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Bloom’s syndrome with growth hormone deficiency: a rare association
  1. Madhavi Verpula,
  2. Vijay Sheker Reddy Danda,
  3. Srinivas Rao Paidipally and
  4. Chaitanya Konda
  1. Endocrinology, Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Secunderabad, Telangana, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Madhavi Verpula; madhaviverpula{at}


We report a case of a 5-year-old boy presenting to us with short stature. He was born of consanguineous parentage and was small for gestational age. He had severe short stature, with height Z score of −6.2 SD Score, markedly delayed skeletal age, low level of insulin-like growth factor 1, unstimulated growth hormone and hypoplastic anterior pituitary gland on MRI. He was advised growth hormone (GH) replacement at 2 years of age, but he did not receive it . Later on, he developed photosensitive telangiectatic lesions over face and required multiple hospital admissions for recurrent systemic infections. Genetic analysis confirmed the diagnosis of Bloom’s syndrome. The present case report illustrates the need for high vigilance for conditions like Bloom’s syndrome in growth hormone deficiency (GHD), in whom GH treatment could potentially be harmful. Bloom’s syndrome with GHD is an exceedingly rare association.

  • pituitary disorders
  • failure to thrive
  • congenital disorders
  • paediatric oncology

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  • Contributors MV—initial conception of design, initial draft and revision draft. VSRD—final draft and conclusions. SRP—analysis and interpretation of data. CK—data and image acquisition.

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