What are the complications of hypogonadism in males?

Updated: Apr 03, 2019
  • Author: Maria G Vogiatzi, MD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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In men, complications of untreated hypogonadism include loss of libido, failure to achieve physical strength, the social implications of failing to go through puberty with peers (if hypogonadism occurs before puberty), and osteoporosis. In addition, if hypogonadism occurs before epiphyseal closure, the result is usually tall stature with a eunuchoid body habitus. Males with hypergonadotropic hypogonadism are typically infertile, although procedures such as TESE have resulted in fertility in Klinefelter syndrome. Men who have hypogonadism due to hypothalamic or pituitary dysfunction can potentially become fertile with administration of gonadotropins.

A retrospective study by Baillargeon et al indicated that males with untreated hypogonadism are at increased risk for the development of any rheumatic autoimmune disease, as well as for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. [17]


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