Endocrinology

Pediatric Endocrinology

Overview

The Division of Endocrinology specialists provide a comprehensive range of diagnosis and treatment programs for infants, children and adolescents with conditions or diseases of the endocrine system.

  • Consultations, recommendations and long-term follow-up for various disturbances are available.
  • Disorders of sexual development of the thyroid, adrenal and parathyroid glands; hypoglycemia; hirsutism; menstrual disorders and disorders of bone metabolism/formation (including rickets) are evaluated and treated.
  • Comprehensive management of children with diabetes is provided.
  • Education, long-term management and psychosocial support of insulin-dependent diabetic patients are emphasized.

The Division's outpatient programs include endocrinology, diabetes, and adolescent endocrine clinics. A total of over 3,500 clinic visits per year are made. These include private referrals from pediatric practitioners and referrals from other Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters clinics. Included in this total are referrals from health departments through the Children's Specialty Services (CSS). The Division is a contractor with the State for CSS, endocrinology and diabetes patients.

The Inpatient Program is responsible for at least 100 admissions per year for children with diabetes or children with endocrine disorders that require diagnostic work-up. Consultations on another 200 patients per year are requested by other services.

Additionally, the Division of Endocrinology has an ongoing contract with the City of Norfolk to provide health care for adolescents at the Norfolk Detention Home and covers a 15-bed children and 15-bed adolescent unit at Lake Taylor Hospital. All these children and adolescents are brain-injured or chronically ill with secondary mental retardation of varying degrees. Average bed census at Lake Taylor Hospital runs at 25 children and adolescents.