some cases it may be caused by traumatic injury to the pituitary glandChildren with this disorder are smaller then others however, are just as smart and can lead long healthy lives
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