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Effect of Growth Hormone on Bone Metabolism in Anorexia Nervosa

This study has been completed.
Genentech, Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Anne Klibanski, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: January 27, 2006
Last updated: September 15, 2012
Last verified: September 2012

Decreased bone strength is a serious medical problem present in many women with Anorexia Nervosa, or disordered eating. Women with weaker bones are more likely to suffer broken bones than women with normal bone strength.

We are investigating whether a hormone that is naturally produced by the human body, called growth hormone, can help strengthen the bones of women with this type of disordered eating.

Condition Intervention Phase
Anorexia Nervosa Osteopenia Osteoporosis Eating Disorders Drug: Recombinant Human Growth Hormone Drug: Placebo for Recombinant Human Growth Hormone Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of Supraphysiological rhGH on Bone Metabolism in Patients With Anorexia Nervosa

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Further study details as provided by Anne Klibanski, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Bone Metabolism [ Time Frame: Baseline, 12 weeks ]
    Change in the marker of bone formation, N-terminal pro peptide of type 1 procollagen (P1NP) levels, between baseline and 12 weeks

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • IGF-1 Level [ Time Frame: Baseline, 12 Weeks ]
    Change in IGF-1 level between baseline and 12 weeks

Enrollment: 21
Study Start Date: January 2006
Study Completion Date: February 2009
Primary Completion Date: February 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Treatment with rHGH
Drug: Recombinant Human Growth Hormone
Dosage increased in steps for first four weeks. Self injection qd x 12 weeks
Other Name: Nutropin AQ
Placebo Comparator: 2
Treatment with Placebo
Drug: Placebo for Recombinant Human Growth Hormone
Administered as Arm 1, rHGH active Injection qd x 12 weeks Dosage increase over four weeks
Other Name: Placebo for Nutropin AQ

Detailed Description:
  • Twelve week study
  • Eight visits, six of which can be conducted at your home physician's office
  • Two bone density scans
  • Hormonal and nutritional evaluations

Ages Eligible for Study:   14 Years to 45 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • women between 14 to 45 years with anorexia nervosa

Exclusion Criteria:

  • pregnancy
  • previous history of malignancy.
  • oral contraceptive pills or other hormones within last 8 - 12 weeks
  • medications known to affect bone within last 12 weeks
  • fracture within last 6 months
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00283595

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusettes General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Genentech, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Anne Klibanski, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Anne Klibanski, MD, Principal Investigator, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00283595     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2005-P-001443/3; MGH
Study First Received: January 27, 2006
Results First Received: August 16, 2012
Last Updated: September 15, 2012

Keywords provided by Anne Klibanski, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital:
Anorexia Nervosa
Eating disorder
Growth hormone

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Feeding and Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa
Bone Diseases, Metabolic
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Mental Disorders
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
Signs and Symptoms
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
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