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Case report
Bilateral microscopic Leydig cell ovarian tumors in the postmenopausal woman

Abstract

A 64-year-old postmenopausal female patient presented with approximately 5 years of intermittent spotting, progressive hirsutism and significantly increased libido and clitoral hypersensitivity with spontaneous orgasms multiple times a day beginning a few months prior. Initial hormone work-up revealed elevated total serum testosterone, androstenedione and 17-hydroxyprogesterone. Luteinising hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, estradiol, dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate, thyroid stimulating hormone and prolactin were all within normal limits. Initial suspicions suggested an androgen-secreting tumour, likely in the ovary. The lesion was undetectable on transvaginal ultrasound and abdominal–pelvic CT scan. Laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy was performed to remove the likely source of excess androgens. Visible gross lesions were not observed intraoperatively; however, bilateral Leydig (hilus cell) tumours were confirmed by histopathology. Serum testosterone, androstenedione and 17-hydroxyprogesterone levels were normalised postoperatively within 2 weeks and 1 month, respectively.

  • gynaecological cancer
  • reproductive medicine
  • menopause (including HRT)

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