Women with amenorrhea and polycystic ovaries (PCO) seem to present a relative degree of protection against bone loss caused by hypoestrogenism. We treated 20 patients affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH-a) for 6 months. After treatment mean bone mineral density (BMD) significantly decreased. We concluded that patients with PCOS have to be considered at risk of developing osteopenia when treated with GnRH-a. The relative protection against osteoporosis, that is present in amenorrheic patients with PCO, might be attributed to the characteristics of amenorrhea in these patients.

Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists administration in polycystic ovary syndrome. Effects on bone mass / G. Lupoli, C. Di Carlo, V. Nuzzo, G. Vitale, D. Russo, S. Palomba, C. Nappi. - In: JOURNAL OF ENDOCRINOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION. - ISSN 0391-4097. - 20:8(1997 Sep), pp. 493-496. [10.1007/BF03348007]

Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists administration in polycystic ovary syndrome. Effects on bone mass

G. Vitale;
1997

Abstract

Women with amenorrhea and polycystic ovaries (PCO) seem to present a relative degree of protection against bone loss caused by hypoestrogenism. We treated 20 patients affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH-a) for 6 months. After treatment mean bone mineral density (BMD) significantly decreased. We concluded that patients with PCOS have to be considered at risk of developing osteopenia when treated with GnRH-a. The relative protection against osteoporosis, that is present in amenorrheic patients with PCO, might be attributed to the characteristics of amenorrhea in these patients.
Bone mineral density; Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists; Osteopenia; Osteoporosis; Polycystic ovary syndrome
Settore MED/13 - Endocrinologia
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