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Misdiagnosis of Puberty

Puberty: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Puberty: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Puberty:

Puberty: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Called premature adrenarche, it is caused by the early maturation of the adrenal gland resulting in increased androgen secretion. Adrenal androgens cause pubic & armpit hair to develop and it is often accompanied by a notable increase in body odor. These signs do not indicate premature puberty (which would be marked by the beginnings of breast development). (Source: excerpt from Puberty: NWHIC)

Puberty: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Abnormal breast lumps in adolescent girls are uncommon. The first question that may come to a parent's mind is, "Can this be breast cancer?" The answer is, probably not. Less than 0.1% of all patients with breast cancer are under age twenty.

Though the majority of adolescents who see their doctor for a breast lump have normal breast tissue, other conditions do sometimes arise. The most common is benign fibrocystic change. A fibrocystic mass may or may not cause some pain or discomfort. If a cystic mass is suspected and persists the physician may recommend a fine needle aspiration. This is normally a quick office procedure. More than fifty percent of all women will have fibrocystic changes at some point in their life. The cause is unknown.

Adolescent breast lumps can occasionally be a fibroadenoma [a benign growth that is encapsulated, rubbery, and non-tender with no nipple discharge]. These are sometimes removed for evaluation or, if very large, to prevent breast distortion. Other conditions can cause lumps but are even less likely. (Source: excerpt from Puberty: NWHIC)

Common Misdiagnoses and Puberty

Misdiagnosed weight-related causes of infertility: A woman's weight status can affect her level of fertility. Although obesity or overweight can in themselves reduce fertility, there are other weight-related or associated medical conditions that further reduce fertility. Some of these hidden causes include COPD, diabetes, thyroid disorders (overactive thyroid or underactive thyroid) and metabolic syndrome. See also other causes of infertility.

Puberty: Rare Types

Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Puberty:

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General Misdiagnosis Articles

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About misdiagnosis:

When checking for a misdiagnosis of Puberty or confirming a diagnosis of Puberty, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Puberty may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Puberty. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.


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