The steroid profile of a virilizing ovarian tumor.
A case report of a 25-year-old female with a sex cord stromal virilizing ovarian tumor is presented. The pathway of ovarian steroid secretion in this tumor is elucidated with the dominant elements being pregnenolone, 17-hydroxypregnenolone, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, androstenedione, and testosterone. The tumor primarily made testosterone (T) with lesser elevations of androstenedione (A), dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Expert pathologic opinions differed whether this neoplasm was a Sertoli-Leydig tumor or a virilizing granulosa tumor; therefore, it was probably a gynandroblastoma. A unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy was performed and the patient promptly resumed normal ovarian function with ovulation.
Soules, MR; Abraham, GE; Bossen, EH
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