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What is precocious puberty?

Early puberty: It is defined by girls who start developing secondary sexual characteristics before age 8 years-old and in boys before age 9 years-old. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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 is precocious puberty?

What is 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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Is precocious puberty a disease?

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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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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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 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 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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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

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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 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 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

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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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How long would people with precocious puberty live?

Usually normally: It depends on the cause of the premature puberty. ...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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I was wondering what are the effects of precocious puberty?

I was wondering what are the effects of precocious puberty?

Precocious puberty: Precocious puberty is pubertal development before age 8 in girls and age 9 in boys. The causes and outcomes are too complex to review here, but are divided into gdpp) early signals from the brain, and gipp) abnormal steroid production, 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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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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Which would be the consequences of untreated precocious puberty once they are a grown adult?

It depends: Is this precocious puberty in a boy or girl? Age of diagnosis? Untreated precocious puberty in a 4 yo girl is much more likely to be a problem than for a 7 year-old. The younger the child, the more likely a reason to get a brain MRI looking for something pushing on the pituitary, particularly in a boy. Final height might be compromised; most very young girls not ready for periods, etc. ...Read more

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

No: No is the short answer. There was a one particular study that came put in the 1990s looking into women who had first menses at a ver young age ~6-7yrs and they found out that 2 decades later they went on to have normal fertility and conception. The long term data on use of Lupron (leuprolide) (commonly used in girls with early puberty) is also reassuring. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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

Depends: It depends on how precocious and whether there is an endocrine cause that requires medical attention. You need to see a physician. ...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 is precocious puberty and what are the symptoms in girls?

What is precocious puberty and what are the symptoms in girls?

Early puberty: It usually starts before age8y of age. If it early breast development the child will be monitored for other signs of puberty. The reason to follow closely is so height is not prematurely affected, thus the child would be shorter than predicted. ...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

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. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Very Early Puberty (Definition)

Initial phase of puberty and/or precocious puberty -puberty occurring earlier than normal before age 10 in girls and ...Read more