Pediatric Endocrinology

Pediatric endocrinology care at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has earned numerous accolades, including in 2018, when U.S. News and World Report once again ranked us among the best in the nation.

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Endocrinology is the study of glands and the hormones they produce that regulate our bodies. Endocrine glands and hormones have a role in many conditions. Endocrine disorders in children are a major focus of clinical care and research at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. We treat both common hormone disorders and complex endocrine conditions.

Some hormones control how our bodies convert food to energy (metabolism); others control how bodies grow and develop. Pediatric endocrinology specialists work with children from birth through young adulthood to monitor and treat endocrine disorders. Endocrine glands are associated with growth problems, delayed or early puberty, calcium and bone disorders, thyroid and adrenal disease, and other issues.

Our physicians are part of interdisciplinary programs to provide endocrine care in congenital adrenal hyperplasia and disorders of sex development, bone disorders, brain tumors, neurofibromatosis, muscular dystrophy, thyroid nodules or thyroid cancer, cancer survivors, and recipients of bone marrow transplantation.

Our Approach

Our specialized programs include:

The Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia and Disorders of Sex Development, where expert healthcare professionals from multiple disciplines offer state-of-the-art patient-oriented care and cutting-edge research in personalized therapy and monitoring in children with these rare disorders.

The Comprehensive Pediatric Bone Health Program provides patient- and family-focused care and offers access to the latest research studies focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of bone diseases in children.

The thyroid program offers specialty care for patients with thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer.

The neurooncology program provides children and families with neurofibromatosis, pituitary and brain tumors comprehensive medical care involving a multi-disciplinary team including neurooncology, endocrinology, neurosurgery, neuropathology and neuroradiology that work together to identify the best treatment and monitoring plan for each child.

The growth program offers comprehensive care for children with rare growth disorders including Russell-Silver, Noonan, cardiofaciocutaneous, Prader Willi and Turner syndromes. Children with growth disorders have access to clinical trials involving the latest growth therapies.

We are the leading site for the Lysosomal Disease Network, an international network of clinicians involved in clinical care and research involving rare disorders including the mucopolysaccharidoses. People with these rare disorders have access to specialists in many subspecialties familiar with the nuances of their conditions.

Our long-term cancer follow-up clinic cares for children and young adults after they have survived cancer and its treatment, including bone marrow transplantation. Endocrine disorders are the most common long-term complication of cancer and its treatment. Our endocrinologists are an integral part of this team.

At University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, patients have access to leading-edge research studies and investigational therapies for diabetes, growth problems, delayed or early puberty, disorders of sex development, calcium and bone disorders, thyroid and adrenal disease, and other endocrine problems. Our clinical investigators are closely involved in research relating to special populations with endocrine disorders such as international adoptees, children who have had cancer treatment, including bone marrow transplantation, children who have pancreatitis and have their pancreatic islets (insulin producing cells) transplanted, children with Fanconi anemia, fetal alcohol syndrome, thyroid nodules, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and disorders of sex development, storage diseases (such as mucopolysaccharisosis and adrenoleokodystrophy) or cystic fibrosis.

Pediatric endocrinology care at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has earned numerous accolades over the years, including regular recognition as one of the top programs in the country from U.S. News & World Report. In 2018, U.S. News and World Report once again ranked us among the best in the nation.

Conditions We Treat

Endocrine glands and hormones have a role in many conditions. Some hormones control how our bodies convert food to energy (metabolism), and how bodies grow and develop. Endocrinology specialists work with children from birth through young adulthood to monitor and treat a range of endocrine-related conditions, many of which are listed here.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Airway Clearance Therapies

Airway clearance therapies help people manage the symptoms of cystic fibrosis and other lung conditions. Airway clearance therapies can take a variety of forms, but all are easy to perform and involve coughing or huffing ─ taking a breath and holding it, then actively exhaling.
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Infant Pulmonary Function Testing

If your child has been diagnosed with a lung condition such as cystic fibrosis (CF) and is under the age of two years, infant pulmonary function testing will be recommended. This study measures the size of your child’s lungs and determines how easily he or she is breathing.
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Sweat Testing

People with cystic fibrosis (CF) have more salt (sodium and chloride) in their sweat than other people. Measuring the amount of salt in a person’s sweat is the preferred way to diagnose CF. Sweat testing is painless, fast and reliable.
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Nutrition Therapy

Cystic fibrosis (CF) can affect the pancreas which produces enzymes and fluids to help you digest food. This can cause a number of digestive problems from poor absorption of food and nutrients to gas and constipation and blockage in the digestive tract.
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Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy

At University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, we perform the two main types of stem cell transplant: Autologous transplant – uses the body’s own stem cells and Allogeneic transplant – uses well-matched stem cells from another person.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Hormone Therapy
  • Endocrine Diagnostic Testing
  • Kidney Paired Exchange
  • Growth Hormone
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