Growth Hormone Disorders

Growth Hormone Disorders

Author: Aaron Mullally

This lesson will identify disorders and abnormalities associated with growth hormone.

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Terms to Know

A condition in which growth hormone levels are too high after growth plates ossify; this causes bones to thicken and extremities to enlarge but bones cannot grow in length. The most prominent signs are enlarged facial features, hands and feet.


A condition in which growth hormone levels are too high at an age before growth plates ossify; this causes bones and other tissues to grow proportionally larger than average.

Pituitary Dwarfism

A condition in which growth hormones levels are too low at a young age and the person is proportionally smaller than normal.