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Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2000 Mar;27(1):63-78.

Abnormal uterine bleeding in adolescents.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA.


Irregular bleeding is a common complaint of adolescents and is responsible for approximately 50% of gynecologic visits in that age group. Most abnormal bleeding in adolescents is caused by immaturity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis resulting in anovulation. Approximately 20% of adolescents have an underlying disorder requiring targeted diagnostic testing. A thorough history and physical examination and laboratory findings will often reveal the source of abnormal bleeding. Appropriate treatment is then directed to the underlying cause.

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