Reappraisal of bovril as a source of arginine in the arginine stimulation test for growth hormone deficiency

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The purpose of this case study is to report the use of oral Bovril (a food supplement which contains arginine) as an alternative test for growth hormone stimulation test. We performed oral Bovril test in 3 patients -- one with suspected growth hormone deficiency in whom insulin tolerance test could not be performed (subject A), one sex-matched control (subject B), and one with confirmed growth hormone deficiency (subject C). 14g/m<sup>2</sup> of oral Bovril was mixed with 150ml of warm water and was given to all three subjects. Blood for growth hormone was taken at baseline, and every 30 minutes till 150 minutes after ingestion of oral Bovril. The ingestion of oral Bovril showed a positive response in subjects A and B, with highest growth hormone levels of 28.4mIU/L and 42.0mIU/L respectively at 150 minutes. Subject C had suppressed growth hormone throughout the test. Oral Bovril is readily available and is a safe alternative for standard growth hormone stimulation test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-209
Number of pages2
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume70
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2015

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Keywords

  • Arginine
  • Growth hormone deficiency
  • Growth hormone stimulation test
  • Oral bovril

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Reappraisal of bovril as a source of arginine in the arginine stimulation test for growth hormone deficiency. / Huai Heng, Loh; Sukor, Norlela; Kamaruddin, Nor Azmi.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 70, No. 3, 04.08.2015, p. 208-209.

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