Care for Pediatric Hormone Disorders & Diseases
The endocrine system is a network of glands that produce and release hormones. When hormonal disorders arise they can be difficult to detect and treat in children and adolescents. Our pediatric endocrinologists at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's are experts in a wide range of endocrine disorders. We can help provide comprehensive diagnosis and advanced treatment options for your family.
Our pediatric endocrinologists have expertise in the care and treatment of the full range of endocrine disorders affecting children, from birth to late adolescence. Working with your child's pediatrician, we can devise an individualized treatment plan for your child or teen.
Our staff are experts in and provide a multidisciplinary approach to management of the following conditions:
- Adrenal disease
- Ambiguous genitalia and intersex
- Diabetes care, including the genetics of diabetes and obesity, maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY), monogenic diabetes and neonatal diabetes
- Early or delayed puberty
- Growth hormone deficiency and other growth problems
- Hirsutism or excessive hair growth
- Klinefelter's syndrome
- Lipid disorders
- Male breast development
- Menstrual irregularities in teens
- Metabolic bone disease
- Obesity/Weight management
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Turner's syndrome
The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital has received more grant funding from the National Institutes of Health to study hormonal disorders in children and teens than any other program in the Midwest. Our Diabetes Research and Training Center is one of only six centers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the country.
In addition, the Chicago Center for Reproductive Research at the University of Chicago is one of only eight programs in the country to receive NIH funding. Research at the center helps benefit teens with menstrual irregularities and other related hormonal problems.
Such research funding helps doctors unravel some of the mysteries of hormonal diseases in children. Our patients benefit from this new knowledge — when and where it happens.
Currently, physicians at Comer Children’s are studying:
- The cause of hormonal deficiencies and disorders at the molecular level, which may help doctors develop new ways to treat and prevent the diseases.
- Differences in teenagers with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes — particularly the factors that affect future risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Causes of childhood diabetes in Chicago by tracking the incidence of diabetes through the Chicago Childhood Diabetes Registry.
Comprehensive Diabetes Care
For over 20 years, Comer Children’s has forged expansive partnerships with the Chicago Children's Diabetes Center and Kovler Diabetes Center to help young people with all types of diabetes, including rare and difficult to treat forms of the chronic condition. Our pediatric diabetes experts work to provide holistic, family-centered care for hundreds of children who battle the disease each year. Our multidisciplinary care team can devise plans to manage diabetes, which may include dietary changes, exercise, medicine, and weight loss.
Learn more about our pediatric diabetes care
If your child suffers from severe weight problems, our "Fit Matters" program can help. This team-based program teaches children how to change their behaviors so they can lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Other weight-loss programs are available and in partnership with your child’s pediatrician, we can monitor your child's progress. This approach, to help him or her manage their weight over the long term, can be customized to meet your child's needs.