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Growth hormone deficiency in Sturge–Weber syndrome
  1. R S Miller1,
  2. K L Ball3,
  3. A M Comi2,
  4. E L Germain-Lee1
  1. 1Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
  2. 2Neurology and Developmental Medicine, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD, USA
  3. 3The Sturge-Weber Foundation, Mt Freedom, NJ, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr E L Germain-Lee
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 600 N. Wolfe St, Park 211, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA; egermain{at}


Sturge–Weber syndrome (SWS) is a disorder involving central nervous system abnormalities that may increase the risk of hypothalamic–pituitary dysfunction. Records of 19 patients with suspected growth hormone deficiency (GHD), identified from a registry of 1653 patients with SWS, were reviewed; nine patients with GHD were found.

  • Sturge-Weber syndrome
  • growth hormone deficiency
  • short stature
  • growth failure
  • hypothalamic-pituitary axis

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  • Funding: this work was supported by research grants from the Sturge-Weber Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (T32 DK007751)

  • Competing interests: none

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