Endocrinology (Hormones & Growth)

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The way your child grows, develops and even feels, can depend on how well their endocrine system is working. Endocrine disorders create hormone imbalances that can affect a child's health in many different ways. Our pediatric endocrinologists provide care, treatment, education and supportive services to children dealing with both common and rare endocrine disorders.

 
Learn More About Pediatric Endocrinology

Made up of hormone-producing glands, the endocrine system controls many body functions such as growth and development, maturation, energy levels and mood.

And although Type 1 diabetes — also known as juvenile diabetes — is the most recognizable condition, Nemours pediatric endocrinologists treat other diseases of the endocrine system such as:

  • puberty disorders: premature (precocious) puberty, delayed puberty
  • growth disorders: short stature (growth failure), growth hormone deficiency
  • thyroid diseases: hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s disease), hyperthyroidism (Graves disease)
  • pituitary disorders: diabetes insipidus, hypopituitarism
  • adrenal disorders: Addison disease, Cushing syndrome
  • polycystic ovary syndrome and other menstrual disorders
  • genetic disorders: Turner syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome, Noonan syndrome, Russell Silver syndrome
  • bone diseases and disorders of calcium and vitamin D: rickets and osteoporosis
  • disorders of sexual differentiation
Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Newtown Square

Main Line Health Center
3855 W. Chester Pike, Suite 280
Newtown Square, PA 19073
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200
For Information: (610) 557-4800

Hours: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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For Appointments

Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment:

New patients: please call the Preregistration and Admissions Group (PRAG) at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children at (302) 651-4200
Follow-up patients: please call (610) 557-4800

 
What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
Resources for Patients & Families
Support Services
  • Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House: Located approximately 30 minutes from Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Newtown Square, this family-centered facility offers a home away from home when your child needs to be hospitalized.
Medication Refills

Please request medication refills at the time you make your appointment – requests may take 48 hours to complete.

When calling for a refill, include:

  • your child’s name
  • medication name and dosage
  • pharmacy name and phone number
  • prescriptions will not be refilled if you have not been seen in our clinic in the last six months
 
Growth Hormone Therapy Information & Resources

Growth hormone therapy requires prior authorization for a brand on your insurance drug formulary. Please notify your insurance company to find out what brand(s) is covered (preferred) with a prior authorization. 

When growth hormone therapy is recommended for your child, the following list of growth hormone manufacturer websites can be helpful educational resources to become comfortable in making a choice for your child. Many of them include such tools as product and device information, storage and safety information, financial support programs, and instructional guides and demonstration videos. Reimbursement Center Case Managers can assist with insurance benefit investigation and coordination of growth hormone therapy.

Growth Hormone Manufacturers

Genotropin
Manufacturer: Pfizer Inc.
Reimbursement Center: Pfizer Bridge
Contact Case Manager: (800) 645-1280

Humatrope
Manufacturer: Eli Lilly and Company
Reimbursement Center: HRC-Humatrope
Contact Case Manager: (800) 642-2340

Norditropin
Manufacturer: Novo Nordisk, Inc.
Reimbursement Center: Nordicare
Contact Case Manager: (888) 668-6444

Nutropin
Manufacturer: Genentech
Reimbursement Center: Nutropin GPS
Contact Case Manager: (866) 688-7674

Omnitrope
Manufacturer: Sandoz, Inc.
Reimbursement Center: OmniSource
Contact Case Manager: (866) 749-3550

Saizen
Manufacturer: EMD Serono, Inc.
Reimbursement Center: Connections for Growth
Contact Case Manager: (800) 582-7989

Tev-tropin
Manufacturer: Gate Pharmaceuticals
Reimbursement Center: Growth Solutions
Contact Case Manager: (866) 838-8767


As a parent, you know when it comes to children, balance and moderation is important. While that’s true for most things in life, it’s especially true for how your child’s endocrine system works. Too much or too little of nutrients and hormones in your child’s body can result in an endocrine disorder, which can affect the way your child feels, moves, and grows. Nemours pediatric endocrinologists are here to ensure that your child's body is properly reaching that balance.

Whether your child’s symptoms are mild or severe, our board certified pediatric endocrinologists at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Newtown Square, located at Main Line Health Center, are experts in recognizing and treating children with all types of endocrine disorders. Our pediatric endocrinologists will assess and evaluate your child’s condition and offer the best treatment solutions to help your child start feeling better again.

If your child’s condition requires specialized care, our experts will refer your child to nearby Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., or Nemours duPont Pediatrics at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

 
Common Endocrine Disorders in Children
  • diabetes
  • disorders of puberty
  • abnormal thyroid function
  • hormone and growth disorders such as short stature and growth failure
  • reproduction
  • sexual differentiation disorders
  • bone disease
  • Turner syndrome, Noonan syndrome, Russell Silver syndrome, and Klinefelter syndrome
 
Our Pediatric Endocrinology Care Team

Our Nemours pediatric endocrinologists specialize in helping children with endocrine disorders. Along with our board certified pediatric endocrinologists, our comprehensive care team includes:

  • physician assistants
  • registered dietitians
 
Diagnosing Your Child’s Endocrine Disorder

Our pediatric endocrinologists are experienced in evaluating diagnosing and treating children with all types of endocrine disorders. Some of the state-of-the-art technology and screenings we may use to help us assess your child’s condition include:

  • X-rays – for bone age assessment and other tests
  • blood tests for diabetes and other disorders
  • bone density
  • body composition
  • nutritional assessment
  • growth hormone secretion tests
  • hormonal deficiency tests