Testing & Diagnosis for Androgen Insensitivity in Children

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Contact the Department of Urology

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How is androgen insensitivity diagnosed?

  • Complete androgen insensitivity is usually not diagnosed before puberty, unless a lump is felt in the groin or abdomen and it turns out to be a testicle during surgery. Usually, androgen insensitivity is diagnosed only after a young woman discovers that she hasn't started menstruation
  • Partial androgen insensitivity is usually discovered earlier in life because the baby will have ambiguous genitalia
  • A physician may use the following diagnostic tests to diagnose androgen insensitivity:
    • genetic testing
    • blood work to check the levels of testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH)
    • pelvic ultrasound
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