Research Article

Prevalence of severe growth hormone deficiency.

Br Med J 1977; 2 doi: (Published 13 August 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;2:427
  1. G V Vimpani,
  2. A F Vimpani,
  3. G P Lidgard,
  4. E H Cameron,
  5. J W Farquhar


    Four hundred and forty-nine short children, who were all over 2-5 standard deviations below the mean height for age, were identified by screening the heights of 48 221 6- to 9-year-old children in three Scottish cities. Most were screened for growth hormone deficiency (GHD). The prevalence of severe GHD in this sample may have been as high as 1 in 4018, much higher than reported. The findings suggest that present referral patterns may account for the delayed or missed diagnosis of the condition in girls or children with less severe short stature.