What is the role of exogenous androgens in precocious puberty?

Updated: Nov 30, 2020
  • Author: Paul B Kaplowitz, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Robert P Hoffman, MD  more...
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Exposure to exogenous sex hormones is an occasional cause of early puberty (eg, pubic hair, phallic enlargement). The most common etiology in young children has been inadvertent exposure to androgens through contact with adult males who use topical androgens such as AndroGel. Asking about such potential exposure is important because the problem resolves rapidly when such exposure ceases. [37]


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