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Adult height in patients with familial male-limited precocious puberty and the role of an aromatase inhibitor in patient management

Authors
  • Lane, Laura C.
  • Flowers, Josephine
  • Johnstone, Helen
  • Cheetham, Tim
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Publisher
Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Publication Date
Apr 14, 2018
Volume
31
Issue
5
Pages
551–560
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/jpem-2017-0363
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Yellow

Abstract

Background: There is little adult height data in patients with familial male-limited precocious puberty (FMPP) and no management consensus. We assessed the treatment and adult height in local patients with FMPP and those reported in the literature. Methods: Growth data were obtained on four local patients with FMPP and a search performed to obtain management details and adult height data on cases in the literature. UK (90) population standards were used to calculate standard deviation scores (SDS). Results: Adult height data were available on 25 men with FMPP of whom 21 were treated. Median adult height SDS of patients was −1.5 SD with a mid-parental target of −0.6 SD (p=0.1). Eight patients (32%) had an adult height above the mid-parental target and seven patients (28%) had a height >2 SD below the mean. The median height SD was −0.03 in untreated patients and +0.5 SD in those receiving an aromatase inhibitor. There was no relationship between height and age at presentation. Conclusions: Aromatase inhibitor therapy is associated with a positive height outcome in FMPP but the outcome with and without intervention is unpredictable. Clinicians need to be cautious when counselling families about the potential height outcome in FMPP.

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