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17 Androgen Secreting Ovarian Tumor - A Rare Cause Of Hyperandrogenism in Women of Reproductive Age

Varsha Reddy, MD; Michelle Orlowski, DO; Dar, Suhail MD Corresponding author:

Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic Division of Endocrinology Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Roanoke

Hyperandrogenism is a condition that affects approximately 5-10% of women of reproductive age.1 While there are many causes, one rare etiology is a primary androgen secreting ovarian tumor, which accounts for 1% of all ovarian tumor cases and is the cause of 0.2% of hyperandrogenism cases.2,3 We report a case of a 46-year-old female who was evaluated in the emergency department on multiple occasions due to persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, and abdominal pain. During these visits a workup included a CTA chest and CT abdomen/pelvis, which were notable for bilateral pleural effusions of unknown etiology, a 13.5 cm left pelvic mass, and an enlarged uterus. She was subsequently evaluated by Gynecological Oncology due to these findings, where she reported a history of irregular menstrual cycles followed by amenorrhea at the age of 36, hirsutism, increasing abdominal girth over the course of several years, and right breast discharge. Physical exam demonstrated acne, significant hirsutism, and clitoromegaly consistent with hyperandrogenism. Lab work was significant for an elevated total testosterone of 3,400 (2-45 ng/dL),

DHEA-S of 315 (19-231 mcg/dL), estradiol of 348 (postmenopausal <0.5-138 pg/mL), 17-OHP of 18,126 (postmenopausal

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