How Do Doctors Evaluate (Check For) Early Puberty?

  • Review of your child’s symptoms and signs of puberty
  • Physical exam
  • Blood test to measure hormone levels
  • Imaging tests. This can include a bone age (X-ray) of their left hand and an MRI of the brain. A bone age helps doctors tell how much your child’s bones have grown and developed. The MRI checks the pituitary gland and the area around it.

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