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Symptoms of adult growth hormone deficiency
Tribune News Service

Who are at the high risk of adult growth hormone deficiency?

1. Those who suffer a severe head injury in their lifetime.

2. Those exposed to radiation and radiotherapy.

3. Those with pituitary tumour and having undergone surgery.

4. Women experiencing difficulty in delivery requiring blood transfusion.

5. Somatopause (lack of sleep) and advancing age (generally more than 60 years old).

Chandigarh, July 12
Anxiety, depression, increased body fat around waist or loss of libido are symptoms indicating adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD).

Though unheard of among adults, the deficiency of the growth hormone even today is considered a deficiency prevdent among children. This despite the fact that the department of endocrinology at the PGI alone receives around 15 cases of AGHD every month, which includes only those patients who are diagnosed with the deficiency after the surgery of the pituitary tumour. “Awareness among both the patients and the doctors about AGHD is less though its prevalence is quite high,’’ said Dr Anil Bhansali, Head of Department of endocrinology at PGI addressing the mediapersons here today adding, “there certainly would be more cases which are simply not diagnosed as the awareness about the deficiency among the public and doctors themselves is negligible.’’ The PGI plans to start research on a group of patients who have undergone pituitary tumour surgery to see the results of giving the growth hormones.

While the growth hormone’s deficiency is easily identified in the children due to their poor growth, among adults the symptoms are so generalised and subtle that it is only through proper diagnostic tests that it is pinpointed.

“Extreme care has to be taken while diagnosing the deficiency as not all depressions or weight gains are due to AGHD. The bio-chemical and stimulation tests are conducted and then the growth hormone is injected in the patients. The treatment normally lasts six months to one year, but in some cases can extend up to the entire life time,’’ said the HoD.

While the daily cost of injecting the hormones prepared by recomponent DNA technique is a little more than Rs 100, the treatment is not devoid of its side effects. “Like any other treatment, the side effects in this case can be diabetes, swelling of legs, numbness in hands, joint pain and hypertension,’’ said the doctor but added that the improvement in quality of life due to the added vigour and muscular stamina is unmatched.

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PGI panel records statement
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 12
The PGI’s three-member fact-finding committee recorded the statement of law officer Tajinder Singh Bagga today in the case pertaining to the brawl between the Law Officer and the Deputy Director, Administration (DDA) Ms Meeta Rajivlochan, that took place last Friday.

The committee, comprising the Dean PGI, Prof Sudha Suri, along with the Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, Prof Amod Gupta, and Head of the Department of Gynaecology, Prof Sarala Gopalan, had earlier recorded the statement of the DDA on Saturday.

However, in the absence of the PGI’s Director, Prof K.K. Talwar, who is reported to have gone to Delhi, the final outcome is awaited.
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100 units of blood collected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 12
More than 100 units of blood were donated at the blood donation camp which was organised at Hotel Heritage here today. The camp was organised in the aid of the thalassemia patients for the tenth time in a row. A team of doctors from the Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGI, conducted the camp. City-based income tax lawyer Ravinder Krishan inaugurated the camp.

Girls donate blood at a camp organised in aid of thalassemia patients by the Old Students Society of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Sector 27, in collaboration with Boss and ESS ESS, a company producing bathroom products, at a hotel in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Girls donate blood at a camp organised in aid of thalassemia patients by the Old Students Society of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan

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Good hygiene can save skin

Chandigarh, July 12
To keep the skin glowing and free from the infections this monsoons, the doctors have advised good personal hygiene. “The key to keep the diseases off is to wash the face with an antiseptic soap at least twice a day,” says city based Dr Anil Kapoor. Sun burns and boils can be common skin problems and the humidity and the sweat on the face can lead to microbial infections. Acne can also aggravate in the season. TNS
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