The impact of recombinant human growth hormone treatment on final adult height

Pediatr Nephrol. 2000 Jul;14(7):679-81. doi: 10.1007/s004670000383.


There are limited data addressing the issue of final adult height following treatment with recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH). Utilizing the chronological age of 18 years as the arbitrary age of final adult height for children with chronic renal insufficiency, all patients enrolled in the North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Cooperative Study prior to January 1999, and who had at least one follow-up visit at age 18 years or older, were evaluated. When comparing the final adult height in those patients receiving prior rhGH with a group not receiving rhGH, the delta height standard deviation score was greater in the rhGH treatment group.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Body Height / drug effects*
  • Graft Survival
  • Human Growth Hormone / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Multicenter Studies as Topic
  • Recombinant Proteins / therapeutic use
  • Registries
  • Survival Analysis
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Human Growth Hormone