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What can cause precocious puberty in boys?

What can cause precocious puberty in boys?

Precocious puberty: Precocious puberty in boys is pubertal development before age 9. The causes are gdpp) early developmental signals from the brain, or gipp) abnormal steroid production such as from tumors. This is way too complex for 400 words, but includes tumors of the testes, adrenals, or brain. Sometimes no cause is identified, but while very common in girls (80%) this is rare in boys. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Precocious Puberty (Definition)

A condition in which development of secondary sex characteristics (breasts, testicular enlargement) occurs before age eight in girls and age nine in boys. Often times, especially in girls, the cause is unknown and not harmful to the child. However, all children with precocious puberty should see a doctor to rule out harmful causes such as cancer. Furthermore, early puberty can stunt growth due to premature closure of the growth plates. Early detection and intervention can prevent ...Read more


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What causes precocious puberty in a boy?

What causes precocious puberty in a boy?

Not sure: Precocious puberty is the development of sexual characteristics before the age of 8. Most causes are idiopathic, in other words, they are not known, there are causes that can be more serious, like tumors and should be evaluated immediately by an endocrinologist. Early treatment is very important and can prevent the progression of the process. This is important and should be addressed asap. ...Read more

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What causes precocious puberty in girls?

Not sure: Puberty is occurring earlier - we think because girls are heavier. True precocious puberty may be due to many factors. If you have a girl child who is growing breasts or having a menstrual period ahead of her peers see a pediatric endocrinologist now. ...Read more

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What are environmental causes of precocious puberty?

What are environmental causes of precocious puberty?

Environmental: No one has proven that there are environmental causes per se. Theories exist regarding soy products which may contain phyto- estrogens. Another common theory is that hormones are placed in meat or milk. All of these are conjecture and really have no basis in fact. One proven association is weight gain and obesity in girls which predisposes them to developing early. ...Read more

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What are the causes of precocious puberty in boys?

Multiple: Testicular tumors, central problems that stimulate the brain to start signals to the testicle such as tumors, head trauma and other rare syndromes. The most common cause is idiopathic meaning no known cause. ...Read more

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What is precocious puberty and what are the causes?

What is precocious puberty and what are the causes?

Precocious puberty: Precocious puberty is pubertal development before age 8 in girls and age 9 in boys. The causes are too many and complex to review here, but are divided into gdpp) early developmental signals from the brain, and gipp) abnormal steroid production, such as from tumors or ingesting hormonal medication. Over 80% of gdpp in girls is idiopathic, meaning no cause is identified. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the causes of precocious puberty?

I was wondering what are the causes of precocious puberty?

Precocious puberty: Precocious puberty is pubertal development before age 8 in girls and age 9 in boys. The causes are too many and complex to review here, but are divided into gdpp) early developmental signals from the brain, and gipp) abnormal steroid production, such as from tumors or ingesting hormonal medication. Over 80% of gdpp in girls is idiopathic, meaning no cause is identified. ...Read more

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Does autism cause early puberty in girls?

Does autism cause early puberty in girls?

No: Not in my experience. I see the same age range of puberty in my autistic girls as I did when I practiced general pediatrics. ...Read more

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Can I go through precocious puberty?

Can I go through precocious puberty?

Not sure: If you are 46 yrs old, you can't have precocious puberty. Precocious puberty is when puberty changes start much earlier than usual- before 8 years old in girls, before 9 years old in boys. This could be a random thing, or related to a hormone imbalance. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Precocious puberty?

What is the definition or description of: Precocious puberty?

Precocious puberty: Early onset of adult sexual characteristics before 8 yrs in girls, before 9 years in boys ...Read more

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What is precocious puberty and how do you know if you have it?

What is precocious puberty and how do you know if you have it?

Early Development: This is when the child hormonal response is too early, however that is defined. Thus in a girl, it would be breast and pubic development before 8- 9. For boys it might be hair and genital development at these ages. ...Read more

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Isn't precocious puberty any sign of puberty earlier than normal?

Isn't precocious puberty any sign of puberty earlier than normal?

Not necessarily: Some signs overlap. The appearance of genital hair and underarm odor is under control of the adrenal glands and may precede true puberty by a couple of years. ...Read more

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What's central precocious puberty?

What's central precocious puberty?

