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Question: Eleven year old son has anger, mood changes - treatment?

 Jazz - Wed Jun 04, 2008 6:48 am

My son is eleven but highly hormonaly developed, mustache, underarm hair, pubic hair... anger, mood changes, bad skin eruptions, etc. Do I put him on a seratonin product like fluoxetine? We have a history of suicide and manic depression.
He is nearly six foot.
 Dr. E. Seigle - Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:53 pm

Hi Jazz,

Your son's premature sexual development should be assessed by a pediatric endocrinologist to rule out a hormonal abnormality such as precocious puberty, or his excessive growth by checking for a growth hormone tumor. These can be assessed I believe with some blood tests and a brain MRI; these to rule out a pituitary gland tumor or a testicular tumor, or possibly an adrenal gland tumor, which can be serious or just benign. It is important to get this checked outright away!

-Eliot Seigle MD

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