When is screening for Cushing syndrome or acromegaly indicated in the workup of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

Updated: Sep 19, 2019
  • Author: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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Women with PCOS should be screened for Cushing syndrome or acromegaly only if there is a clinical suspicion of these conditions. Cushing syndrome can be ruled out by checking a 24-hour urine sample for free cortisol and creatinine. levels of urinary free cortisol that are 4 times the upper limit of normal are diagnostic for Cushing syndrome. [46] An overnight dexamethasone suppression test is also useful for screening for Cushing syndrome.

A serum insulin-like growth factor (IGF) ̶ 1 level should be checked to rule out acromegaly. Serum IGF-1 is a sensitive and specific marker of growth hormone (GH) excess. Normal levels rule out GH excess.

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