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Prevalence of polycystic ovaries in women with acne

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The prevalence of polycystic ovaries was determined by pelvic ultrasound imaging in 119 women (mean age, 23.6±6.06 years; range, 14–45 years) with acne but with no menstrual disorders, obesity, or hirsutism, and in 35 healthy controls (mean age, 25±5.8 years; range, 21–40 years). Polycystic ovaries were found in 54 out of 119 patients with acne (45.37%) and in 6 out of 35 controls (17.14%). The results of this study indicate that polycystic ovaries are common in women with acne and not necessarily associated with menstrual disorders, obesity, or hirsutism.

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Peserico, A., Angeloni, G., Bertoli, P. et al. Prevalence of polycystic ovaries in women with acne. Arch Dermatol Res 281, 502–503 (1989).

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