COPEDS provides consultations for children who have a wide-range of growth problems from short stature, growth failure, failure-to-thrive (FTT), small-for-gestational age (SGA), and tall stature. If warranted, growth hormone stimulation tests and other endocrine stimulation tests (see Infusions & Diagnostics) are conducted or a period of observation starts if such testing is not needed. All outpatient testing for hormone deficiencies is attended by a COPEDS provider. Children found to be deficient in growth hormone (GH) are counseled on the various treatment or non-treatment options. For families who elect GH treatment, COPEDS staff work with insurance carriers to initiate and maintain therapy, and patients are closely monitored throughout GH treatment.
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