Precocious puberty: Precocious puberty: Causes and Consequences Abeer
Precocious puberty: Precocious puberty: Causes and Consequences Abeer Hegazi, Peds Resident R1 Objectives, 1) Approach to Precocious puberty
2) Causes of Precocious puberty 3) Evaluation of patients with Precocious puberty 4) Consequences of Precocious puberty CanMEDs rules, Medical Expert, Communicator and health advocate Precocious puberty is the onset of pubertal development at an earlier age than expected based upon established normal standards.
Precocious puberty is usually defined as the onset of secondary sexual development before the age of eight years in girls and nine years in boys. These limits are chosen to be 2.5 to 3 SD below the mean age of onset of puberty. Case Report A 5-yr-old black male presented at the Hospital das Clinicas, University of St.
Paula, Brazil, with a history of pubertal signs since the age of 1 yr and 8 months. No family Hx; child was adopted On Physical ex; He was Tanner stage III for pubic hair and had a stretched penile length of 11.4 cm. His right testicle measured 3.6 X 2.5 cm and his left testicle, 3.4 X 1.8 cm. He had facial acne. His bone age was 13 yr Computed tomography imaging revealed normal adrenal glands Endocrine testing revealed increased serum levels of testosterone with prepubertal levels of LH and FSH both at baseline and after LHRH-stimulation
Child who presents with early sexual development; What to be considered? Is the child too young to have reached the pubertal milestone in question? What is causing the early sexual development? Is therapy indicated, and, if so, what therapy?
In 1969 and 1970, Marshall and Tanner defined the standards of normal pubertal development in children and adolescents, known as Tanner stages. These studies reported that the first sign of puberty in English girls was breast development at an average age of 11 years (thelarche), followed by pubic hair growth (pubarche) and menarche. In English boys, the first sign was testicular enlargement at an average age of 11.5 years followed by penile growth and pubic hair growth
Classification 1) Gonadotropin-dependent precocious puberty (GDPP, also known as central precocious puberty or true precocious puberty) It is caused by early maturation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis; Central precocious puberty In these patients, the sexual characteristics are appropriate for the child's gender (isosexual) These children have accelerated linear growth for age, advanced bone age, and pubertal levels of FSH and LH and of estradiol in girls and testosterone
in boys GDPP is idiopathic in more than 80 percent of cases, and almost all idiopathic cases occur in girls Some cases are caused by lesions of CNS. This association mandates that a contrast-enhanced MRI be performed even in the absence of any neurologic abnormalities Hamartomas Astrocytoma , Ependymoma, Pinealomas, and Optic and Hypothalamic gliomas
Hydrocephalus, cysts, trauma, CNS inflammatory disease, and congenital mid-line defects e.g. optic nerve hypoplasia CNS irradiation; GH Genetics Gain-of-function mutations in the Kisspeptin 1 gene (KISS1) and its G protein-coupled receptor KISS1R Loss-of-function mutations in MKRN3, an imprinted gene in the Prader-Willi syndrome critical region.
Primary hypothyroidism Historically; referred to as the "overlap" or Van Wyk-Grumbach syndrome Previous excess sex steroid exposure Poorly controlled CAH and McCune Albright Syndrome 2) Gonadotropin-independent precocious puberty (GIPP, also known as peripheral precocious puberty or pseudo-precocious puberty) Also known as peripheral precocious puberty or pseudo-precocious puberty
It is caused by excess secretion of sex hormones (estrogens or androgens) derived either from the gonads or adrenal glands, exogenous sources of sex steroids, or ectopic production of gonadotropin from a germ cell tumor (e.g. human chorionic gonadotropin, hCG) This form of puberty may be appropriate for the childs gender (isosexual) or inappropriate, with virilization of girls and feminization of boys (contrasexual). FSH and LH levels are suppressed (in the prepubertal range) and do not increase with GnRH stimulation. Ovarian cysts
Ovarian tumors Leydig cell tumors Germ-cell tumors secrete hCG, These tumors occur in the gonads, brain (usually in the pineal region), liver, retroperitoneum, and posterior mediastinum, reflecting sites of embryonic germ cells. Dysgerminoma / Choriocarcinoma. Klinefelter?
