Delayed puberty is a condition where young boys and girls experience the absence of sexual maturation at the expected time in their life. The condition may be caused by inadequate growth hormones in the body. Delayed puberty can be treated perfectly in children if they are diagnosed early. Adults can also experience similar conditions caused by a deficiency of human growth hormones.
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Delayed puberty Symptoms
Before you experience a certain disease, signs and symptoms come first. Different diseases have got different symptoms. Once you have the signs and symptoms, one can tell the type of disease he is experiencing. Delayed puberty may have different symptoms to different people. The symptoms may start at any stage before puberty. Children with Delayed puberty are shorter than their peers and have younger appearances. Below are the common symptoms of Delayed puberty;
- baby fat
- lack of secondary sexual characteristics
- lack of menses in girls
- Low self-esteem.
Not all symptoms have been mentioned, if you note any symptom that may contribute to your child’s growth you should inform a medical practitioner.
Delayed puberty Causes
Delayed puberty is caused by a condition known as growth hormone deficiency. The growth hormone deficiency is where the body is not able to produce enough growth hormones in the body. The growth hormones are produced in the pituitary gland that is located at the bottom of the skull. The Delayed puberty may also be caused by a tumor in the brain. The tumors are located near the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus region. Delayed puberty may also be caused by cleft palates. The presence of cleft palates shows that the child has a poorly developed pituitary gland. Other causes that lead to Delayed puberty are serious head injuries, radiation treatments, and infections and are known as acquired growth hormone deficiency. Below are the main causes of Delayed puberty;
- Growth hormone deficiency
- Brain tumors
- Cleft palates
- Head injuries
- Radiation treatments
Delayed puberty Diagnosis
Often, medical professionals look for signs of delayed puberty in a child if he or she is not meeting his/her height and weight as required. If there are signs of growth hormone deficiency, the doctor must look at the past information regarding the growth rates of the other children in the family. If delayed puberty is detected, a few test may be done to confirm the diagnosis. Through the tests, the physician can tell if the child was born with the deficiency or caused by an infection. The diagnosis method for delayed puberty includes the following:
- A blood test is taken, and it is used to measure the level of growth hormones in the body.
- A kidney and thyroid test may also be done to observe how the body produces and uses hormones in the body.
- X-rays are also done on the hands to observe at the growth plates and level of bone growth.
Delayed puberty Treatment
Delayed puberty is a long term condition and requires regular treatment. Therapists have used the technique of giving the synthetic growth hormones to patients with Delayed puberty. The synthetic hormones are given by injection in the body’s fatty tissues such as the buttocks, thighs and back of the arms. The synthetic growth hormone can be delivered to both children and adults. For children, the growth hormones are given until the child reaches the puberty stage while some may continue with the treatment for the rest of their lives. Your delayed puberty treatment will be monitored closely by a medical team.