Pediatric Puberty Disorders

The Leo Fung Center for Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) and Disorders of Sex Development (DSD), located at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, provide parents and children with the help they need to navigate these complex and unique conditions.
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Puberty, when children develop into men and women both physically and emotionally, usually begins around the age of 10 for girls and 9 for boys. When this happens much earlier, it is called precocious puberty. When it happens much later, it is called delayed puberty.

In many cases, there is no medical reason for these conditions, but sometimes there is an underlying cause that requires proper diagnosis and treatment. It could be that something triggers the area of the brain that regulates the pituitary gland, which releases hormones to stimulate the ovaries, or testicles to produce sex hormones. This could be a brain tumor, a head trauma, or an infection, such as meningitis. Puberty disorders can also be caused by problems in the ovaries or thyroid glands. We understand the significant impact these disorders can have on a child’s social development and family well-being.

Our Approach

M Health Fairview physicians can provide your child with comprehensive, coordinated care from a variety of medical specialties.

The Leo Fung Center for Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) and Disorders of Sex Development (DSD), located right here at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, provides parents and children with the help they need to navigate these complex and unique conditions. Opened in 2005, the center is the first clinic in the United States where providers from many specialties work together in a single clinic location to care for patients with these disorders.

Many of our researchers are actively involved in clinical studies to improve the health of children with endocrine disorders. Ask your physician about your child’s participation in a clinical trial.

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