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J Paediatr Child Health. 2014 Sep;50(9):739-41. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12495. Epub 2014 Feb 19.

Low testosterone in a male adolescent bodybuilder: Which diagnosis holds more weight?

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Child Health Research Unit, Barwon Health, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract

We present the case of a 16-year-old male who presented reporting a 6-month history of lowered mood, fatigue, anhedonia, disturbed sleep and heightened anxiety. On further questioning he reported restricted eating and weightlifting for at least 1 h on a daily basis. Investigations revealed findings compatible with secondary hypogonadism. The potential causes of secondary hypogonadism including structural lesions, muscle dysmorphia and use of illicit anabolic steroids are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

eating disorder; hypogonadism; nutritional supplement; performance-enhancing substance; testosterone

PMID:
24548000
DOI:
10.1111/jpc.12495
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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