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Reproductive Hormones During Pubertal Transition in Girls with Transient Thelarche

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CONTEXT: Transient thelarche (TT), that is, the appearance, regression and subsequent reappearance of breast buds, is a frequent phenomenon, but little is known about pubertal transition in these girls.

OBJECTIVE: To describe pubertal progression, growth, genotypes, reproductive hormones and growth factors in girls with TT compared to those who do not present TT (non-TT).

DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of a longitudinal population-based study.

PATIENTS OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS: Girls (n = 508) of the Chilean Growth and Obesity cohort.

MEASUREMENTS: Pubertal progression, reproductive hormones, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) beta subunit/FSH receptor gene single nucleotide polymorphisms and growth.

RESULTS: Thirty-seven girls (7.3%) were presented TT. These girls entered puberty by pubarche more frequently (51%) than girls with normal progression (non-TT; n = 471; 23%, P = .005). Girls with TT who were under 8 years old had lower androgens, anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), luteinizing hormone (LH) and oestradiol (all P < .05) than older girls with TT. At the time of Tanner breast stage 2 (B2), girls with TT had higher androgens, LH, FSH, IGF1, LH, insulin and oestradiol (P < .01) than at the time of TT. TT girls were older at B2 (10.3 ± 1.1 vs. 9.2 ± 1.2 years, P < .001) and menarche (12.3 ± 0.8 vs. 12.0 ± 1.0 years, P = .040) than their counterparts (non-TT). No differences in anthropometric variables or FSHB/FSHR genotypes were detected.

CONCLUSION: Transient thelarche is a frequent phenomenon that does not appear to be mediated by hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis activation or by adiposity. Hormonal differences between earlier TT and later TT suggest that their mechanisms are different.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Endocrinology
Volume93
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)296-304
Number of pages9
ISSN0300-0664
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

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  • androgens, environmental disruptors, puberty, transient thelarche

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