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J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Nov;93(11):4422-5. doi: 10.1210/jc.2008-0661. Epub 2008 Aug 26.

Timing of pubertal onset in girls: evidence for non-Gaussian distribution.

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Third Department of Pediatrics, University of Athens School of Medicine, Attikon University Hospital, Rimini 1 Street, Athens 124 64, Greece. anpapad@med.uoa.gr

Abstract

CONTEXT:

The timing of the onset of puberty is considered to approximate a normal distribution. However, because many more girls present with early than late puberty, we hypothesized that the distribution of the timing of the onset of puberty in girls might have changed. OBJECTIVE/SUBJECTS: The objective of the study was to examine the distribution of the timing of the onset of puberty in normal Greek girls.

DESIGN:

Onset of puberty, i.e. breast development (B2), was studied longitudinally in 311 prepubertal schoolgirls aged 6.4-8.2 yr until the onset of puberty. We also studied cross-sectionally 126 girls, 6-14 yr old.

SETTING:

Clinical examinations took place in the school setting.

RESULTS:

In the longitudinal study, median of the distribution of age at B2 was 10.0 yr (with the 25th and 75th centiles being 9.2 and 10.6 yr, respectively). Skewness was -0.45 (P=0.001), suggesting a negatively skewed distribution. In the cross-sectional study, 126 subjects were found at B2. The median of the age distribution at B2 was 10.1 yr (with the 25th and 75th centiles being 9.7 and 11.2 years, respectively). Skewness was -0.44 (P=0.03), suggesting a negatively skewed distribution.

CONCLUSIONS:

A non-Gaussian distribution of the age at the onset of puberty in girls was documented. The currently used cutoff ages for precocious and delayed puberty may not be applicable to modern children; therefore, up-to-date studies on pubertal maturation are much needed.

PMID:
18728173
DOI:
10.1210/jc.2008-0661
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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