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World J Mens Health. 2018 May;36(2):92-102. English. Review. https://doi.org/10.5534/wjmh.17050
Clavell-Hernández J , Wang R .
Division of Urology, University of Texas Health Science Center, McGovern Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, USA. run.wang@uth.tmc.edu
Department of Surgery, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA.
Abstract

The increasing rate of late-onset hypogonadism has led to an exceptional growth in the use of testosterone therapy (TTh). Even though TTh has been used for more than 70 years, there has been an emerging controversy in the past several years regarding its safety due to a suggested increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease among its users. Given the growing prevalence of testosterone deficiency in our population and the increased use of TTh, the goal of this review is to present the history and emerging evidence in regards to this controversy. CV safety concerns are mostly based on a few studies and trials that have been noted to have multiple flaws and limitations. However, the most recent data has found no association between TTh and the development of CV disease. Nevertheless, until this controversy is clarified with larger clinical trials, health-care professionals should continue to inform their patients about the possible CV risk when prescribing TTh products to patients.

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