Do the symptoms of PCOS ever suggest anything more serious?

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HealthyWomen
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The symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can suggest more serious conditions, including an androgen-producing tumor, Cushing's syndrome, hyperprolactinemia, adrenal hyperplasia, or hypothyroidism. A thorough diagnosis of PCOS is important, especially if your levels of testosterone are above a certain level, or you have symptoms of "virilization" such as facial beard, clitoromegaly (enlarged clitoris), balding at the temples, deepening voice or muscle enlargement.

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