Poor skeletal growth occurs due to the deficiency of growth hormone.
What is growth hormone deficiency?
Growth hormone is a protein produced by the pituitary gland, located near the base of the brain and attached to the hypothalamus (a part of the brain that helps regulate the pituitary gland). If the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus is malformed or damaged, it may mean that the pituitary gland can’t produce growth hormone.
Causes and symptoms
Damage to the pituitary gland or hypothalamus may result from an abnormal formation that occurred before your child was born (congenital) or something that occurred during or after birth (acquired).
The symptoms are
- immature appearance, compared to peers
- a chubby body build
- a prominent forehead