Growth hormone and hematopoiesis: A retrospective analysis on a large cohort of children with growth hormone deficiency

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Objective: Few large-scale studies regarding the impact of GH deficiency (GHD) on hematopoiesis in children have been reported. Our aim was to investigate hematopoiesis indices in a large cohort of GHD children at diagnosis and during GH treatment (GHT) and any correlation with hormonal parameters. Design: Clinical and biochemical data of children with idiopathic GHD at diagnosis and annually up to 36 months of GHT were retrospectively evaluated. Overall, 255 children reached 12 months, 140 children 24 months and 86 children 36 months of follow-up during GHT. Results: At baseline, 18.4% of GHD children and 10.1% of controls showed normocytic anemia. GHD children showed lower hemoglobin (Hb) (p = 0.007), red blood cells (RBC) (p < 0.001) and hematocrit (Ht) (p = 0.001) than controls. During GHT, the percentage of anemic patients decreased from 18.4 to 5.4–3.5 and 4.6% after 12 (p = 0.001), 24 (p < 0.001) and 36 months (p < 0.001) of GHT, respectively. In both anemic and non-anemic patients, a significant increase in Hb (p < 0.001, <0.001 and 0.002), RBC (all p < 0.001) and Ht (all p < 0.001) was found after 12, 24 and 36 months of GHT. The Hb levels were significantly correlated with the GH peak after stimulation test (p < 0.001) at baseline and with IGF-I levels at 36 months of GHT (p = 0.002). Conclusions: A significant improvement in erythropoiesis indices occurs during GHT, regardless of any previous presence of anemia.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)8-13
Numero di pagine6
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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