Pediatric kidney transplantation part 127

Children

 

Your child was on growth-hormone treatment before kidney transplant. Can she or he continue on it?

Some children grow very well after transplantation, especially if the kidney works well. Your child may or may not need growth hormone after transplantation. If your child id not growing enough, please talk to your transplant doctor about the growth hormone. Your child should have stable kidney function with no rejection under way before going back on the growth hormone and typicaly it is not used in the first 6 to 12 months after transplant. It is best to give growth hormone to children before they go through puberty. Bone x-rays are done before starting growth hormone treatment to see how much the child might be able to grow.

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