Secondary hypogonadism

Ravikumar Balasubramanian and Richard Quinton

in Testosterone Deficiency in Men

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199651672
Published online December 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742958 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Endocrinology Library

Secondary hypogonadism

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Secondary hypogonadism is a biochemical finding, not a final diagnosis; hypopituitarism, hyperprolactinaemia, and/or a parasellar lesion must always be considered. Micropenis, scrotal hypoplasia, and/or bilateral cryptorchidism in an infant strongly suggest congenital secondary hypogonadism and mandate referral to a paediatric endocrinologist. Pituitary tumours associated with hyperprolactinaemic hypogonadism must not be automatically assumed to be prolactinomas. Secondary hypogonadism is an under-appreciated feature of both critical illness and chronic disease. It is one of the very few treatable causes of male factor infertility.

Chapter.  3669 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Endocrinology and Diabetes

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