ESPE Abstracts (2014) 82 P-D-2-2-431

Vitamin D Concentrations in Children with GH Deficiency During First Year of GH Treatment

Beata Pyrzak, Ewelina Witkowska-Sedek, Anna Kucharska, Magdalena Sagala & Anna Majcher


Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland


Introduction: The start of GH (rhGH) treatment in children with GH deficiency (GHD) causes a significant increase in bone turnover and increases height velocity. The increase in IGF1 concentrations during rhGH treatment is a marker of the efficiency of treatment. A significant increase in bone turnover during rhGH treatment results in an increased demand for vitamin D. It is important to determine proper supplementation doses of vitamin D in patients during catch-up growth.

Aim of study: The aim of the study was to evaluate the correlation changes of 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations during the first year of GH treatment.

Material and methods: The study group consisted of 76 children aged 3–16 years with GHD. IGF1, 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations and anthropometric parameters were measured at baseline and after 6 and 12 months of treatment. Bone age was evaluated at baseline and after 12 months of treatment.

Results: Vitamin D status at baseline correlated with height velocity before rhGH treatment (P<0.05, r=0.49). The mean 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration at baseline was 19.57 ng/ml (±6.19 S.D.) and after 12 months of rhGH treatment with vitamin D supplementation it increased to 24.1 ng/ml (±6.88 S.D.). A negative correlation between Δ25-hydroxyvitamin D and ΔIGF1 (P<0.05, r=−0.38) was found.

Conclusions: Vitamin D status is related to height velocity and adequate vitamin D supplementation is important in patients with GHD during catch-up growth, when their bone turnover is increased as a result of rhGH treatment. Determining proper supplementation doses of vitamin D in such cases requires further research.

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