Delayed puberty in males

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About the Late puberty say that if the boy does not increase the testicles to 13 years and the appearance of pubic hair by age 15. Also on the possibility of a delay of sexual development may indicate the lag in the growth of the child — gipostatura.


Late sexual maturation could well be hereditary, if a similar situation has occurred with relatives boy. The growth rate in this case is normal, and although the growth spurt and sexual maturation occur later than most peer, hereinafter they proceed in the usual way.

However, the reason for the late puberty may be some diseases.

  • Chromosomal abnormalities such as Klinefelter's syndrome, in which a boy is present in the genotype of an extra X-chromosome.
  • Some genetic diseases are accompanied by a defect in the production of hormones, which also leads to a delay of sexual development.
  • Decreased production of gonadotropins (hormones that determine the development genitals) may be because of tumors of the brain damaging region in which there are the hypothalamus and pituitary.
  • Chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease and cystic fibrosis.

Diagnosis and treatment

In order to prevent the chromosomal abnormality in a child taking blood for chromosome study.

A blood test can detect diabetes, anemia and other diseases that can cause delayed puberty.

To determine the maturity of bone X-ray examination is carried out of the hands and wrists child.

To identify brain tumors spend x-ray, computed tomography (CT) or Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

If delay sexual development is caused by a chronic disease, it is necessary to cure the boy from him, after which the rate of ripening completely back to normal.

Genetic disorders that cause late puberty, are not treated. In some cases it is possible to normalize development external sexual characteristics by filling the missing hormones.

If the reason for the delay of sexual development was a brain tumor, then surgery is required to remove it.

Treatment of this anomaly in the development of the cause involved in genetics, endocrinology, oncology, etc.

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