What is the role of brain MRI in the workup of hypogonadism?

Updated: Apr 03, 2019
  • Author: Maria G Vogiatzi, MD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain should be considered in cases of anosmia and suspected hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. Absence of the olfactory bulbs is associated with Kallmann syndrome.

Moreover, brain MRI should be ordered in cases of hypogonadotropic hypogonadism that are either isolated or occurring in combination with pituitary defects.


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