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Puberty 

Puberty

Chapter:
Puberty
Author(s):

I. Banerjee

and P.E. Clayton

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.130902_update_001

July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

Update:

Physiology of puberty—expanded discussion.

Precocious puberty—discussion of GnRHa treatment.

Three new figures added.

Updated on 30 Nov 2011. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 20 July 2017

Puberty is characterized by well-defined physical changes as a child moves from the prepubertal state through the stages of puberty to full sexual development. The outward signs usually develop over 3 to 5 years, with significant variation both in the age that puberty starts and the pace at which development proceeds....

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