Adolescent Care

Jul 1, 2001 Issue
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Review and Current Concepts [Article]

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is present in 2 to 4 percent of children between 10 and 16 years of age. It is defined as a lateral curvature of the spine greater than 10 degrees accompanied by vertebral rotation. It is thought to be a multigene dominant condition with variable phenotypic expression...

Aug 01, 1999 Issue
Protecting the Health and Safety of Working Teenagers [Article]

More than one third of high school students work during the school year, and many more are employed during the summer months. Teenage workers face a variety of health and safety hazards. Occupational injury and illness are largely preventable, and family physicians can play a crucial role in this pr...

Jul 01, 1999 Issue
Disorders of Puberty [Article]

Normal puberty begins between eight and 14 years of age in girls and between nine and 14 years of age in boys. Pubic hair distribution is used to stage puberty, along with breast size and contour in girls and testicular volume in boys. Some children experience constitutional sexual precocity, but pr...

Jul 01, 1999 Issue
A Troubled Teen: Matters of Confidentiality [Curbside Consultation]

This case highlights a family physician's dilemma regarding confidentiality when caring for a minor patient. This sort of scenario is not uncommon in an office practice.

Nov 1, 1998 Issue
A Pregnant Teen: Defusing a Family Crisis [Curbside Consultation]

This case represents an all too common reality in family physicians' offices around the country. The 15-year-old's symptoms were still present at her third office visit in two weeks. As such, the physician did well to personally review all aspects of her history. In so doing, the physician was able ...

May 1, 1998 Issue
Implementing the Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services [Article]

The Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services (GAPS) include recommendations developed and promoted by the American Medical Association's Department of Adolescent Health and are intended to organize, restructure and redefine health care delivery for 11- to 21-year-old patients. Data show that he...

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