Leukemia in a patient treated with growth hormone

Aktan M., Tanakol R., Nalcaci M., Dincol G.

ENDOCRINE JOURNAL, vol.47, no.4, pp.471-473, 2000 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Doi Number: 10.1507/endocrj.47.471
  • Title of Journal : ENDOCRINE JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.471-473


It is well known that growth hormone (GH) therapy is associated with increased risk of development of malignant tumors, especially leukemia. In the case presented, growth hormone treatment was initiated in a 25-year-old patient with hypopituitarism. After 4 months of therapy with thrice a week injections of rhGH, acute It was thought that no clearcut evidence existed to establish a relationship between the growth hormone treatment and development of acute leukemia.