Monday, August 31, 2015

Growth hormone deficiency mnemonic

Hello!
Today I'll be sharing a mnemonic on Growth hormone deficiency!

GROWTHS
Glucose / Genitals
Regular birth weight and size
Obesity
Woice (Voice)
Teeth delayed
Hypoglycemia / hyperbilirubinemia
Skeletal age

So, to elaborate:
Glucose:
Hypoglycemic episodes are common in growth hormone deficiency. Child may also present with hypoglycemic convulsions.

Genitals:
Genitals are small. (Sexual infantilism)
Micropenis, hypoplastic scrotum and delayed puberty are other clinical features.

Regular birth weight:
Child is usually of normal size and weight at birth.

Obesity:
Truncal obesity, increased subcutaneous fat and waistline are other features.

Voice:
High pitched voice may also be a clinical feature.

Teeth delayed:
Delayed tooth eruption is seen in growth hormone deficiency.

Hyperbilirubinemia:
Neonates have prolonged jaundice after birth. Both unconjugated and conjugated bilirubin is increased.

Skeletal age:
There's a delay in skeletal age. Skeletal age is less than the age of the child.

That's all!
-IkaN

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