How is the presentation of acne vulgaris associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) characterized?

Updated: Mar 26, 2019
  • Author: Jaggi Rao, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) often first present to dermatologists for acne. With its long-term complications of obesity, infertility, and malignancy, PCOS needs to be considered when female patients present with acne, particularly with moderate-to-severe acne in adulthood that is refractory to conventional therapies. Additionally, a history of oligomenorrhea (31</ref>


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