CPP: This is true puberty. When the pituitary gland begins to secrete pubertal levels of lh and fsh which act on testes or ovaries to initiate testicular enlargement in boys or breast development in girls. Cpp can only be diagnosed when girls are < 8 yo and boys < 9 yo. After this age, it is no longer precocious. ...Read more

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What is central precocious puberty?

What is central precocious puberty?

Central puberty: This term refers to the early turning on of the brains signals to the gonads. The area of the brain which signals puberty is called the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. This is distinguished from "peripheral" puberty due to adrenal, testicle, or ovarian disorders. ...Read more

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Any treatment for precocious puberty?

Yes: A child with precocious puberty needs to see a pediatric endocrinologist. Treatment is contingent upon the nature of the precocity. Knowing which gland started it guides which treatment, if one is necessary, to pursue. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for precocious puberty?

Yes: There are two broad classifications for types of precocious puberty, and there are multiple causes within each category. There's not room to even list all possibilities, but 'yes' there are treatments for many causes of precocious puberty. Some do not require treatment. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for precocious puberty in kids?

Yes: Depending on the cause of early puberty, treatment is available. Treatment is normally provided by pediatric endocrinologists. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any treatment for precocious puberty?

Yes: Yes they are, but a proper diagnosis is needed prior to starting them. I would recommend you look for a pediatric endocrinologist or reproductive endocrinologist in your area. ...Read more

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If they attribute precocious puberty to hormones, will that change as I age?

Change: Inactivity, and body fat, seem to correlate, with precocious puberty.
Of course with age it is no longer "pre"cocious. ...Read more

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Should we see an endocrinologist if I think my child is experiencing precocious puberty?

Your Pediatrician: Whether a child is precocious or not is best determined by your pediatrician, who will refer you to a pediatric endocrinologist if he belives that is the case. ...Read more

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If you had precocious puberty as a child, will that affect your reproductive health as an adult?

If you had precocious puberty as a child, will that affect your reproductive health as an adult?

It shouldn't: Depending on the cause, there shouldn't be any impact. Only mccune albright syndrome requiring ovarian surgery in some for cysts might have some effect. ...Read more

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Is precocious puberty a disease?

Yes: Precocious puberty is abnormal: pubertal development before age 8 in girls and age 9 in boys. The causes are too complex to review here, but are divided into gdpp) early developmental signals from the brain, and gipp) abnormal steroid production, such as from tumors or ingesting hormonal medication. Over 80% of gdpp in girls is idiopathic, meaning no cause is identified. ...Read more

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Is precocious puberty a disease in boys?

Is precocious puberty a disease in boys?

Yes: Precocious puberty is a disorder that can affect both boys and girls. ...Read more

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What are the tests for precocious puberty?

What are the tests for precocious puberty?

Different types: Physical exam is most important. Bone age x-ray to determine "biological age". If this looks like true precocious puberty to a pediatric endocrinologist then it's important to determine the cause. A stimulation test will help identify if the pituitary is releasing pubertal hormones because random levels can be misleadingly low. If puberty isn't pituitary generated, tests for other causes needed. ...Read more

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Is precocious puberty considered a disease?

Is precocious puberty considered a disease?

No: It may be a symptom of a disease, but not a disease by itself. The most common cause is idiopathic. Many kids with precocious puberty don't need treatment. Boys more likely than girls to need treatment. However, a proper evaluation is always necessary with either pediatrician or pediatric endocrinologist to make this determination. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of precocious puberty?

What are the symptoms of precocious puberty?

Early development: Precocious puberty is defined by breast development in girls before 8 years old and testicular enlargement (pubertal size) before age 9 in boys. ...Read more

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Are there side effecs of precocious puberty?

Are there side effecs of precocious puberty?

Precocious puberty: Precocious puberty is pubertal development before age 8 in girls. The causes are divided into gdpp) early signals from the brain, and gipp) abnormal steroid levels, such as from tumors or hormonal medication. In over 80% of gdpp in girls no cause is identified. Untreated kids generally have short adult height; obviously tumors can cause other problems as well. ...Read more

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What are some of the effects of precocious puberty?

What are some of the effects of precocious puberty?

Precocious puberty: In boys before age 9 and in girls before 8, the presence of enlarging testes and breast development, respectively is considered early. Pubic hair and body odor come from the adrenal glands and are associated but not hormonally driven by the puberty hormones in the pituitary gland. Causes are numerous and may not need treatment. Final height potential may be shortened by early growth plate fusion. ...Read more

Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Puberty (Definition)

Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more