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Fifteen-minute consultation: Clinical pubertal assessment
  1. Philippa Prentice
  1. Department of Paediatric Endocrinology, The Royal London Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Philippa Prentice, Paediatric Endocrinology, The Royal London Hospital, London E1 1FR, UK; philippa.prentice1{at}nhs.net

Abstract

A pubertal assessment is an important part of the clinical examination of a young person. Clinicians must be empowered to do this confidently and in a sensitive manner. Tanner staging allows an objective measurement of pubertal status, including pubic and axillary hair growth, and breast or genital development. Alongside history, age and growth patterns, pubertal assessment can identify normal, precocious, delayed or arrested puberty and be suggestive of underlying pathology. This article aims to familiarise clinicians with the pubertal assessment, both the examination and interpretation.

  • adolescent health
  • endocrinology

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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