Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Effects of disease activity and recombinant human growth hormone on insulin-like growth factor 1, insulin-like growth factor binding proteins 1 and 3, and osteocalcin.
OBJECTIVE: To investigate possible mechanisms of growth impairment in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). METHODS: Eighteen prepubertal children with JRA and growth retardation received recombinant human growth hormone (rHuGH) for 1 year. Growth hormone profiles over 24 hours were obtained before treatment in 12 patients; the levels did not differ from those in "short normal" children. Levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), IGF binding proteins (IGFBPs) 1 and 3, insuli...Expand abstract
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