Familial male-limited precocious puberty Also known as familial GIPP or testotoxicosis: is caused by an activating mutation in the LH receptor gene, which results in premature Leydig cell maturation and testosterone secretion Although inherited as an autosomal dominant disorder, girls are not affected clinically because activation of both the FSH and LH receptors is required for estrogen biosynthesis, so the disorder is considered "male-limited" . Affected boys present at one to four years of age.
Adrenal pathology Androgen-secreting tumors Enzymatic defects in adrenal steroid biosynthesis (CAH) Pituitary gonadotropin-secreting tumors McCune-Albright syndrome The triad of peripheral precocious puberty, caf-au-lait skin pigmentation and fibrous dysplasia of bone
More common in girls than in boys. Girls presenting with premature vaginal bleeding, the ovarian enlargement has often been mistaken for an ovarian tumor Vaginal bleeding often precedes significant breast development Somatic (postzygotic) mutation of the alpha subunit of the G3 protein that activities adenylate cyclase This mutation leads to continued stimulation of endocrine function (eg, precocious puberty, thyrotoxicosis, gigantism or acromegaly, Cushing syndrome)
Affected girls tend to overproduce estrogens, whereas affected boys overproduce androgens. 3) Incomplete precocious puberty Incomplete precocious puberty is the early development of secondary sexual characteristics and usually is a variant of normal puberty Radiologic determination of bone age should be performed to confirm that epiphysial maturation is not unduly accelerated.
Monitoring of children with this condition is needed to ensure that they do not develop GDPP. Isolated breast development in girls (premature thelarche) Premature thelarche are idiopathic and occurs in two peaks: one during the first two years of life and the other at six to eight years of age. It either remit spontaneously or are very slowly progressive. Most of these girls have no other signs of pubertal development and their growth rate is normal. Key features
Isolated breast development, either unilateral or bilateral Absence of other secondary sexual characteristics Their serum estradiol concentrations are typically in the prepubertal range. Normal linear growth Normal bone age Isolated male hormone-mediated sexual characteristics (such as pubic and/or axillary hair, acne, and apocrine odor) in boys or girls that results
from increased adrenal androgen production (premature adrenarche) Premature adrenarche is considered a variant of normal development but is a risk factor for polycystic ovary disease in girls. Boys who have an adrenal cause for their precocity will not have testicular enlargement (<4 mL testicular volume or <2.5 cm in diameter) A 5-yr-old black male presented at the Hospital das Clinicas, University of Sao Paula, Brazil, with a history of pubertal signs since the age of 1 yr and 8 months.
No family Hx; child was adopted On Physical ex; He was Tanner stage III for pubic hair and had a stretched penile length of 11.4 cm. His right testicle measured 3.6 X 2.5 cm and his left testicle, 3.4 X 1.8 cm. He had facial acne. His bone age was 13 yr Computed tomography imaging revealed normal adrenal glands Endocrine testing revealed increased serum levels of testosterone with prepubertal levels of LH and FSH both at baseline and after LHRH-stimulation EVALUATION
Who should be evaluated? Is the cause of precocity central or peripheral? a girl who progresses to menstrual bleeding within one year of the onset of breast development! There is an advanced bone age? ~ GDPP or GIPP due to ovarian or testicular disease with high concentrations of sex steroids Are the secondary sexual characteristics virilizing or feminizing? In girls, isolated virilization excludes a central etiology; in boys, feminization excludes both a central and most testicular etiology.
Medical history Physical examination Pubertal staging Bone age Measure basal LH levels and LH levels following administration of GnRH. In GDPP, basal levels of LH and FSH are often at pubertal levels and will increase with GnRH stimulation. Peak LH levels above 5 to 8 mIU/mL suggest GDPP. In GIPP, LH and FSH levels are low at baseline (prepubertal range) and will not
increase with GnRH stimulation. GDPP (Central) MRI with/out contrast Estradiol and testosterone levels to establish the degree of pubertal advancement Thyroid function studies Cranial radiation ~ Growth hormone deficiency?
GIPP (Peripheral) Testosterone, estradiol, LH, FSH, DHEA, DHEAS, and 17-hydroxyprogesterone Cortisol (drawn in the afternoon, to screen for Cushing syndrome) In boys, hCG; hCG-secreting tumor? If tumor is in mediastinum, a karyotype
CONSEQUENCES Short stature Behavior problems Stress Breast Cancer? Abeer Hegazi, Peds Resident R1
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