The presumptive diagnosis of constitutional delayed adolescence is difficult to substantiate. Clinical examination and routine biochemical testing are not sufficient to exclude isolated gonadotrophin deficiency. Seven males are reported who presented with delayed puberty. These patients were given 100 μg luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH) intravenously, and the luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) responses were measured.
Three of four males who were completely prepubertal (Stage 1) had a normal adult male response. These three patients have progressed further into puberty several months after this diagnostic test. The fourth patient in stage 1 puberty had a prepubertal LH response. A year later the response became adult in type, and 3 months thereafter stage 2 puberty was evident.
The LH response to LH-RH thus appears to have some prognostic value in the assessment of males presenting with delayed puberty.
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