Hyperandrogenemia in patients presenting with acne

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  • Objective: To determine whether acne is associated with hyperandrogenemia, regardless of age of presentation. Design: Prospective controlled study.Setting: Tertiary-care medical center. Patient(s): Thirty consecutive unselected women presenting with acne and no hirsutism and 24 eumenorrheic healthy controls. Intervention(s): Serum samples was taken in all patients, and an acute 60-minute ACTH-(1-24) test was performed in 19 patients. Main Outcome Measure(s): Total and free T, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), and DHEAS levels in basal samples, and ACTH-stimulated 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-HP) response to exclude 21-hydroxylase (21-OH)-deficient nonclassic adrenal hyperplasia (NCAH) were determined. Result(s): Nonhirsute patients with acne demonstrated significantly lower levels of SHBG and higher free-T and DHEAS levels than controls. Nineteen (63%) acneic patients had at least one androgen value above the 95% of controls. In patients aged 12-18 years, 7/8 (88%) had at least one increased androgen value, compared with 12/22 (55%) patients aged 19-43 years. One patient (5.3%) was found to have 21-OH-deficient NCAH. Conclusion(s): Hyperandrogenemia was evident in a majority of nonhirsute acneic patients studied, regardless of age. These data suggest that androgen suppression may be useful in treating acne in many of these patients. Copyright © 2001 American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
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  • Slayden SM; Moran C; Sams WM; Boots LR; Azziz R
  • Start Page

  • 889
  • End Page

  • 892
  • Volume

  • 75
  • Issue

  • 5