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How do I know if my child has central precocious puberty?

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If the symptoms aren't severe, it can be hard to tell if it's CPP. Your doctor may want your child to see a doctor who focuses on children's hormones and growth, called a pediatric endocrinologist. They'll look for signs of puberty, but they may also check:

  • Hormone levels. Blood tests check these.
  • Bone age.  X-rays may help tell if your child's bones are maturing too early.
  • MRI or CT scans can rule out a tumor. These tests scan and make pictures of the inside of the body and brain.

SOURCES:

Berberoglu, M. Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology, June 2009.

Boston Children's Hospital: "Precocious (Early) Puberty."

KidsHealth: "Precocious Puberty."

UpToDate: "Treatment of precocious puberty."

Hindmarsh, P. "Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormones Analogues Usage in the Management of Precocious Puberty," University College London Hospitals, June 2003.

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on October 19, 2020

SOURCES:

Berberoglu, M. Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology, June 2009.

Boston Children's Hospital: "Precocious (Early) Puberty."

KidsHealth: "Precocious Puberty."

UpToDate: "Treatment of precocious puberty."

Hindmarsh, P. "Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormones Analogues Usage in the Management of Precocious Puberty," University College London Hospitals, June 2003.

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on October 19, 2020

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