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Fertil Steril. 2010 Nov;94(6):2331.e1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2010.03.042. Epub 2010 Apr 22.

Anabolic steroids purchased on the Internet as a cause of prolonged hypogonadotropic hypogonadism.

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Internal Medicine and Endocrinology Unit, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To report a case of hypogonadotropic hypogonadism due to the chronic abuse of anabolic steroids purchased over the Internet.

DESIGN:

Case report.

SETTING:

Endocrinology unit of the University of Brescia.

PATIENT(S):

A 34-year-old man.

INTERVENTION(S):

A single dose (100 μg) of triptorelin (triptorelin test).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):

Clinical symptoms, androgen normalization, levels of serum testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone.

RESULT(S):

Within 1 month, the patient's serum testosterone was in the normal range, and he reported a return to normal energy and libido.

CONCLUSION(S):

The World Anti-Doping Code has proved to be a very powerful and effective tool in the harmonization of antidoping efforts worldwide, but it is insufficient to combat this illegal phenomenon. To tackle the serious side effects caused by doping we believe that it is necessary to increase monitoring and adopt severe sanctions, particularly with regard to Internet sites.

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