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Endocrine Abstracts (2018) 59 EP91 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.59.EP91

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An unusual case of hirsutism, baldness and ovarian leiomyoma

Susie Jacob , Rebecca Lewis & Emma Ward

St James University Hospital, Leeds, UK.

A 60-year-old woman presented to the endocrine clinic with significant hirsutism and male-pattern baldness, progressive since the menopause 5 years earlier. She was otherwise fit and well. Testing revealed an elevated serum testosterone of 14.2 nmol/L. A CT scan revealed a large malignant 19 cm mass arising from the left adnexa, a large fibroid uterus and 2 small masses in the left kidney. Other abdominal organs were normal with no visible ascites. With the presumption of malignancy, she underwent a staging laparotomy under the gynaecology oncology team, which included a total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. Histology confirmed multiple intra-mural uterine leiomyomas and a benign ovarian leiomyoma confined to the capsule of different morphology. Her symptoms of hirsutism resolved within 5 months of surgery with significant head hair re-growth. A repeat testosterone was returned to normal (0.3 nmol/L). Ovarian leiomyomas are rare constituting <1% of benign ovarian tumours. The majority co-exist with uterine leiomyomas. Leiomyomas constitute smooth muscle overgrowth and are not usually related to androgen production. There have only been sporadic reports of virilisation and ovarian leiomyomas in the literature. Androgen production in conjunction with ovarian leiomyoma, is considered secondary to thecal cell irritation by tumour growth. This case serves to remind that androgenic symptoms in the postmenopausal woman may be related to ovarian tumours and should be considered in the differential diagnosis. Surgical treatment is highly successful, returning most women to their norm. Incidentally, the renal masses in this case may reflect a wider case of leiomyomatous disease.

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Society for Endocrinology BES 2018

Glasgow, UK
19 Nov 2018 - 21 Nov 2018

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