Which lab studies are used in the workup of acne vulgaris?

Updated: Mar 26, 2019
  • Author: Jaggi Rao, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The diagnosis of acne vulgaris is clinical. Consider polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) in female patients with oligomenorrhea, hirsutism, and/or acanthosis nigricans in addition acne: These patients should be evaluated with total and free testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), androstenedione, luteinizing hormone, and follicle-stimulating hormone values, as well as a lipid panel, glucose value, and insulin level.

Also see Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.


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