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Learn how our pediatric endocrinology team advances UNC Children’s important research and medical education missions.

Endocrinology care.

Pediatric Endocrinology

UNC Children’s pediatric endocrinology and diabetes experts aim to provide excellent, comprehensive, evidence-based care to children with hormone-related disorders. We recognize there are multiple ways to provide care for each child, and we will work with you to determine optimal treatment options for your child and facilitate success in that treatment.

You can trust your child is getting top-quality care, because UNC Children’s diabetes and endocrinology programs are consistently ranked as among the nation’s best on U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” list.

What We Treat

Conditions We Treat

Find comprehensive care for all pediatric endocrine disorders, including:

  • Diabetes mellitus and prediabetes – High blood sugar
    • Includes Type 1, Type 2, MODY (maturity onset diabetes of the young), cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, neonatal diabetes, and diabetes insipidus
  • Hypoglycemia – Low blood sugar
  • Lipid disorders – Abnormally high or low cholesterol or triglyceride levels
  • Obesity – Weight significantly above normal for a child’s age and height
  • Growth disorders like short stature and gigantism, including those related to other chronic diseases, pituitary gland disorders, and more
  • Puberty disorders
    • Precocious puberty – Body changes associated with puberty happen earlier than usual (before age 8 for girls, or age 9 for boys)
    • Delayed puberty – Body changes associated with puberty happen later than usual (no testicular enlargement or breast development by age 13, or no periods by age 16)
  • Disorders of the adrenal glands – Under or over production of related hormones causes conditions such as Addison’s disease, Cushing syndrome, and congenital adrenal hyerplasia
  • Thyroid disorders, including thyroid nodules (an under-skin growth, usually non-cancerous) and thyroid cancer
  • Metabolic bone diseases
  • Genetic disorders – Diseases caused by missing or defective genes
    • Disorders of sex development (DSD) – A group of conditions in which there is a discrepancy between the external and internal genitals
    • Klinefelter’s syndrome – Genetic condition in a boy born with an extra X chromosome; may affect reproductive organs and fertility, muscle tone, energy levels, and facial and body hair
    • McCune-Albright syndrome – Affects the bones and skin; may cause early sexual development
    • Noonan syndrome – Causes abnormal development in many areas of the body
    • Prader-Willi syndrome – Complex disorder; among other things, it can lead to life-threatening obesity, because those affected experience constant feelings of hunger Russell-Silver syndrome – Causes slowed growth before and after birth
    • Turner syndrome – Genetic condition in a girl born with a missing or incomplete X chromosome
    • Osteogenesis imperfecta – Results in fragile bones that break easily
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) – A hormone imbalance in females that can cause pelvic pain, abnormal periods, excess body hair, and acne
  • Endocrine disorders resulting from cancer treatments or due to the treatment of other chronic illnesses

Team Care

A Team Approach to Care

When you choose UNC Children’s for pediatric endocrinology, your child will benefit from a team of medical professionals, including board-certified pediatric endocrinologists, pediatric endocrinology fellows and pediatric residents, a certified diabetes educator, nutritionists, and a dedicated diabetes nurse. You’ll get family-centered, long-term care for your child as s/he grows and develops, along with a seamless transition to adult endocrinology services as needed.

Many children with endocrine disorders are at risk for social or adjustment problems, so you’ll also find emotional support from our dedicated child psychologist and/or social worker. Let us know about any concerns you have with your child’s health, development, or care at any time.

Turner Syndrome Clinic

UNC Children’s is home to one of the most comprehensive programs in the country for girls with Turner syndrome. Girls with Turner syndrome were born with a missing or incomplete X chromosome. They often have problems with growth and sexual development and are more likely to experience kidney problems, high blood pressure, heart problems, hearing difficulties, diabetes, and thyroid problems.

Close to Home

Care Close to Home

Find pediatric endocrinology care close to home. We offer services at two convenient locations in the Triangle:

Contact Us

Call 984-974-1401 to make an appointment with one of UNC Children’s pediatric diabetes specialists.

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