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Polycystic ovary syndrome

Diagnosis and management

Pfieffer, Mary Lauren, DNP, FNP-BC, CPN

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000553398.50729.c0
Feature: ENDOCRINE DISORDERS: CE Connection
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Abstract: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder. Patients may present with a combination of hyperandrogenism symptoms, menstrual irregularities, metabolic syndrome, infertility, acne, and obesity. PCOS diagnosis is based on three diagnostic guidelines. Treatment options include oral contraceptive pills, antiandrogens, and metformin. NPs can improve diagnosed patients' quality of life through education about this disorder.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder. Patients may present with a combination of hyperandrogenism symptoms, menstrual irregularities, metabolic syndrome, infertility, acne, and obesity. PCOS diagnosis is based on three diagnostic guidelines. Treatment options include oral contraceptive pills, antiandrogens, and metformin. NPs can improve diagnosed patients' quality of life through education about this disorder.

Mary Lauren Pfieffer is an instructor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tenn.

The author and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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