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Womens Health (Lond). 2015 Jul;11(4):501-12. doi: 10.2217/whe.15.13. Epub 2015 Mar 10.

A comprehensive approach in diagnosing the polycystic ovary syndrome.

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Endocrinology Unit, Department of Medical & Surgical Sciences, University Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna, S Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, 40138 Bologna, Italy.

Abstract

The polycystic ovary syndrome is the commonest hyperandrogenic and dysmetabolic disorder in women that, by definition, may present with different phenotypes, including the classic forms and those with a milder presentation. Its diagnosis is mainly based on careful clinical judgment, although it may require additional investigation by blood testing or imaging techniques in the differential diagnosis of androgen excess. This article summarizes the most important aspects of the diagnostic procedure and suggests how to apply them in clinical practice.

KEYWORDS:

Type 2 diabetes; androgens; infertility; insulin resistance; obesity; polycystic ovary syndrome

PMID:
25756387
DOI:
10.2217/whe.15.13
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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