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Polycystic ovary syndrome 

Polycystic ovary syndrome
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Polycystic ovary syndrome
Author(s):

Enda McVeigh

, John Guillebaud

, and Roy Homburg

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199650682.003.0005
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date: 23 September 2021

Introduction

Definition

Prevalence

Aetiology

Pathophysiology

Management

Long-term health implications of PCOS

Further reading

In 1935, Stein and Leventhal first described the polycystic ovary as a frequent cause of irregular ovulation or anovulation in obese women seeking treatment for subfertility. The initial management of the condition was surgical, with wedge resection of the ovaries resulting in restoration of ovulation in the majority of cases. In the last two decades, the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has been studied intensely and, although the exact aetiology still escapes us, considerable knowledge of the prevalence, pathophysiology, and management of the syndrome has been gained....

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