DR A QURESHI, MBChB,MD,FRCP
  Endocrinologist | Diabetes Consultant | Harley Street Clinic

 

13-14 Devonshire Street London W1G 7AE Tel: ++44 (0)7733 595 617

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POLYCYSTIC OVARY  SYNDROME

Who it affects
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common disorder affecting 10 to 20% of women.

What gland is involved
The ovaries 

Symptoms
Not all women have all the features polycystic ovary syndrome. Symptoms that may occur individually or in combination include an irregular menstrual cycle, excess hair growth and problems with weight and conception.

Diagnosis
There is no single diagnostic test for this syndrome. Investigations that patient may undergo include blood tests (e.g. serum testosterone, LH, FSH) and ultrasound scans (transvaginal or transabdominal scan of the ovaries).

Treatment
Treatment is tailored to individual patients and is dependent on which symptom(s) is experienced. A healthy lifestyle with weight control is helpful in almost all patients.

Specific treatments may include the oral contraceptive pill for menstrual irregularity, Dianette or Vaniqua cream for excess hair growth. Treatments such as spironolactone, flutamide and finasteride are sometimes used in the treatment of hirsuitism. Medication used in this area are often used off licence, i.e. used for a reason not detailed in the drug`s licence.

Not all patients have difficulty with conception. Those that do, may require specialist treatment in a fertility unit.

Outlook
Patient with polycystic ovary syndrome have this disorder lifelong. The severity of symptoms may vary with time and the focus of treatment is likely to vary at different stages of the patient`s life. Treatment is therefore likely to vary with time.

 

ENDOCRINE CONDITIONS
Adrenal Insufficiency
Addison's Disease
Conn's syndrome
Cushing's Syndrome
Goitre (enlarged thyroid)
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Hirsutism
Hypercalcaemia
Hyperparathroidism

ENDOCRINE CONDITIONS
Hypopituitarism
Hyperprolactinaemia
Hyperthyroidism
Hypopituitarism
Hypothyroidism
Obesity
Osteoporosis
Pituitary Tumour
Phaeochromocytoma

ENDOCRINE CONDITIONS
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Primary Adrenal Failure
Prolactinomas
Radioiodine
Thyroid nodule
Thyroid Cancer
Thyroiditis
Type 1 diabetes (insulin pumps)
Type 2 diabetes

TREATMENTS
Adrenal surgery
Bariatric surgery
Parathyroid surgery
Pituitary surgery
Radioiodine
Thyroid surgery


DICTIONARY

Endocrine Dictionary

       

Dr A Qureshi is a consultant endocrinologist and diabetologist who consults at The Harley Street Clinic, London, UK.  He specialises in disorders such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, hypopituitarism, Addison’s disease, hypertension and diabetes. 
To arrange an appointment, please call:

APPOINTMENTS :   ++44 (0)7733  595 617

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