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Clin Biochem Rev. 2007 Aug;28(3):79-92.

The changing role of the clinical laboratory in the investigation of polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Vascular Biochemistry, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, UK. mwallace@gri-biochem.org.uk

Abstract

In this review we outline clinical features, presentation and pathogenesis of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), treatment objectives and therapeutic options. We focus on and outline the changing role of the clinical laboratory in diagnosis and treatment of this condition. We also review recent information on the involvement of insulin resistance in the syndrome. We provide some explanation for confusion over the selection of the best hormone measurements for diagnosis. Finally, we outline the best current and future laboratory support for this common condition in young women.

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17909612
PMCID:
PMC1994111
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