© 2007

Androgen Excess Disorders in Women

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Other Disorders

  • Ricardo Azziz
  • John E. Nestler
  • Didier Dewailly

Part of the Contemporary Endocrinology book series (COE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-16
    2. Ricardo Azziz
      Pages 3-16
  3. Physiology of Androgens

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-72
    2. Walter L. Miller, David H. Geller, Mitchell Rosen
      Pages 19-33
    3. C. Richard Parker Jr.
      Pages 35-47
    4. T. Keta Hodgson, Glenn D. Braunstein
      Pages 49-62
    5. Frank Z. Stanczyk
      Pages 63-72
  4. Uncommon Causes of Androgen Excess

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-144
    2. Michel Pugeat, Gérald Raverot, Ingrid Plotton, Aude Brac de la Perrière, Pascale Mirakian, Henri Déchaud et al.
      Pages 75-84
    3. Anne-Céline Reyss, Didier Dewailly
      Pages 85-89
    4. Didier Dewailly, Ricardo Azziz
      Pages 91-106
    5. Howard D. McClamrock
      Pages 107-119
    6. Barbara Neraud, Didier Dewailly
      Pages 121-127
    7. David E. Moller, Antonio Vidal-Puig, Ricardo Azziz
      Pages 129-138
    8. Enrico Carmina
      Pages 139-144
  5. The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-362
    2. Walter Futterweit, Evanthia Diamanti-Kandarakis, Ricardo Azziz
      Pages 155-167

About this book


The field of androgen excess disorders has advanced substantially since the original publication of this book. The Androgen Excess Society (AES) was founded to bring together investigators in the field. A better understanding of the screening, progression, and molecular genetics of nonclassic adrenal hyperplasia (NCAH) has improved the clinical care and diagnostic accuracy of these patients. New criteria for the diagnosis of the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) were proposed in Rotterdam, criteria that have resulted in controversy and, hopefully, initiation of new studies. The association of insulin resistance with PCOS has been strengthened, and the role of metformin in tre- ing the infertility of the PCOS has been validated. Risks for diabetes and, more cont- versially, cardiovascular disease in women with PCOS have received substantial investigation. Our understanding of the epidemiology and economic impact of these disorders has expanded, emphasizing their critical importance. These are but a few highlights of how the terrain has changed in a relatively brief period of time. In keeping with these advances, the title of this book has been revised to reflect the growing importance of PCOS as the most prevalent androgen excess disorder in women, and arguably, as the one that might have the most serious adverse consequences for general health. There are fewer chapters to provide a more focused elucidation of the area. Several chapters were penned by new (and young) authors who are conducting cutting-edge research in the field.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ricardo Azziz
    • 1
  • John E. Nestler
    • 2
  • Didier Dewailly
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Androgen Related Disorders, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Department of MedicineThe David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos Angeles, CA
  2. 2.Department of Internal MedicineVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond
  3. 3.Department of Endocrine Gynaecology and Reproductive MedicineLille University HospitalLilleFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Androgen Excess Disorders in Women
  • Book Subtitle Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Other Disorders
  • Editors Ricardo Azziz
  • Series Title Contemporary Endocrinology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press Inc. 2007
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-58829-663-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-61737-704-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59745-179-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 488
  • Number of Illustrations 81 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Endocrinology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
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Internal Medicine & Dermatology


From the reviews:

"...a timely update of a rapidly mushrooming area of the reproductive literature." -TRENDS in Endocrinology andf Metabolism

"This is a thoughtful, focused approach to androgen excess in women. The book is well organized and the format makes identification of specific topics easy. … This book is targeted at both researchers and clinicians in the field of androgen excess and it serves that audience well. … a good resource. It is helpful to have so many aspects of androgen excess addressed in a single source by knowledgeable authors." (Suma Dronavalli, Doody’s Review Service, December, 2006)