Small study reveals physicians often miss PCOS. (56 Patients Studied).
OB/GYN News, July 1, 2002, by Sherry Boschert

LOS ANGELES — Patients with polycystic ovary syndrome saw a mean of five different medical practitioners before correctly being diagnosed, a survey of 56 patients found.

Only 24 patients got a correct diagnosis at their initial visit. Nineteen other patients were told that they would become normal. Seven patients were misdiagnosed with something other than polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and six were told that their diagnosis was unknown, Dr. Michael H. Dahan reported at the annual meeting of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation.

The study recruited patients from the national PCOS Association and a university clinic. The women had clinical or hormonal evidence of hyperandrogenism and anovulation with no other causes of androgen excess.

Twenty patients first turned to an ob.gyn. for help. Nine went first to a family physician, six sought out medical endocrinologists, four went to pediatricians, five to nurse practitioners or internists, and seven initially saw reproductive endocrinologists. The highest percentage of correct diagnoses–45%—came eventually from reproductive endocrinologists, said Dr. Dahan of the University of California, San Diego. Ob.gyns. correctly diagnosed 17 cases.

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