Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group

Recommendations from the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group on measuring circadian hormones, short stature and delaying puberty.

Do not rely on random measures of circadian hormones for diagnostic purposes.

Date reviewed: 25 September 2017

Numerous hormones, such as growth hormone and testosterone, are subject to circadian rhythms. Relying on random measures of these hormones is therefore of limited diagnostic utility as their levels may peak and plateau at particular times throughout the day. Unless adjustments are made to take account of these circadian rhythms then random readings will not be sufficiently informative.

Supporting evidence
  • Ayling R. More guidance on growth hormone deficiency. J Clin Pathol 2004; 57(2):123–5.
  • Brambilla DJ, Matsumoto AM, Araujo AB, et al. The effect of diurnal variation on clinical measurement of serum testosterone and other sex hormone levels in men. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2009; 94(3):907–13.
  • Hawkes C, Grimberg A. Measuring growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-I in infants: what is normal? Pediatr Endocrinol Rev 2013; 11(2):126–46.
How this list was made How this list was made

A working group of lead clinicians from APEG brainstormed an initial list of 11 low-value practices in paediatric endocrinology and a preliminary review of the evidence for each was undertaken. An online survey was developed based on these 11 recommendations along with a summary of the evidence for each, and circulated to APEG members for their feedback. For each recommendation, respondents were asked to assign a score from 1 to 5 (where 1 = strongly disagree and 5 = strongly agree) on two criteria: ‘The recommendation is evidence based’ and ‘The recommendation is relevant to paediatric endocrinology in Australasia’. Based on the recommendations which received the highest average total scores, and after a final in-depth review of the related evidence, the final top five were chosen and approved by APEG.

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