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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 172-179

Contemporary issues in precocious puberty


1 Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, Regency Hospital Limited, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Pediatrics, Jaber Al-Ahmed Armed Forces Hospital, Kuwait

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Anurag Bajpai
Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, Regency Hospital Limited, A2 Sarvodaya Nagar, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.84855

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Precocious puberty poses significant diagnostic and therapeutic challenge to the physician. Recent advances in the understanding of pathophysiology of precocious puberty have resulted in improved management. Timely intervention is mandatory to achieve successful outcome. The identification of critical role of KISS-1-kisspeptin-GPR54 system has gone a long way to provide an insight into pubertal physiology. It is likely that the system would become an important diagnostic and therapeutic target in children with precocious puberty. Epidemiological studies point toward earlier thelarche. This is, however, associated with slower progression as the age of menarche is static. These changes have led to suggestions of lowering the age cutoffs for precocious puberty in girls. New developments in assessment of precocious puberty including gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist test have made characterization of precocious puberty easier. Longstanding GnRH analogs have become the mainstay of treatment of gonadotropin-dependent precocious puberty, while aromatase inhibitors and inhibitors of sex hormone action are increasingly being used in gonadotropin-independent precocious puberty.


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