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What is central precocious puberty?

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Central precocious puberty (CPP) is a rare condition. It happens when the body matures sooner, even years earlier, than expected. Puberty usually starts around age 7 1/2 in girls and around age 9 in boys. For some children, such as those who are African-American or Hispanic, normal puberty may happen as early as age 6 in girls and age 8 in boys. But with CPP, signs of puberty, such as budding breasts and body hair, show up much sooner than parents might expect. It's more common for girls.

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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