Adult onset idiopathic hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism may be overdiagnosed

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7158.600 (Published 29 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:600
  1. Richard Quinton, Senior registrar,
  2. Gerard S Conway, Consultant endocrinologist,
  3. Howard S Jacobs, Professor of reproductive endocrinology,
  4. Pierre-Marc G Bouloux, Reader in endocrinology.,
  5. Mark P J Vanderpump, Consultant endocrinologist
  1. Division of Endocrinology, University College London Medical School, London W1N 8AA
  2. North Middlesex Hospital, London N18 1QX

    EDITOR —Tweed and Roland made an important point in their Lesson of the Week on diagnosing adult onset idiopathic hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism.1 We have found that although biochemical testing and cranial imaging are performed routinely to exclude other hypothalamopituitary disorders, serum iron studies are often neglected.

    The prevalence of idiopathic or isolated hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism has been estimated at …

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