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
Boy Needs Surgery After Hitting Puberty at 18 Months

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." (More puberty stories.)

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