Virilization due to steroids

A case of recurrent maternal virilization associated with bilateral hyperthecosis of the ovary during two pregnancies is described. In the first pregnancy, serum testosterone increased to the level of nmol/l and in the second pregnancy to 35 nmol/l and after delivery to 66 nmol/l. 5 months after the second birth the testosterone level was nmol/l and virilization had spontaneously regressed. Puerperal stimulation tests with human menopausal or with human chorionic gonadotropin did not increase ovarian androgen production. Female babies were not virilized.

Patients scored significantly higher on VHI when the results were divided into no/mild, moderate and severe voice handicap as compared with the control subjects. They rated significantly higher for ‘dark voice’ and for ‘being perceived as a man on the phone’ compared with controls. Seven per cent of the women with CAH had voice problems clearly related to voice virilization. High ratings of dark voice were significantly associated with long periods of under-treatment with glucocorticoids and higher bone mineral density but not with severity of mutation.

The suggested dosage for androgens varies depending on the age, and diagnosis of the individual patient. Dosage is adjusted according to the patient’s response and the appearance of adverse reactions. The dosage guideline for the testosterone pellets for replacement therapy in androgen-deficient males is 150mg to 450mg subcutaneously every 3 to 6 months. Various dosage regimens have been used to induce pubertal changes in hypogonadal males; some experts have advocated lower doses initially, gradually increasing the dose as puberty progresses, with or without a decrease in maintenance levels. Other experts emphasize that higher dosages are needed to induce pubertal changes and lower dosages can be used for maintenance after puberty. The chronological and skeletal ages must be taken into consideration, both in determining the initial dose and in adjusting the dose.

Virilization due to steroids

virilization due to steroids


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