How is the patient history of precocious puberty characterized in boys?

Updated: Nov 30, 2020
  • Author: Paul B Kaplowitz, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Robert P Hoffman, MD  more...
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The earliest evidence of puberty is testicular enlargement, a subtle finding that often goes unnoticed by patients and parents.

Growth of the penis and scrotum typically occurs at least a year after testicular enlargement.

Accelerated linear growth (the pubertal growth spurt) occurs later in the course of male puberty than in female puberty but often takes place by the time other physical changes are noted.


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