Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Obstet Gynecol. 2002 Nov;100(5 Pt 2):1099-102.

Androgen-secreting adrenal adenomas.

Author information

  • 1Division of Endocrinology, Hospital de Clínicas, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The androgen source in women with hirsutism and signs of virilism may be the ovary or adrenal gland.

CASES:

Three patients with androgen excess are reported. Two had hyperandrogenemia and Cushing syndrome with an adrenal mass greater than 5.5 cm; the third had a small adrenal adenoma secreting only testosterone and responsive to human chorionic gonadotropin. In all cases, the pathologic report from surgery and the long-term resolution of symptoms confirmed the benign nature of the tumors.

CONCLUSION:

Basal and dynamic hormonal tests cannot precisely differentiate ovarian from adrenal tumors. Adrenal adenomas must be considered as a cause of hyperandrogenic syndrome.

PMID:
12423821
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk