What is the role of plain radiography in the workup of precocious puberty?

Updated: Nov 30, 2020
  • Author: Paul B Kaplowitz, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Robert P Hoffman, MD  more...
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As used to determine bone age, radiography of the hand and wrist is a quick and helpful means of estimating the likelihood of precocious puberty and its speed of progression. If bone age is within 1 year of chronologic age, puberty either has not started or the duration of the pubertal process has been relatively brief. If bone age is advanced by 2 years or more, puberty likely has been present for a year or more or is progressing more rapidly.


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