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Laron Syndrome

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • GHBP
  • GHR
  • Growth Hormone Binding Protein Deficiency or Dysfunction
  • Growth Hormone Receptor Deficiency or Dysfunction
  • Laron Type Pituitary Dwarfism I
  • LTD1
  • Pituitary Dwarfism II
  • Laron Dwarfism

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Laron syndrome type I (LTD1) a rare genetic disorder, is caused by the body's inability to use the growth hormone (GH) that it produces. The problem lies not in the production of growth hormone but rather in a defective GH-receptor gene. This defect prevents the proper binding of the GH molecule, leaving high levels of unbound growth hormone in the plasma.

Laron syndrome is characterized by short stature and delayed bone age, as well as high levels of circulating growth hormone.

A second form of the disorder known as Laron syndrome type II (LTD2) shows typical clinical features of the Laron syndrome but is due to a defect in the biochemical processing of growth hormone after the hormone has been bound on the cell surface.

Resources

Human Growth Foundation
997 Glen Cove Avenue
Suite 5
Glen Head, NY 11545
Tel: (516)671-4041
Fax: (516)671-4055
Tel: (800)451-6434
Email: hgf1@hgfound.org
Internet: http://www.hgfound.org/

MAGIC Foundation
6645 W. North Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Tel: (708)383-0808
Fax: (708)383-0899
Tel: (800)362-4423
Email: mary@magicfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.magicfoundation.org

Little People of America, Inc.
250 El Camino Real
Suite 201
Tustin, CA 92780
Tel: (714)368-3689
Fax: (714)368-3367
Tel: (888)572-2001
Email: info@lpaonline.org

Coalition for Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202)362-9599
Fax: (202)966-8553
Tel: (800)778-7171
Email: chdct@pxe.org
Internet: http://www.chdct.org

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/EmailForm.aspx
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD

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This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

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Last Updated:  5/18/2008
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