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Investigations in endocrinology

Investigating precocious puberty in girls

Daniel J Tait, Irene A Mitchelhill, Shihab Hameed

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Abstract

Precocious puberty in girls is a relatively common condition in general practice and may be associated with serious underlying pathology. Correctly selecting and interpreting investigations ensures the best long-term clinical and psychosocial outcomes.

Article Extract

General practice is a common site for the first presentation of many important endocrine disorders, including precocious puberty. This relatively common condition in girls may be associated with serious underlying pathology, and has the potential to cause significant psychosocial distress to the child and family. The cases presented in this article help demonstrate how to select and correctly interpret investigations for girls in early puberty, ensuring the best long-term clinical and psychosocial outcomes.

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