Test results may vary depending on your age, gender, health history, and other things.
Your test results may be different depending on the lab used. They may not mean you
a problem. Ask your healthcare provider what your test results mean for you.
Normal results differ by age. All
growth hormone deficiency tests take age into account.
If your levels of GH are lower, it
may mean that you have a pituitary tumor. It may also mean you have hypopituitarism,
condition in which the pituitary gland makes low amounts of many kinds of hormones,
Lower levels in children may be
present from birth or they may be caused by head trauma, a tumor, or radiation therapy.
If a low GH level is not caused by a damaged pituitary gland, sometimes the child
outgrows it by adolescence or young adulthood. Your healthcare provider may want to
retest at different stages of your child's development.