Healthy Children Who Aren't Growing, May Not Make Enough Human Growth Hormone.
Eleven-year-old Spencer Damon is passionate about baseball.
"My goal is to play college baseball."
There was only one problem Spencer was the shortest player on his team.
"I want to be as tall as these kids."
Gradually Spencer's parents suspected something was wrong.
"It really set in one year coming out of winter into spring when he got out his cleats for spring baseball and he put them on they fit, and they never should have fit those were from the spring prior."
Spencer's parents set up an appointment with Dr. Burt Bacharach, the chief of pediatric endocrinology at University of Missouri healthcare.After careful testing, Dr. Bacharach determined a growth hormone deficiency was causing Spencer's growth failure.
"Growth hormone just doesn't affect your growth...it affects your muscle mass and fat distribution so that affects your cholesterol that affects your overall.It also affects your overall sense of well-being."
Growth hormone insufficiency is a disorder involving the pituitary gland which is a small pea-sized gland located at the base of the brain.It is this gland that produces human growth hormone among others.
Since Spencer started getting a daily hormone injection two years ago, he has grown about 15 centimeters.Still he has a reminder written in each of his baseball caps. It says HDMH which means height doesn't measure heart. And heart is something Spencer has plenty of.
Carol Pearson VOA news.
Spencer的父母和密苏里大学医疗中心的儿科内分泌学主任Burt Bacharach约好见面。经过仔细的测试，Burt Bacharach医生确定是生长激素缺乏导致了Spencer的发育缓慢。
passionate 英 [pæʃ(ə)nət]
ADJ A passionate person has very strong feelings about something or a strong belief in something.狂热的; 热诚的
ADJ A passionate person has strong romantic or sexual feelings and expresses them in their behaviour. 非常浪漫的; 性欲强的
gradually 英 ['grædjʊəlɪ] 美 ['grædʒʊəli]
ADV If something changes or is done gradually, it changes or is done in small stages over a long period of time, rather than suddenly. 逐渐地
prior 英 ['praɪə] 美 ['praɪɚ]
ADJ You use prior to indicate that something has already happened, or must happen, before another event takes place. 事先的
ADJ A prior claim or duty is more important than other claims or duties and needs to be dealt with first. 优先的
deficiency 英 [dɪ'fɪʃ(ə)nsɪ] 美 [dɪ'fɪʃənsi]
N-VAR Deficiencyin something, especially something that your body needs, is not having enough of it. 缺乏; 不足
N-VAR A deficiency that someone or something has is a weakness or imperfection in them. 缺点; 缺陷
insufficiency 英 [ɪnsə'fɪʃ(ə)nsɪ] 美 美 [,ɪnsə'fɪʃənsi]
injection 英 [ɪn'dʒekʃ(ə)n] 美 [ɪn'dʒɛkʃən]
N-COUNT If you have an injection, a doctor or nurse puts a medicine into your body using a device with a needle called a syringe. 注射
N-COUNT An injection of money or resources into an organization is the act of providing it with more money or resources, to help it become more efficient or profitable. (资金或资源的) 注入