1. Does everyone with elevated androstenedione have symptoms?
Not necessarily. The type and severity of symptoms will vary from person to person and will vary with age. Adult men have already developed masculine secondary sexual characteristics, so they will not typically experience symptoms with increased androstenedione.
3. Is this test used for purposes other than detecting problems with the adrenal gland, ovaries or testicles?
Yes, the level of androstenedione (or "andro") can be done as part of testing for sports doping. Androstenedione is sometimes taken illegally by athletes as a performance-enhancing drug. The body converts it to an anabolic steroid (a synthetic version of testosterone). It is intended to help build muscle, but like other anabolic steroids, it can interfere with bone growth, affect the heart, and in some cases cause liver damage.
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