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J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2000 Jul;13 Suppl 1:739-46.

Hormonal changes during GnRH analogue therapy in children with central precocious puberty.

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Clinic of Growth and Reproduction, The Juliane Marie Centre, The University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Gonadotropin releasing hormone analogues (GnRHa) have been used for treatment of central precocious puberty (CPP) for more than 15 years. They are generally considered safe although data on potential long-term side effects are scarce. However, GnRHa therapy has profound effects on both the hypothalamopituitary-gonadal axis as well as on growth hormone (GH) secretion. Gonadal activity is increased in children with CPP; during GnRHa therapy secretion of gonadal hormones is suppressed as reflected by measurements of LH, FSH, and estradiol/testosterone. More recently, studies of levels of inhibin A and B as well as markers of androgen action such as SHBG and prostate specific antigen have demonstrated marked suppression of gonadal function possibly to infra-physiological levels. The possible long-term consequences of these observations have yet to be determined. Detailed analyses of the GH-IGF-I axis have revealed a decrease in levels of free, biologically active IGF-I during GnRHa treatment. These findings are in accord with the observed decrease in height velocity in children with CPP under treatment with GnRHa, and may also play a role in the relatively small gain in final height in most patients.

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