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Monday, December 10, 2012

Virilization and Endocrine Glands - Lesson 325

Virilization is the topic matter of today's lesson in the series of endocrine glands abnormal conditions. Today we will see about virilization or adrenal virilism.  This is an abnormal condition of excessive secretion of the hormone androgen by adrenal cortex of the kidneys.

Causes of Adrenal Virilism:  The common reason for the excessive secretion of androgen is hyperplasia of adrenal cortex or may be due to a growth of a tumor on adrenal cortex. Virilization or adrenal virilism is commonly found in adult women.

Symptoms of adrenal virilism:  Common symptoms of virilization in female is no regular mensus or amenorrhea, excessive growth of hair in face and body in women, voice deepening or any formation of acne in the skin.

Treatment for Adrenal Virlism: Common treatment for adrenal virilism is to administer drugs to reduce the production of androgen or in  serious conditions, the adrenal cortex with abnormal growth of tumor may be surgically removed by a procedure called adrenalectomy.

Virilization may happen both in men and women of all age groups.