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Learning and Memory Recoveries in a Young Girl Treated with Growth Hormone and Neurorehabilitation

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Medical Centre Foltra, Travesía de Montouto 24, Teo 15886, Spain
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Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela 15710, Spain
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Academic Editor: Nuri B. Farber
J. Clin. Med. 2016, 5(2), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm5020014
Received: 28 November 2015 / Revised: 16 January 2016 / Accepted: 19 January 2016 / Published: 26 January 2016
Background—To describe the results obtained after treating a non growth hormone-deficient 10-year-old girl who suffered asphyxia during delivery, resulting in important cognitive deficits, with growth hormone (GH) and neurorehabilitation. Methods—GH was administered (mg/day) at doses of 0.5 over three months followed by 0.9, every two weeks over three months, and then alternating 1.2 three days/week and 0.3 two days/week. Neurorehabilitation consisted of daily sessions of neurostimulation, speech therapy, occupational therapy and auditive stimulation. Treatment lasted nine months. Results—Scores obtained in all the areas treated showed that, at discharge, the patient clearly increased her cognitive abilities, memory and language competence index; her intelligence quotient score increased from 51 to 80, and the index of functional independence measure reached a value of 120 over 126 (maximal value). Conclusions—This case suggests that GH administration may play a role in improving cognitive deficits during neurorehabilitation in children with brain damage suffered during delivery. This agrees with the known effects of GH on cognition. View Full-Text
Keywords: growth hormone; neurorehabilitation; brain plasticity; cognitive functions; memory; natal asphyxia growth hormone; neurorehabilitation; brain plasticity; cognitive functions; memory; natal asphyxia
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Devesa, J.; Lema, H.; Zas, E.; Munín, B.; Taboada, P.; Devesa, P. Learning and Memory Recoveries in a Young Girl Treated with Growth Hormone and Neurorehabilitation. J. Clin. Med. 2016, 5, 14.

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