Ask Nurse Lynn – When to Start Growth Hormone


Male, Newborn, Subtype Unknown

How soon should a person who has been diagnosed with PWS start hormone therapy (specifically HGH)?

Nurse Lynn’s Response:

A child can be assessed for growth hormone treatment at any age. Clinical experience suggests that Growth Hormone treatment can be beneficial for an individual with PWS as early as 2-3 months of age. Treatment intended to increase height needs to begin prior to the normal age of puberty and earlier treatment ( often prior to age 2) seems to offer the best opportunity for improvements in body composition and acquisition of motor milestones. Attached is a link to our recently updated growth hormone booklet.


Growth Hormone Booklet, Third Edition

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