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Growth Hormone Test (Arginine / Clonidine Stimulation Test)

A provider may want to perform a growth hormone test to figure out why a child is small or growing slowly. The test tells how much growth hormone a person’s body is making.

This test is used to help diagnose growth hormone deficiency. Growth hormone is needed by the body in order to grow.

There are two medicines given during this test, arginine and clonidine. Both of these medicines cause the body to release growth hormone.

During the test, nurses will draw blood samples at special times to see how much growth hormone the body is making. 

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Before the Test

During the Test

After the Test


Last Updated: 08/2013