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Case Reports in Endocrinology
Volume 2013, Article ID 684249, 3 pages
Case Report

Growth Hormone Deficiency in a Patient with Becker Muscular Dystrophy: A Pediatric Case Report

1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy
2Department of Pediatrics, IRCCS Policlinico S. Matteo Foundation, 27100 Pavia, Italy
3IRCCS C. Mondino Foundation and University of Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy
4Pediatric and Infectious Disease Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital, 00165 Rome, Italy

Received 10 October 2012; Accepted 6 November 2012

Academic Editors: G. Aimaretti, M. A. Boyanov, and H. Ikeda

Copyright © 2013 Valeria Calcaterra et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To describe a biochemical growth hormone (GH) deficiency and to evaluate therapeutic result in a six-year-old male with Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD). Methods. GH peak was evaluated after response to arginine and insulin. Bone age was evaluated according to Greulich and Pyle method. Results. The GH-supplementary therapy was very effective in terms of growth gain. Conclusion. The possibility of a growth hormone deficiency and treatment with GH in patients with BMD cannot be excluded, especially considering the good therapeutic response.