Pediatric Annals

CME Article 

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Abstract

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a heterogeneous familial disorder characterized by hyperandrogenism and chronic anovulation with onset during the peripubertal years. PCOS was initially reported in 1935 as Stein-Leventhal syndrome. Clinical features include amenorrhea, hirsutism, obesity, and enlarged polycystic ovaries. Since PCOS represents a collection of symptoms, numerous discussions have ensued to derive a consensus regarding the diagnostic criteria.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Constance Y. Baldwin, MD, is Fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Selma Feldman Witchel, MD, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Address correspondence to: Selma Feldman Witchel, MD, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, 3705 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or selma.witchel@chp.edu.

The authors disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Abstract

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a heterogeneous familial disorder characterized by hyperandrogenism and chronic anovulation with onset during the peripubertal years. PCOS was initially reported in 1935 as Stein-Leventhal syndrome. Clinical features include amenorrhea, hirsutism, obesity, and enlarged polycystic ovaries. Since PCOS represents a collection of symptoms, numerous discussions have ensued to derive a consensus regarding the diagnostic criteria.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Constance Y. Baldwin, MD, is Fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Selma Feldman Witchel, MD, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Address correspondence to: Selma Feldman Witchel, MD, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, 3705 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or selma.witchel@chp.edu.

The authors disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

10.3928/0090-4481-20061201-04

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