August 15, 2014 — Neurology has published a study linking the use of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) in children with a higher rate of stroke nearly two decades later, raising concern about long-term side effects.
Researchers based their conclusions on data from nearly 7,000 children in France who received HGH injections due to short stature or growth hormone deficiency between 1985 and 1996. The researchers looked at the rate of stroke from 2008-2010.
They found significantly higher rates of bleeding in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). There was a particularly high rate of subarachnoid hemorrhage, which involves bleeding in the space between the brain and the protective lining around the brain. Higher rates of stroke were seen in patients who received the highest doses of HGH as children.
“Data are available about the safety of growth hormone treatment during the period of administration, but we still know little about the long-term state of health of treated individuals, 10 to 20 years or more after the end of treatment.”
HGH has been in use for decades and the popularity is increasing among teenagers in the United States. Unfortunately, the long-term health risks are still unclear. In 2010, the FDA began investigating evidence linking the use of HGH in children with higher rates of death. They decided that the risk was “inconclusive” in 2011.
In February 2012, a study linked the use of HGH in children with a 33% increased risk of death. The deaths were primarily due to higher rates of bone tumors and cerebral hemorrhage.
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