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Korean J Fertil Steril. 2005 Dec;32(4):325-330. Korean. Original Article.
Byun JC , Kwak BG , Shin JH , Cha MS , Han MS , Rha SH , Kim SK .
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea. chamchi@naver.com
Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea.
Department of Plastic Surgery, College of Medicine, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea.
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the histologic features of the uterus and adnexae extirpated from gender identity disorder (GID) patients that received depot androgen injection. METHODS: We reviewed the histologic findings of the uterus and adnexae removed from sixteen GID patients, who had taken depot androgen injection for 5~168 months. RESULTS: Fourteen patients (87.5%) showed the atrophied epithelium of exocervix and all of 16 patients (100%) showed the atrophy of endometrium. Seven patients (43.7%) showed multiple cystic follicles in the ovarian cortex and 6 patients (37.5%), 3 patients (18.7%) showed corpus albicans and corpus luteum, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Exogenous androgen induced atrophy of cervix and endometrium. This effect was more prominent in the endometrium. In addition, PCO-like histologic features were observed in the ovary.

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