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Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 215–217 | Cite as

Low testosterone levels in pre-term newborns born small for gestational age

  • R. T. Scaramuzzo
  • A. Boldrini
  • S. Bertelloni
  • D. Parrini
  • L. Serino
  • P. Ghirri
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Abstract

Previous studies showed that small for gestational age (SGA) newborns have an increased prevalence of hypospadias and other congenital defects of external genitalia. We observed that in the first days of life, SGA male pre-term newborns have reduced testosterone levels compared with adequate for gestational age pre-term newborns, independently from the presence of abnormalities of the external genitalia.

Key Words

Adequate for gestational age hypospadias pre-term newborns small for gestational age testosterone 

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© Italian Society of Endocrinology (SIE) 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. T. Scaramuzzo
    • 1
  • A. Boldrini
    • 1
  • S. Bertelloni
    • 2
  • D. Parrini
    • 3
  • L. Serino
    • 1
  • P. Ghirri
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of NeonatologyItaly
  2. 2.Adolescence Medicine UnitItaly
  3. 3.Laboratory of Gynecological EndocrinologyItaly
  4. 4.Section of Neonatal Endocrinology and Dismorphology, Division of Neonatology, Department of Reproductive Medicine and Pediatrics, S. Chiara HospitalUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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