Use of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor 1 for treatment of tissue wasting in catabolic conditions

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Abstract

Trauma, surgery, burn injury, sepsis, prolonged bed rest, cancer, and AIDS are examples of catabolic states that can lead to a significant loss of lean body tissues and skeletal muscle. The physiologic stresses associated with these catabolic conditions can impair immune function, alter drug response, and delay the recovery process. Although enhanced nutritional supplementation is a mainstay for treating tissue wasting in these conditions, it is of limited effectiveness in reversing skeletal muscle protein loss or enhancing anabolism in lean body tissues. The use of anabolic hormones such as growth hormone (GH) or Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) to limit lean body wasting and preserve muscle mass in these conditions has been widely investigated. This article was designed to give pharmacists and patient care professionals an overview of recent literature involving anabolic hormone treatment of tissue wasting. The use of these agents in the clinical setting may undergo significant expansion in the near future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-168
Number of pages6
JournalHospital Pharmacy
Volume36
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anabolic hormones
  • Cachexia
  • Catabolic illness
  • Growth hormone
  • Insulin-like growth factor 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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