Diseases & Conditions


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Precocious Puberty


Synonyms of Precocious Puberty
  • Familial Testotoxicosis
  • Gonadotropin-Independent Familial Sexual Precocity
  • Pubertas Praecox

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Central Precocious Puberty
  • Gonadotropin-Dependent Precocious Puberty
  • Gonadotropin-Independent Precocious Puberty
  • Heterosexual Precocious Puberty
  • Idiopathic Precocious Puberty
  • Isosexual Precocious Puberty
  • Male-Limited Precocious Puberty
  • Peripheral Precocious Puberty
  • True Precocious Puberty


General Discussion

Precocious Puberty means an abnormally early onset of puberty. A sequence of events occurs during which a child develops into a young adult beginning at an unexpectedly early age. Glands that secrete growth and sex hormones begin to function abnormally early in life resulting in this condition. Often, the exact cause of Precocious Puberty is not known.

Precocious puberty (PP) is a statistical definition; that is, it is the onset of secondary sexual characteristics in children at an age that is two standard deviations younger than the mean age of pubertal onset. The actual age that defines sexual precocity is therefore dependent on the epidemiological data that one uses to define the average age of pubertal onset.

Organizations related to Precocious Puberty
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Trust (New Zealand)
    PO Box 29-545
    Christchurch None 8005
    Phone #: +64- 3 -3584 507
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: CAHNZ@snap.net.nz
    Home page: N/A
  • MAGIC Foundation for Children's Growth
    6645 W. North Avenue
    Oak Park IL 60302
    Phone #: 708-383-0808
    800 #: 800-362-4423
    e-mail: mary@magicfoundation.org
    Home page: http://www.magicfoundation.org
  • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
    150 Custer Court
    Green Bay WI 54301-1243
    Phone #: 920-336-5333
    800 #: 877-336-5333
    e-mail: mums@netnet.net
    Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
  • March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
    1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
    White Plains NY 10605
    Phone #: 914-428-7100
    800 #: 888-663-4637
    e-mail: Askus@marchofdimes.com
    Home page: http://www.marchofdimes.com
  • NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    31 Center Dr
    Bethesda MD 20892
    Phone #: 301-496-5133
    800 #: --
    e-mail: N/A
    Home page: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/
  • National Adrenal Diseases Foundation
    505 Northern Boulevard
    Great Neck NY 11021
    Phone #: 516-487-4992
    800 #: --
    e-mail: NADFmail@aol.com
    Home page: http://www.medhelp.org/nadf



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