When Puberty Shows Up Too Soon (or Too Late): A Guide for Pediatricians

In this talk, pediatric endocrinologist Jennifer Olson, MD, describes how the hormonal processes that lead to sexual maturity are currently understood; provides usable definitions of precocious puberty as well as delayed puberty; and lays out evaluation processes, including how to answer the key question of whether a patient with premature changes is experiencing true early puberty or simply adrenarche. She explains who should get a workup, offers tips to optimize testing accuracy and meaningful results, and clarifies when referral to a specialist is warranted.

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UCSF Pediatrics

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Jennifer Olson, MD, FAAP

Jennifer Olson, MD, FAAP

Pediatric endocrinologist

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