A growth hormone test might be requested by a doctor to help him/ her figure out why a child is small or growing slowly. The test tells us how much growth hormone a person’s body is making. More specifically, this test is used to help diagnose growth hormone deficiency. Growth hormone is needed by the body in order to grow.
There are two medications taken 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.