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Precocious pseudopuberty associated with multiple ovarian follicular cysts and low plasma oestradiol concentrations

Abstract

A 6 year 11 month old girl had pseudoprecocious puberty caused by multiple ovarian follicular cysts. In contrast to previously reported patients, oestrogen levels in blood and urine were not elevated though gonadotropins were suppressed. Despite the lack of measurable oestrogen elevation the child developed distinct oestrogenic effects. After removal of large bilateral ovarian cysts endocrine aberrations normalized and precocity regressed.

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Abbreviations

E2 :

oestradiol

FSH:

follicle-stimulating hormone

GnRH:

gonadotropin releasing hormone

HCG:

human chorionic gonadotropin

17-KS:

17-ketosteroids

LH:

luteinising hormone

17-OHCS:

17-hydroxycorticosteroids

SHBG:

sex hormone binding globulin

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Sinnecker, G., Willig, R.P., Stahnke, N. et al. Precocious pseudopuberty associated with multiple ovarian follicular cysts and low plasma oestradiol concentrations. Eur J Pediatr 148, 600–602 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00441508

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Key words

  • Precocious pseudopuberty
  • Ovarian follicular cysts