Growth Hormone Test
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The growth hormone test is used to check for growth hormone levels that are too low or too high. This hormone promotes normal growth from birth through the end of puberty. The test is often done on adolescents who are shorter than expected, have delayed sexual maturity, or have other growth deficiencies. It may also be used to confirm the diagnosis of increased bone size (gigantism or acromegaly).
This test measures the amount of growth hormone in your blood to determine how much your body is producing. Growth hormone is made by the pituitary gland, which is a small organ located at the bottom of the brain.
A blood sample is required for this test.
You will have a blood sample taken from a vein in your arm.
Talk with your health care provider about what your results mean.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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