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Virilization in a pregnancy


M W Niranjala ,

Consultant Endocrinologist, Teaching Hospital, Anuradhapura, LK
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C N Wijeyaratne,

Professor in Reproductive Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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G K C Jayalath

Honorary Consultant Physician, De Soysa Hospital for Women, Colombo, LK
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We describe a 29-year old pregnant woman with history of primary hypothyroidism and impaired glucose tolerance presenting in her third trimester with preeclampsia and virilization. Initial investigations revealed markedly elevated serum testosterone, 17 hydroxy-progesterone and a non-suppressed serum cortisol following overnight dexamethasone. Imaging of the adrenals proved normal. At lower segment caesarean section, she had markedly enlarged ovaries with multiple haemorrhagic cysts; compatible with hyperreactio luteinalis. At two months postpartum, there was complete resolution of biochemical hyperandrogenemia with normalization of ovaries. Other causes of virilization such as late onset congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Cushing’s syndrome and placental aromatase deficiency were excluded.


Sri Lanka Journal of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism 2012; 2: 43-45


How to Cite: Niranjala, M.W., Wijeyaratne, C.N. and Jayalath, G.K.C., 2012. Virilization in a pregnancy. Sri Lanka Journal of Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2(1), pp.43–45. DOI:
Published on 20 May 2012.
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