Hospital Of Clinicas De

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hospital Of Clinicas De

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Spritzer P.M.,Hospital Of Clinicas Of Porto Alegre Hcpa | Spritzer P.M.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Barone C.R.,Hospital Of Clinicas De | De Oliveira F.B.,Hospital Of Clinicas De
Current Pharmaceutical Design | Year: 2016

Background: Hirsutism is defined as the presence of terminal hair with male distribution in women, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common etiology of hirsutism. Methods: The aim of this study is to review aspects of hair growth that are relevant for the understanding of hirsutism in PCOS, along with current treatment alternatives. Results: The prevalence of hirsutism in PCOS ranges from 70 to 80%, vs. 4% to 11% in women in the general population. Hirsutism in PCOS is associated with both ovarianderived androgen excess and individual sensitivity of the pilosebaceous unit to androgens. Interventions to decrease hirsutism in PCOS include the suppression of androgen excess by combined oral contraceptives (OCPs). If OCPs are contraindicated, mainly in the presence of insulin-resistance related comorbidities, a second-line option for reducing androgen secretion may be metformin associated with lifestyle changes. Other interventions should be guided by hirsutism severity, determined by the modified Ferriman-Gallwey score, and by the amount of distress hirsutism causes to the patient, and should be maintained for at least 6-12 months. Mild hirsutism is usually treated with a combination of non-pharmacological methods and OCPs, whereas moderate and severe hirsutism may require a combination of antiandrogens and OCPs, or, if OCPs cannot be used, antiandrogens plus a safe contraceptive method. In all cases, strong clinical support is crucial to ensure treatment adherence and success. Conclusion: The understanding of the pathophysiology of hirsutism in PCOS, as well as classifying its severity and the distress it causes to each patient is essential to choose the proper treatment. The presence of metabolic comorbidities and menstrual disturbances will also guide the individualized management of hirsutism in women with PCOS. © 2016 Bentham Science Publishers.


Kaercher C.W.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Genro V.K.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Genro V.K.,Human Reproduction Center | Souza C.A.,Hospital Of Clinicas De | And 6 more authors.
BMC Women's Health | Year: 2011

Background: Previous studies have associated chronic pelvic pain with a stereotyped pattern of movement and posture, lack of normal body sensations, a characteristic pain distribution. We aimed at evaluating if these postural changes are detectable in baropodometry results in patients with chronic pelvic pain.Methods: We performed a prospective study in a university hospital. We selected 32 patients suffering from chronic pelvic pain (study group) and 30 women without this pathology (regular gynecological work out - control group). Pain scores and baropodometric analysis were performed.Results: As expected, study group presented higher pain scores than control group. Study and control groups presented similar averages for the maximum pressures to the left and right soles as well as soles supports in the forefeet and hind feet. Women suffering from chronic pelvic pain did not present differences in baropodometric analysis when compared to healthy controls.Conclusions: This data demonstrates that postural abnormalities resulting from CPP could not be demonstrated by baropodometric evaluation. Other postural measures should be addressed to evaluate pelvic pain patients. © 2011 Kaercher et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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