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      Therapy-Orientated Diagnosis of Secondary Amenorrhoea

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          A programme for investigation of secondary amenorrhoea is described, which is based upon a functional classification of the endocrine causes of anovulation. All diagnostic enquiries not directly yielding a therapeutic dividend are excluded from this protocol. Three main categories of amenorrhoea are recognised: primary ovarian disease, hyperprolactinaemia and disorders of gonadotrophin secretion. There are subdivisions of each category, each with its own special diagnostic and therapeutic implications. Initial investigations take 6 weeks to complete and include measurements of follicle-stimulating hormone and prolactin, pituitary radiology and assessment of oestrogen production and of the response to clomiphene. The results of analysis of 75 consecutive cases of amenorrhoea and of 18 patients treated for infertility are presented and a cost benefit analysis applied.

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          Journal
          HRE
          Horm Res Paediatr
          10.1159/issn.1663-2818
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          1663-2818
          1663-2826
          1975
          1975
          21 November 2008
          : 6
          : 4
          : 268-287
          Affiliations
          Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, and The Middlesex Hospital, London
          Article
          178700 Horm Res 1975;6:268–287
          10.1159/000178700
          773806
          © 1975 S. Karger AG, Basel

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