Growth Hormone Therapy in Pediatrics

Growth Hormone Therapy in Pediatrics

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For 20 years, KIGS (Pfizer International Growth Database) has provided an outstanding tool for monitoring the use, efficacy and safety of growth hormone (GH) treatment in children with short stature of varying origin. This volume offers a comprehensive update of the continuing experiences in KIGS and is based on data from more than 50 countries and more than 60, 000 patients. International experts analyse in detail the basic auxological characteristics of patients and their response to GH treatment for a broad spectrum of growth disorders. These include idiopathic GH deficiency, organic GH deficiency due to a variety of causes such as congenital malformations and syndromes, genetic disorders or treatment for leukaemia or central nervous system tumours and short stature in children born small for gestational age, specific syndromes and systemic disorders. Each growth disorder is also covered by a review of relevant published data by international experts. KIGS has also established itself as a primary source of information about adverse events during long-term GH treatment in children. The recent analysis of KIGS data has revealed no new adverse drug reactions since the 10-year follow-up. Therefore, treatment with GH seems a low-risk intervention in children and adolescents with various growth disorders. The process of developing disease-specific growth response prediction models has been ongoing in KIGS for many years. The available models are accurate, precise and have a relatively high degree of predictive power, although further predictors of the growth response remain to be identified. The KIGS prediction models can be applied prospectively to new patients, enabling their GH therapy to be better tailored and monitored to achieve optimal growth, safety and cost outcomes. The future of KIGS within the era of evidence-based medicine will continue to depend upon the quality of the data reported. Therefore, the commitment of participating physicians will continue to be a decisive element. The ongoing recognition of the importance of valid safety and efficacy information in the practice of paediatric endocrinology is exemplified by this valuable international collaboration of clinicians and the pharmaceutical community.4 World Health Organization: Manual of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases, Injuries and Causes of Death, ed 9. Geneva, World Health ... 9 Watanabe S, Mizuno S, Tsunematsu Y, Komlyamu A, Fuji K, Kubota M: Leukaemia in GH-deficient children. ... Acta Paediatr Scand 1991;80: 1220a€“1228 . 15 SklarCAanbsp;...

Title:Growth Hormone Therapy in Pediatrics
Author:Michael B. Ranke, David Anthony Price, Edward O. Reiter
Publisher:Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers - 2007-01-01


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