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Genetics, Endocrinology and Metabolism

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Children are not small adults; they have special needs related to growth and development. Their psychological needs also are different. Hormone problems affecting growth or sexual development can have significant effects on a child's physical and emotional well-being. As pediatric endocrinologists, we are sensitive to these issues.

Problems seen by pediatric endocrinologists are often quite different from those seen by endocrinologists who care for adults. Special training in pediatric conditions as they relate to growth and development is important. Hormonal problems are often present for life.

Our pediatric endocrinologists deal with hormone disorders at all stages of childhood and the teen years. We care for your child in a setting that is appropriate for children and teens. Support staff, including nurses, psychologist, pediatric diabetes educators, and nutritionists, are all attuned to their needs.

Types of treatment

  • Adrenal gland hypo/hyper function
  • Ambiguous genitals/intersex
  • Diabetes
  • Early or delayed puberty
  • Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)
  • Growth problems
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Pituitary gland hypo/hyper function
  • Problems with Vitamin D (rickets, hypocalcaemia)
  • Ovarian and testicular dysfunction
  • Underactive or overactive thyroid gland

Goals of treatment

  • Help the child achieve normal growth and development
  • Provide education and support to the patient, parents and family
  • Encourage patients to overcome obstacles and lead a normal and healthy life-style

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018
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