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Polycystic ovary syndrome in adolescents: a review of past year evidence

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Purpose of review

Despite the fact that polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common disorder, much remains unknown or controversial regarding the cause, diagnosis, and management of this disorder, particularly in adolescents where normal pubertal events can overlap with the PCOS phenotype.

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We put forth a critical assessment of recent literature on PCOS in adolescents, with particular focus on new information regarding the pathogenesis, diagnosis, associated morbidities, and management.Summary

Although the evidence is increasing, there is still a critical need for large, prospective studies of adolescents with PCOS. Given the current level of evidence, a definitive diagnosis of PCOS is not necessary to effectively identify and treat manifestations of this syndrome in adolescents. Currently, ovarian imaging is not recommended in the diagnostic evaluation of PCOS in adolescents until high-quality data for defining polycystic ovarian morphology are available in this age group. Weight loss remains the safest and most effective treatment option for obese or overweight adolescents with PCOS. Clinicians should be mindful of the significant associated psychological morbidity and effectively screen and manage these conditions in adolescents with manifestations of PCOS.
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Keywords: adolescents; diagnosis; management; morbidity; polycystic ovary syndrome

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Children's Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 2: Division of Adolescent Medicine, Nationwide Children's Hospital 3: Division of Adolescent Medicine, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Center for Clinical and Translational Research, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Publication date: October 1, 2016

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