Neuroendocrinology Program

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The Neuroendocrinology Program at Boston Children's Hospital provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of endocrine disorders related to hypothalamic and pituitary region tumors, as well as the endocrine late effects of the treatments of other malignancies, including hematologic disorders.

Reaching new heights

Fifteen-year-old twins Peter and Nicholas Campbell are short. As freshmen in high school, they stand at 4 feet 2 inches each. But with a mother who is 5 feet 5 inches, a father who is 5 feet 8 inches, and no additional underlying conditions that might affect their growth, the reason for their below-average height is yet unknown.

Laurie Cohen, MD, director of the Neuroendocrinology Program at Boston Children's Hospital, has diagnosed the boys with Idiopathic Short Stature (ISS), a condition in which a child doesn't grow to a height that is within the normal range, despite physical makeup and laboratory tests being normal.

Read more of Peter and Nicholas' story.

Q & A: Growth hormone deficiency

Short stature isn't an illness, but a child who is more than two standard deviations below the expected age-appropriate mean height needs to be assessed for what could be one of several possible underlying conditions. 

Laurie Cohen, MD discusses growth hormone deficiency (GHD), one possible cause for short stature. Read more.


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