Influence of metabolic control on growth in homocystinuria due to cystathionine B-synthase deficiency

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Topaloglu A. , Sansaricq C., Snyderman S.

PEDIATRIC RESEARCH, cilt.49, ss.796-798, 2001 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier


The etiology of the tall stature almost invariably seen in homocystinuric patients is not known. The effect of metabolic control and the role of the GH-IGF system on growth were investigated in IO patients with homocystinuria. There was a direct correlation between the plasma free homocyst(e)ine and growth velocity SD scores in 18 patient years (r, 0.46; p < 0.05). Plasma 2-y cumulative free homocyst(e)ine and height SD scores were directly correlated (r, 0.82; p < 0.01). Growth velocity SD scores were Lower in patients with optimal metabolic control than in those with poorer control (-0.10 +/- 0.65 versus 0.95 +/- 0.68, p < 0.01). Height SD scores were also lower in the optimally controlled group (-0.01 +/- 0.81 versus 1.73 +/- 0.88, p < 0.05). GH and GH-related peptides did not deviate significantly from the reference ranges. These findings suggest that overgrowth is directly mediated by homocysteine, that the GH-IGF axis is not involved, and that it may be prevented by optimal metabolic control.