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Salivary testosterone measurement in women with and without polycystic ovary syndrome

Kilpatrick, Eric S.; Dargham, Soha R.; Keevil, Brian; Atkin, Stephen L.; Al-Qaissi, Ahmed; Sathyapalan, Thozhukat; Adaway, Joanne; Atkin, Stephen; Dargham, Soha; Kilpatrick, Eric


Eric S. Kilpatrick

Soha R. Dargham

Brian Keevil

Stephen L. Atkin

Ahmed Al-Qaissi

Thozhukat Sathyapalan

Joanne Adaway

Stephen Atkin

Soha Dargham

Eric Kilpatrick


Clinical and/or biochemical hyperandrogenism is one of the diagnostic criteria for PCOS. An evaluation of the role of salivary testosterone (salT) and androstenedione (salA) for the diagnosis of PCOS was undertaken in a cross sectional study involving 65 women without PCOS and 110 women with PCOS fulfilling all 3 diagnostic Rotterdam criteria. Serum and salivary androgen measurements were determined by LC-MS/MS. salT and salA were significantly elevated in PCOS compared to controls (P<001). No androgen marker was more predictive than another using ROC curves, but multiple logistic regression suggested salT was more predictive than free androgen index (FAI)(p<0.01). The combination of salT or FAI identified 100% of PCOS women. PCOS women with both biochemical and clinical hyperandrogenism as opposed to clinical hyperandrogenism alone showed a metabolic phenotype (p<0.05) and insulin resistance(p<0.001). PCOS patients with an isolated elevated FAI showed increased insulin resistance compared to those with an isolated salT(P<0.05). salT appeared to be at least as predictive as FAI for the diagnosis of the classical PCOS phenotype, and the combination of salT or FAI identified 100% of PCOS patients. This suggests that salT measurement by LC-MS/MS holds the promise of complementing existing laboratory tests as a means of assessing hyperandrogenemia.

Publication Date Dec 1, 2017
Journal Scientific reports
Print ISSN 2045-2322
Electronic ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 1
Article Number ARTN 3589
Institution Citation Kilpatrick, E. S., Dargham, S. R., Keevil, B., Atkin, S. L., Al-Qaissi, A., Sathyapalan, T., …Kilpatrick, E. (2017). Salivary testosterone measurement in women with and without polycystic ovary syndrome. Scientific reports, 7(1),
Keywords Polycystic ovary syndrome, Testosterone
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Additional Information Copy of article first published in: Scientific reports, 2017, v.7


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