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Fifteen-minute consultation: a structured approach to the child with primary amenorrhea


Puberty is a life-changing time in the life of a young person, with physical, psychological and social considerations. Amenorrhea is derived from Latin: a—‘not’, men—‘month’ and rhein—‘flow’, meaning absence of monthly flow. In medical terms, it is a symptom describing absence of menstruation. It can be classified as either primary or secondary. This article will focus solely on primary amenorrhea. Primary amenorrhea can induce great anxiety in both the patient and the family and often presents to the general paediatrician. A thorough history and examination and judicious use of investigations is crucial to ensure timely diagnosis and management.

  • general paediatrics
  • endocrinology
  • adolescent health

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