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Diagnosis Endocrinology

Growth Hormone Deficiency

To diagnose the condition, a physical exam and medical history will be performed to identify symptoms. In a child, weight, height and body proportions are measured to determine if there's a slow rate of growth.

In addition, the following tests may be performed:

  • Blood tests to determine levels of hormones, including growth hormone and other endocrine hormones
  • Bone mineral density scans to determine bone age and the development of osteoporosis, a common symptom
  • Hand X-ray to identify bone age and possible osteoporosis
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head to determine other possible causes

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.