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growth hormone

A biochemical secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain which controls growth and is particularly important during adolescence. Radiotherapy given to the head and neck of children with leukaemia may lead to a deficiency in growth hormone. This may be replaced by intramuscular injections.

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Last updated on April 17th, 2023

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