Is human growth hormone effective for treating burns and skin graft donor sites?

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Abstract

EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWER

Yes, recombinant human growth hormone (rHGH) decreases healing time of burn and skin graft donor sites by up to 9 days, shortens hospital stays by 12 days, and does not affect the rate of septicemia or mortality compared with placebo treatments. rHGH increases the risk for hyperglycemia compared with nontreatment (SOR: B, meta-analysis of small RCTs).

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