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      Investigative Strategy of Hyperandrogenism in Women

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          Investigative procedures in the assessment of female hyperandrogenism are reviewed. Based on their experience, the authors suggest an inexpensive investigative strategy in hyperandrogenic females consisting of the following: the first step depends upon the clinical symptoms – in cases of hirsutism with regular menstrual cycles, plasma testosterone (T) and plasma dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHA-S) are assayed, and the basal body temperature chart is recorded. In cases of hirsutism with irregular or anovulatory menstrual cycles, in addition to T and DHA-S, plasma 17-hydroxyprogesterone and urinary-free cortisol are assayed. In case of anovulation without hirsutism, T and DHA-S are assayed, and the LHRH test is performed. The results of this first investigation allow to attribute to the woman one of the six following hormone profiles: (1) metabolic hyperadrenalism; (2) tumoral hyperandrogenism; (3) 21-hydroxylase defect; (4) nontumoral DHA-S increase; (5) nontumoral ovarian hyperandrogenism; (6) idiopathic hirsutism. The additional investigative procedures required in each of these groups are detailed.

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          Journal
          HRE
          Horm Res Paediatr
          10.1159/issn.1663-2818
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-3728-5
          978-3-318-01943-8
          1663-2818
          1663-2826
          1983
          1983
          26 November 2008
          : 18
          : 1-3
          : 106-116
          Affiliations
          Service d’Endocrinologie et de Diabétologie, CHR de Lille, France
          Article
          179783 Horm Res 1983;18:106–116
          10.1159/000179783
          6224728
          © 1983 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 11
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          Round Table on Exploration and Treatment of Hyperandrogenism in the Woman

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