Delayed Sexual Development
Girls enter puberty between the ages of 8-14. Boys enter this stage between the ages of 9-14. When this stage is late, it is called delayed sexual development.
This condition can be caused by:
- Constitutional delay—some children simply take longer than their peers; they will catch up at some point
- Chromosomal abnormalities:
- Kallmann syndrome
- Hypopituitarism caused by infection, trauma, and central nervous system lesions
Last reviewedMay 2014by Kari Kassir, MD
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