Puberty is the period of time during which a child’s body changes into that of an adult. During this time, the body undergoes important hormonal shifts that facilitate the appropriate developmental changes.
Disorders of puberty may occur when there is a problem with the glands responsible for releasing the hormones responsible for puberty, such as the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, or when there is a problem with the reproductive organs themselves.
The most common puberty disorders include precocious (early) puberty and delayed (late) puberty. The evaluation of puberty disorders in adolescents may require blood testing, imaging studies, and sometimes genetic testing to identify the underlying cause and determine the proper treatment plan.