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Hinyokika Kiyo. 1994 Sep;40(9):807-11.

[Changes in the salivary testosterone level in aged].

[Article in Japanese]

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Department of Urology, Sapporo Medical University, School of Medicine.

Abstract

Measurement of the level of free testosterone is important in the evaluation of testicular function. Because most of the testosterone in the saliva is in the free form, measurement of the salivary testosterone level is considered to be effective for the evaluation of testicular function. In the present study, a commercial kit was employed to measure the salivary testosterone level, and the change in the salivary testosterone level with age was investigated. The subjects of this study were 76 males, 20-89 years of age, with no endocrinological diseases. The concentration of testosterone in the saliva was measured for each of the subjects, and for 34 of the subjects the concentrations of total testosterone and free testosterone in the serum were also measured at the same time. Standard serum was diluted to have a testosterone concentration of 50 pg/ml, and the results indicated that it was sufficiently possible to measure the salivary testosterone. The coefficient of correlation between the salivary testosterone concentration and the serum total testosterone concentration was 0.479 (p < 0.01), while the coefficient of correlation between the salivary testosterone concentration and the serum free testosterone concentration was 0.732 (p < 0.001). These findings thus indicate that the correlation between the salivary testosterone concentration and the serum free testosterone concentration is better than that between the salivary testosterone concentration and the serum total testosterone concentration. It was also demonstrated that the salivary testosterone concentration decreased significantly with aging after the fifth decade of life. The correlation coefficient for that relationship was -0.606 (p < 0.001), and the change was similar to that seen in the serum free testosterone concentration as a function of aging. The findings suggested that measurement of the salivary testosterone concentration with the commercial kit is useful for the evaluation of testicular function.

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7801841
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