Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 39, Issue 10, October 2010

Androgen deficiency in the aging man

Shaun McGrath Ranjan Arianayagam Mohan Arianayagam Prem Rashid
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Androgen deficiency in the aging man is an area of considerable debate because a gradual decline in testosterone may simply be part of the normal aging process. However, there is an alternative view that androgen deficiency in the aging man may constitute a valid and underdiagnosed disorder.
To discuss the aetiology, clinical features, diagnosis and management of androgen deficiency in the aging man.
Late onset hypogonadism has clinical features that overlap with both normal aging and some pathological conditions. It can only be diagnosed on the basis of both suggestive clinical features and clear biochemical evidence of testosterone deficiency. In this group of patients medication may play a role.

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