Refining the evaluation of growth and the growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor-I axis in children

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dc.contributor.advisor Murray, Deirdre M. en
dc.contributor.author Hawkes, Colin Patrick
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-23T11:28:39Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-23T11:28:39Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.date.submitted 2018
dc.identifier.citation Hawkes, C. P. 2018. Refining the evaluation of growth and the growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor-I axis in children. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 289 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7034
dc.description.abstract Introduction: The growth hormone (GH)/Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF) axis is a key mediator of childhood growth. Current diagnostic tests have poor specificity for disorders affecting this system, namely the growth hormone stimulation test (GHST) and IGF-I measurement. Aim: To improve the diagnostic evaluation of children with poor growth and possible GH deficiency (GHD) through 1) modifying the GHST and diagnostic fasting study; 2) utilising liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LCMS) to measure IGF concentrations; 3) exploring genetic causes of poor growth; and 4) studying the association between body composition and infant growth. Methods: These include: additional GH measurements during the GHST and fasting study; IGF-I and –II measurement by LCMS in a well-characterised cohort; focused whole exome testing for rare clinical phenotypes; and body composition analysis using air displacement plethysmography. Results: Serial additional GH measurement after intravenous catheter placement will improve the specificity of the GHST. Similarly, serial GH measurement after a diagnostic fasting study will improve specificity for GHD. In normal infants, adiposity doubles in the first two months. Using LCMS, I have described reference data for IGF-I and –II at birth and demonstrated a relationship between these measurements and this rapid early accumulation of body fat. In our genetic studies, we have also identified a novel IGF1R mutation in a child with a phenotype consistent with IGF-I resistance. Conclusions: Diagnosing disorders of the GH/IGF-I axis remain a significant clinical challenge. I have expanded the clinical approach to evaluating the child with short stature through refining the GHST, diagnostic fasting study and body composition evaluation; describing reference data for body composition and IGFs in infancy; and exploring novel genetic causes of disordered growth. Future work will focus on studying other clinical tools in evaluating the child with short stature and predicting the clinical response to GH treatment. en
dc.description.sponsorship Clinical Research Fellowship en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2018, Colin Patrick Hawkes. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Growth en
dc.subject Growth hormone en
dc.subject Insulin-like growth factor-I en
dc.subject Body composition en
dc.subject Paediatric en
dc.subject Hypoglycaemia en
dc.title Refining the evaluation of growth and the growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor-I axis in children en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder The National Children's Research Centre en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Medicine en
dc.internal.school Paediatrics and Child Health en
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ucc.workflow.supervisor d.murray@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Summer 2018 en


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