Pediatrics – Diabetes & Endocrinology
The Section of Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology has experience with the full range of pediatric endocrine disorders, and we provide a full complement of evaluation, diagnostic and treatment services.
Among the disorders we commonly see are hypo- and hyperthyroidism, short stature, precocious puberty, delayed puberty, premature adrenarche (early maturation of the cortex of the human adrenal glands), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), obesity and insulin resistance, adrenal insufficiency and hypopituitarism.
We also offer testing in Boston Medical Center’s Pediatric STAR Unit. Our testing capabilities include–but are not limited to–growth hormone stimulation tests, oral glucose tolerance tests, gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) tests and ACTH tests for adrenal gland function evaluation.
Diagnosis, evaluation, and recommendations for appropriate educational and medical therapies are provided by board-certified pediatric endocrinologists. Initial evaluations consist of a detailed medical history, a physical exam and, typically, laboratory tests. Results and conclusions are discussed thoroughly with parents and/or guardians and, depending on age and maturity, the patient. The patient’s primary provider is provided with a comprehensive report documenting the visit.
After the initial evaluation, ongoing follow-up is scheduled as needed, based on the child’s age as well as medical and educational needs of the child and family. Dietary counseling is available as part of the clinic visit when deemed useful or necessary.
For diabetic cases, continued diabetes education is maintained by the Diabetes Educator at each visit. Patients and families remain in contact with the diabetes team via pagers.