Conditions we treat

Want to know more about the conditions we treat at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)? Just search below:


Septicaemia is another term used to describe blood poisoning. It is an infection caused by large amounts of bacteria entering the bloodstream. It is a potentially life-threatening infection that affects thousands of patients every year.


Haemophilia affects the body’s ability to control blood clotting, which is what is used to stop bleeding. It’s an inherited bleeding disorder, so if someone has haemophilia it’s likely one of their relatives will have it as well.

Kidney failure

Acute kidney failure (renal failure) or acute kidney injury is when your kidneys suddenly stop working properly. This means that they are unable to remove salt, water and waste products from the bloodstream.

Growth hormone deficiency

Growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland located deep inside the brain. Instructions for producing growth hormone come from other parts of the body, for instance, the hypothalamus. If there is a problem with the hypothalamus, the pituitary or the connection between the two, the release of growth hormone will be affected, leading to growth hormone deficiency.


Ichthyosis is a term used for a group of conditions that affect the skin, making it rough and scaly. The name comes from the Greek for ‘fish’ as sometimes the skin may look a little bit like fish scales. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains the skin condition ichthyosis – what causes it, its symptoms and treatment and where to get help.