The endocrine system includes the glands in the body that produce hormones that affect everything from metabolism to sleep. When hormone levels are too high or too low, they can cause problems with a child’s growth and development. Randall Children’s Hospital is committed to the latest technology, care and information to help children with endocrine disorders reach their health goals and live a healthy life. 

Understanding endocrine disorders 

The most common type of endocrine disorder is diabetes, which results when the body can’t produce enough insulin to turn sugars into energy. Because the endocrine system involves glands throughout the body, it can affect the health of a child in a number of ways. Our experts are highly skilled in understanding various endocrine conditions, especially when they involve children.  

We treat many endocrine disorders, including: 

  • Adrenal insufficiency—the body is unable to produce enough cortisol, a hormone that helps the body respond to illness and injury. 
  • Cushing’s Syndrome—when a child’s body produces too much cortisol, it can affect growth, puberty, weight and mood. 
  • Hyperthyroidism—an overactive thyroid can lead to weight loss, irregular heartbeat and nervousness. 
  • Hypothyroidism—fatigue, weight gain and decreased growth are among the issues that occur when a child’s body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. 
  • Sept-Optic Dysplasia—this disorder in early brain development affects the optic nerves of the eye. 
  • Type 1 Diabetes—this chronic disease occurs when a child’s body doesn’t produce enough insulin.
  • Type 2 Diabetes—the most common type of diabetes is growing among children.
  • Transgender services—we can assist with pubertal suppression and cross hormone therapy following an appropriate mental health evaluation.

We are here to help 

Our award-winning care for children and adolescents with diabetes and endocrine disorders focuses on the specific needs of young patients. We have the ability to treat both the physical and emotional concerns of children, and we offer the resources and support to put your family at ease. 

Our services 

  • Comprehensive clinical and educational services for families and their children dealing with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Treatment for endocrine conditions, including growth and puberty concerns, thyroid and adrenal disorders, pituitary hormone and bone conditions. 
  • Nutrition classes for families

Our providers

Our locations

Our diabetes and endocrine experts provide the support you and your child need. 
 
Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel 
Medical Office Building 2 
501 N. Graham, Suite 375 
Portland, OR 97227 
Map/Directions
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Phone: 503-413-1600 
 
Randall Children's Specialty Clinics at Legacy Medical Group–Cornell 
1960 N.W. 167th Place, Suite 103 
Beaverton, OR 97006
Map/Directions
Phone: 503-413-1600 
 
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center 

Medical Office Building B 
2101 N.E. 139th St., Suite 200 
Vancouver, WA 98686
Map/Directions
Phone: 503-413-1600 

Outreach locations

We have several outreach clinic locations from Eugene to Longview, including Corvallis and Bend. Not all of our physicians work at these clinics. Please call 503-413-1600 to see if one of these clinics would work for you. 

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