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Causes of Precocious Puberty
« on: November 27, 2017, 05:31:24 pm »
Causes of Precocious Puberty

The onset of puberty is normally triggered by the hypothalamus (the area of the brain that helps control pituitary gland function). It signals the pituitary gland to release hormones that stimulate the ovaries (in girls) or testicles (in boys) to make sex hormones. Sometimes, precocious puberty stems from a structural problem in the brain (such as a tumour), brain injury due to head trauma, an infection (such as meningitis), or a problem in the ovaries or thyroid gland that triggers the onset of puberty ahead of schedule but this usually isn't the case.
For the majority of girls, there's no medical problem at fault. They simply start puberty too early for unknown reason. In boys, the condition is less common and more likely to be related to another medical problem. And for about 5% of boys, precocious puberty is inherited. (Less than 1% of girls with precocious puberty have inherited the condition.) Early puberty can be passed to a son by his father or to the son from his maternal grandfather through his mother (who will not be affected by the disorder).

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