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Endocrinology

From energy, to growth, and beyond

As you may know, endocrinology is the study of glands and the hormones they produce that regulate our energy and growth. Endocrine–these glands and hormones–has a role in so many conditions, it has become a major focus of work done at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

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Some hormones control how our bodies convert food to energy (metabolism), and how bodies grow and develop. Endocrinology specialists work with children from birth through young adulthood to monitor and treat endocrine disorders. One of those disorders results in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, which is a specialty area at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

Endocrine glands also are associated with growth problems, delayed or early puberty, calcium and bone disorders, thyroid and adrenal disease and other issues.*

Creating new treatments
Our clinical investigators are involved in research on behalf of children with endocrine disorders. These studies focus on treatments and circumstances such as:
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Children with fetal alcohol syndrome
• Children who have had treatments for cancers
• Children who had had blood and marrow transplantation for cancer or other disease such as Fanconi anemia or Hurler syndrome.
Weight management for children with obesity and at risk for Type 2 diabetes

The Leo Fung Center for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) and Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) addresses the needs of infants and children who have development disorders. The center works very closely with the Minnesota Department of Health on its newborn screening program. It also provides medical management across a variety of medical specialties, each having to do with some aspect of the disorder.

Because symptoms of endocrine diseases change, regular monitoring is necessary. 

Call 612-365-6777 for an appointment or have your primary care physician refer you so we can determine the best approach for managing your child’s condition. We will inform you of the latest in clinical trials and treatment options.

We provide specialty care for the following:
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Bone and mineral disorders (osteogenesis imperfecta, rickets, osteoporosis)
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Pituitary disorders (hypopituitarism, growth hormone deficiency, diabetes insipidus)
  •  Puberty disorders (precocious and delayed puberty, irregular menstruation, polycystic ovarian syndrome)
  • Short stature
  •  Thyroid dysfunction (hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism)
  • Turner syndrome

Additional programs and services

  • Growth hormone and IGF-1 treatment
  • Hormone replacement therapy

*For definitions of medical terms, visit our health library or MedicinePlus, a service of the National Institutes of Health.

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