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Diagnosis and treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome in adolescents.
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PMID:  23076041     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review what is understood about the pathophysiology of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), the diagnostic challenges of PCOS in adolescent women, associated risk factors, as well as the best evidence-based treatment options for adolescence. RECENT FINDINGS: Diagnosing PCOS in adolescents requires a unique set of criteria for which no single marker currently exists. Adolescents at high risk for developing the syndrome are congenital virilization, low birth weight, premature pubarche, central precocious puberty, large for gestational age girls born to overweight mothers, obesity syndromes, insulin-resistant features, and girls born to parents with PCOS, central obesity, or diabetes in whom PCOS ought to be suspected when associated with irregular menses. Insulin, hyperandrogenemia, and adipocytokines are integral players in the pathophysiology of PCOS. PCOS may be an inheritable trait; however, no gene has yet been identified. Quality of life remains a concern for young women with PCOS. Lifestyle modifications geared to prevent long-term sequelae remain the first-line treatment in conjunction with oral contraceptive pills. SUMMARY: Identifying PCOS in adolescents remains a diagnostic dilemma, but early intervention and treatment can improve long-term health.
Katrina F Nicandri; Kathleen Hoeger
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-15
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Title:  Current opinion in endocrinology, diabetes, and obesity     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1752-2978     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101308636     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA.
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