Optimal therapy of pubertal disorders in precocious/early puberty

L. Tatò, M. O. Savage, F. Antoniazzi, F. Buzi, S. Di Maio, W. Oostdijk, A. M. Pasquino, G. Raiola, P. Saenger, G. Tonini, P. G. Voorhoeve

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GnRHa have been used in the treatment of central precocious puberty (CPP) for a decade and some final results of this therapy are now available. Treatment preserves height potential in younger patients and a complete recovery of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis occurs at the end of treatment. However, some aspects of the management of CPP are still debated. Probably the age limits between normal and precocious puberty have to be lowered, and new diagnostic tools will modify and simplify diagnostic criteria. The possibility of progression of premature thelarche into precocious puberty, the pathogenesis of organic and idiopathic precocious puberty, the criteria for decision to treat and to stop treatment and the utility of an association with GH treatment will be better understood in the future. Follow-up of patients after stopping therapy includes frequency and characteristics of menses, the possible higher incidence of polycystic ovary-like syndrome and the correct achievement of a normal peak bone mass and body composition. In this review we discuss some of these points, with particular attention to precocious puberty in girls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)985-995
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Consensus guidelines
  • Early puberty
  • Precocious puberty
  • Pubertal disorders
  • Puberty
  • Therapy for pubertal disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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