Precocious (early) puberty refers to the appearance of secondary sexual characteristics before the age of 8 in girls and age 9 in boys. Paradoxically, it may result in tall stature in childhood, but short stature in adulthood. Learn more about the condition, its diagnosis and the different treatment options available.
NHS Choices website – early or delayed puberty http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Puberty/Pages/Complications.aspx Last accessed 18/07/2017
Child Growth Foundation website – Premature Sexual Maturation
http://www.childgrowthfoundation.org/CMS/FILES/04_Premature_Sexual_Maturation.pdf Last accessed 18/07/2017
Patient website – Precocious Puberty http://patient.info/doctor/precocious-puberty-pro Last accessed 18/07/2017
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