Final height in a large cohort of Dutch patients with growth hormone deficiency treated with growth hormone. Dutch Growth Hormone Working Group

Horm Res. 1995;43(4):135-7. doi: 10.1159/000184259.


Final height was evaluated in 203 patients with growth hormone (GH) deficiency, who had been treated with GH in childhood, and was related to other factors. Mean final height was 168.1 cm (men) and 154.7 cm (women), -2.07 and -2.20 SD of the population mean, respectively. Patients with GH deficiency due to cerebral tumour were taller than those with idiopathic GH deficiency, and patients with induced puberty were taller than those with spontaneous puberty. Target height (r = +0.37), birth length (r = 0.36), height SDS at the start of therapy (r = +0.51) and at the start of puberty (r = +0.58) were significantly correlated with final height. Multiple linear regression analysis revealed that after correction for height at the start of puberty, age at the start of puberty was also positively correlated with final height. Patients who were treated after 1983 (when treatment regimens were changed) were taller than patients who finished treatment before 1983. The results suggest the importance of preventing a large initial height deficit and attaining optimal height at the start of puberty.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Body Height / drug effects*
  • Child
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Growth Hormone / deficiency*
  • Growth Hormone / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Netherlands


  • Growth Hormone