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Testosterone: Know More About The Male Sex Hormone and Its Role for Patient Education


Testosterone is a male (androgen) hormone prescribed as a replacement therapy for condition that lead to anomalies due to deceased or no secretion of the hormone. These anomalies include - acquired or congenital primary hypogonadism and hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism. It is also used sometimes to stimulate delayed puberty in male.

On a precautionary note it should be remembered that testosterone can affect ‘bone growth’ in boys treated for delayed puberty and hence X-rays should be done every 6 months to assess bone development.

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