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The use of Oral Bovril as growth hormone stimulation test

Loh, Huai Heng and S , Norlela and Abd Wahab, Norasyikin and M, Norlaila and O, Mohd Rahman and R, Subashini and Shahar, Mohammad Arif and Omar, Ahmad Marzuki and WS, Wan Juani and M., Azura Dina and Ooi, CP and S, Muhammad and A, Mohan and MT, Alif Adlan and Kamaruddin, Nor Azmi (2014) The use of Oral Bovril as growth hormone stimulation test. Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 4 (1(Sup)). p. 28. ISSN 2229-9572

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Introduction: The gold standard for diagnosing growth hormone deficiency is insulin tolerance test. However, this is contraindicated in patients at risk of seizure attacks. GHRH-arginine test is not widely available. The other tests have their own limitations. Oral Bovril contains arginine and can be used as a substitute when all others are not available. Case: A 16-year old boy with underlying mitochondrial disease, complicated with myoclonus and secondary hypogonadism, presented with short stature. Oral Bovril test was performed to rule out growth hormone deficiency as other tests were not available. Materials and Methods: Oral Bovril, given as 14g/m2 body surface area, was used in this patient (subject A) after an overnight fast. The test was also performed on a healthy sex-matched adult (subject B) and a sex and age-matched patient with confirmed growth hormone deficiency (subject C). Serial blood tests were taken at baseline and half hourly for 2.5 hours. Results: Subject A attained peak growth hormone of 28.4mIU/L which was consistent with a normal response, hence ruling out growth hormone deficiency. Subject B attained peak growth hormone of 42.0mIU/L. Subject C has suppressed growth hormone throughout the test, consistent with previous insulin tolerance test. Conclusion: Oral Bovril test is an option when all other growth hormone stimulation tests cannot be performed. It is cheap, readily available, has no side effects, does not require intravenous infusion, and has fairly good performance.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5471/48182
Uncontrolled Keywords: Oral Bovril, growth hormone stimulation test
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Internal Medicine
Depositing User: Mrs Noor Azlin Asnam
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 16:41
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2018 11:03
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/48182

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