What is the evaluation process for sex hormone producing tumors?

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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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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.
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