What are adrenal androgens?

Updated: Mar 14, 2018
  • Author: Mohamed Yahya Abdel-Rahman, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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The adrenal glands produce all of the DHEAS and 80% of the DHEA. The adrenals also secrete 50% of androstenedione and 25% of circulating testosterone. DHEAS and 11-androstenedione are not secreted by the ovaries and, therefore, are used as markers of adrenal androgen secretion. Adrenal androgen secretion is dependent on adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) secreted by the anterior pituitary. Both prolactin and estrogen can affect adrenal androgen production.


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