How do reproductive hormones affect the clinical presentation of cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Patients with cirrhosis may experience increased conversion of androgenic steroids into estrogens in skin, adipose tissue, muscle, and bone. Males may develop gynecomastia and impotence. Loss of axillary and pubic hair is noted in men and women. Hyperestrogenemia also may explain spider angiomata and palmar erythema.


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