Pelvic ultrasound findings in different forms of sexual precocity

I. J. Griffin, T. J. Cole, K. A. Duncan, A. S. Hollman, M. D C Donaldson

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Recently produced reference curves for various ultrasound dimensions were used to retrospectively assess 67 pelvic ultrasound scans carried out at the initial presentation in girls with sexual precocity. At presentation the group with precocious puberty had significantly increased uterine lengths and ovarian volumes compared with the normal population, and a significantly increased fundal-cervical ratio. Ovarian volume was also significantly increased in thelarche and thelarche variant. The fundal cervical ratio was significantly increased in thelarche variant. There was considerable overlap between individuals with sexual precocity and normal subjects. The ultrasound findings that best discriminated early or precocious puberty from other forms of sexual precocity were the presence of a midline endometrial echo, and a uterine length above the 97th centile for age. An entirely normal pelvic ultrasound at presentation did not rule out the possibility of precocious puberty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)544-549
Number of pages6
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Adrenarche
  • Pelvic ultrasound
  • Precocious puberty
  • Thelarche
  • Thelarche variant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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