Boy Needs Surgery After Hitting Puberty at 18 Months
Good news is that it seems to have worked
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2013 3:49 PM CDT
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(Newser) – It was your standard-issue case of a boy going through puberty—changes in voice, genitals, and demeanor, along with some acne—except for one crucial factor: He was just 18 months old. The bizarre case is from India, where doctors diagnosed the toddler with premature puberty, reports the International Business Times. They gave him injections for two years to block the secretion of hormones, but the problem was he'd need the expensive shots for another decade, and his parents couldn't afford them.

Doctors then opted for brain surgery. They removed abnormal-looking tissue in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that plays a role in regulating hormones, and the chief neurosurgeon gave this happy assessment to the Times of India: "His hormone values became normal for his age, and he does not require any further treatment."

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trigiver01
Oct 3, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
This happens in the US, too. It is not attributed to growth hormone, hormones in food, or toxins. This is an entirely different set of hormones than growth hormones.
Ivan_the_Gypsy
Oct 3, 2013 5:04 AM CDT
With the polution level and toxic dumps around India's industrial cities it's no wonder there aren't more mutants born. The fact they still drink, wash, and cook with the same water source doesn't help.
Flyer3237
Oct 2, 2013 11:43 PM CDT
This means the child longevity will be truncated by a factor of 8. So, when he is actually 10 years old, it will be like he is really 80 years old. Acceleration of the growth hormone results in an early death!