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International Journal of Endocrinology
Volume 2016, Article ID 1896285, 7 pages
Clinical Study

Growth Hormone Therapy Benefits Pituitary Stalk Interruption Syndrome Patients with Short Stature: A Retrospective Study of 75 Han Chinese

1Department of Endocrinology, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing 100853, China
2Department of Endocrinology, Beijing Electric Teaching Hospital of Capital Medical University, Beijing 100073, China
3Department of Endocrinology, Hainan Branch of Chinese PLA General Hospital, Sanya, Hainan 572000, China

Received 8 February 2016; Revised 28 March 2016; Accepted 30 March 2016

Academic Editor: Maria L. Dufau

Copyright © 2016 Cheng-Zhi Wang 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. We aim to investigate the long-term benefits of growth hormone (GH) therapy in short stature adolescents and adults with pituitary stalk interruption syndrome (PSIS), which would be beneficial for future clinical applications. Design and Methods. In this study, initial height, final height, total height gain, and GH treatment history were retrospectively investigated in 75 Chinese PSIS patients. We compared height gain between the GH treated cohort and untreated cohort and explored the impact of different GH therapy duration on height gain. Results. For GH treated patients, their final height (SDS) increased from (−6.93~2.80) at bone age (BA) of 11.2 (5.0~17.0) years to (−7.82~1.05) at BA of 16.6 (8.0~18.0) years (). And GH treated patients had more height gain than the untreated patients (). There was a significant difference between the different GH therapy duration groups (): GH 0 versus GH 3, ; GH 1 versus GH 3, ; GH 2 versus GH 3, . Conclusion. Adult Chinese PSIS patients with short stature benefited the most from at least 12 months of GH therapy. Although patient diagnosis age was lagged behind in the developing countries, GH treatment was still effective for them and resulted in a higher final height and more height gain.