Precocious Puberty

Precocious Puberty

Last Reviewed : 12/24/2020
Precocious Puberty

In medicine, precocious puberty is puberty occurring at an unusually early age. In most cases, the process is normal in every aspect except the unusually early age, and simply represents a variation of normal development. In a minority of children, the early development is triggered by a disease such as a tumor or injury of the brain. Even when there is no disease, unusually early puberty can have adverse effects on social behavior and psychological development, can reduce adult height potential, and may shift some lifelong health risks. Central precocious puberty can be treated by suppressing the pituitary hormones that induce sex steroid production.

The term is used with several slightly different meanings that are usually apparent from the context. In its broadest sense, and often simplified as early puberty, "precocious puberty" sometimes refers to any physical sex hormone effect, due to any cause, occurring earlier than the usual age, especially when it is being considered as a medical problem. Stricter definitions of "precocity" may refer only to central puberty starting before a statistically specified age based on percentile in the population (e.g., 2.5 standard deviations below the population mean), on expert recommendations of ages at which there is more than a negligible chance of discovering an abnormal cause, or based on opinion as to the age at which early puberty may have adverse effects. A common definition for medical purposes is onset before 8 years in girls or 9 years in boys.

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Basic information: mayoclinic precocious puberty nhs uk early or delayed puberty merck manuals(professional version) precocious puberty medline plus precocious puberty web md early puberty: causes and consequences kids health precocious puberty new york times puberty before age 10: a new ‘normal’? everyday health a parent's guide to precocious puberty health central precocious puberty university of maryland medical center precocious puberty


Advanced information: medscape precocious puberty national organisation for rare diseases precocious puberty patient precocious puberty pathology precocious sexual development in girls britannica precocious puberty family practise note book precocious puberty healio early pubertal changes do not necessarily mean precocious puberty disorders of puberty by richard d. blondell, m.d., michael b. foster, m.d., and kamlesh c. dave, m.b.b.s., university of louisville school of medicine, louisville, kentucky am fam physician. 1999 jul 1;60(1):209-218.


Research: case report article front. pediatr., 02 november 2015 | true precocious puberty following treatment of a leydig cell tumor: two case reports and literature review by alberto verrotti et al., irappa madabhavi, apurva patel, mukesh choudhary, et al., “paraneoplastic recurrent hypoglycaemic seizures: an initial presentation of hepatoblastoma in an adolescent male—a rare entity,” case reports in pediatrics, vol. 2014, article id 104543, 5 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/104543 the genes associated with gonadotropin-releasing hormone-dependent precocious puberty by jin soon hwang, md, phd et al., korean j pediatr 2012;55(1):6-10 • review article front. endocrinol., 28 november 2012 | gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone action in the brain and pituitary by takayoshi ubuka et al,

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kumar m, mukhopadhyay s, dutta d. challenges and controversies in diagnosis and management of gonadotropin dependent precocious puberty: an indian perspective. indian j endocr metab [serial online] 2015 [cited 2016 aug 12];19:228-35. available from:

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