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What is the evaluation process for sex hormone producing tumors?

The first step in the evaluation of a patient with a sex hormone producing tumor is to have a complete history and physical examination by a physician to evaluate for the signs and symptoms. In terms of blood tests, high levels of testosterone and urinary 17-ketosteroids are suggestive of an androgen producing tumor. Elevation of DHEA-S is more indicative of an adrenal androgen-producing tumor. Elevated estrogens and urinary 17-ketosteroids are often seen in patients with feminizing tumors. 

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