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Gonadal function and dysfunction

  1. 1. Gonadal function and dysfunction Dr Thomas Fox Endocrine SpR Derriford Hospital
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Male gonadal function </li></ul><ul><li>Male hypogonadism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Secondary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hypogonadism in the aging male </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment of hypogonadism </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring of those on testosteroned therapy </li></ul>
  3. 4. Testes <ul><li>Leydig cells (stimulated by LH) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Close to blood supply </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interstitial cells </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Produce testosterone (dihydrotestosterone, DHEA and androstenedione) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seminiferous tubules 90% volume of the testes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Setoli cells (stimulated by FSH) – spermatogenesis occurs here and also produce inhibin and in the embryo mullerian inhibiting factor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Germ cells </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Spermatogenesis can take up to 90 days </li></ul><ul><li>Testicular size in adults 15-30ml and temperature is 2 o C less than core temperature. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Testosterone <ul><li>Converted to DHT in tissues (more active) </li></ul><ul><li>Testosterone is also converted to oestradiol in adipose tissue by aromatase enzyme </li></ul><ul><li>Actions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Male sexual differentiation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintains male secondary sexual characteristics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulation of GnRH secretion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spermatogenesis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Normal male sexual function and behaviour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintenance of bone mineral density </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Male Hypogonadism <ul><li>Variety of manifestations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Failure of puberty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infertility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Male menopause/andropause” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Erectile dysfunction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Primary hypogonadism </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary hypogonadism </li></ul>
  7. 8. Male hypogonadism with effects before and after puberty Normal body proportions Eunachoid stature Osteoporosis Delayed bone age Normal hair distribution but poor growth Decreased body and facial hair Central fat distribution Gynaecomastia Gynaecomastia Voice broken High pitched voice Normal penis length Penis <5cm Testes volume <145ml Testes volume <5ml After puberty Before puberty
  8. 9. Secondary hypogonadism <ul><li>Hypothalamic/pituitary cause </li></ul><ul><li>Often presents as delayed puberty or infertility </li></ul><ul><li>Genetic, structural or environmental causes </li></ul>
  9. 10. Kallman’s syndrome <ul><li>Failure of GnRH secretion and neuronal development </li></ul><ul><li>Associated with anosmia (75%) </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 10,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Usually isolated cases but can be AD or AR inherited </li></ul><ul><li>Male : female ratio 4:1 </li></ul><ul><li>Investigations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low/undetectable testosterone, LH and FSH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other pit function normal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Normal hypothalamus/pit on MRI but absent olfactory bulb </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Treatment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exogenous testosterone replacement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gonadotrophins if fertility required </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Idiopathic hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism <ul><li>Acquired or genetic (rare cases of GnRH receptor gene mutation) </li></ul><ul><li>In acquired cases men may </li></ul><ul><ul><li>have gone through normal puberty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Present with low libido, erectile dysfunction or infertility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acquired cases may go into remission after testosterone or gonadotrophin therapy </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Miscellaneous causes of secondary hypogonadism <ul><li>Stress </li></ul><ul><li>Systemic illness </li></ul><ul><li>Structural </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any pit tumour esp prolactinomas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Associated with other hormonal deficiencies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drugs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anabolic steroids </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cocaine and opiates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any drugs causing hyperprolactinaemia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Haemochromatosis </li></ul><ul><li>Endocrine – Cushings, prolactinoma </li></ul><ul><li>Prader-Willi syndrome – 15q mutation – obesity, hypog/hypog and mental retardation </li></ul><ul><li>Laurence-Monn-Biedl syndrome – obesity, RP hypog/hypog, polydactyly and mental retardation </li></ul>
  12. 13. Primary hypogonadism <ul><li>Genetic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Klinefelter’s syndrome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>XX males </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Noonan’s syndrome (46XY) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Acquired </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trauma </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orchitis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cryptorchism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post chemotherapy/radiotherapy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronic illness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drugs- opiates, alcohol, sulfasalazine, colchicine </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Opiates and hypogonadism <ul><li>Opiates of all kinds cause reduced release of GnRH, LH, testosterone, free testosterone </li></ul><ul><li>This is dose related </li></ul><ul><li>Correlates to reduction in libido and subjective erectile dysfunction </li></ul><ul><li>No literature on testosterone replacement in this group </li></ul><ul><li>Hypogonadism in men consuming sustained-action oral opioids. Daniell HW. J Pain. 2002 Oct;3(5):377-84. </li></ul>
  14. 18. Klinefelter’s syndrome <ul><li>First described by Harry Klinefelter 1942 </li></ul><ul><li>1:500 men affected </li></ul><ul><li>Extra X chromosome causes primary hypogonadism with testosterone deficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Clinically </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced testicular volume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tall eunachoid stature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced body hair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gynaecomastia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intellectual dysfunction in 40% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>20 time increased risk of carcinoma of breast </li></ul>
  15. 19. Investigations <ul><li>Low testosterone </li></ul><ul><li>Elevated LH/FSH </li></ul><ul><li>Azospermia </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnosed on karyotyping </li></ul><ul><ul><li>47XXY or 46XY/47XXY mosaic </li></ul></ul>
  16. 20. Management <ul><li>Counselling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Klinefelter’s Syndrome Association UK </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ksa-uk.co.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Androgen replacement therapy </li></ul>
  17. 21. Noonan Syndrome <ul><li>Autosomal dominant disorder (variable penetrance) </li></ul><ul><li>Normal karyotyptype </li></ul><ul><li>Phenotype that of Turners syndrome </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low set ears </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Right sided congenital heart defects (left-sided in Turners) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Epicanthic folds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short stature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webbed neck </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cryptorchism (50% of males) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary hypogonadism </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can affect either sex </li></ul>
  18. 22. XX males <ul><li>1 in 10,000 births </li></ul><ul><li>These patients have a translocation of part of the Y chromosome with the X chromosome </li></ul><ul><li>Phenotype is similar to Klinefelters </li></ul><ul><li>May al so have short stature and hypospadias </li></ul>
  19. 23. Hypogonadism in the aging male <ul><li>Increasing interest in this area </li></ul><ul><li>What is the evidence for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decline in androgen production? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical manifestations of androgen deficiency? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accuracy of testing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical benefit of androgen replacement? </li></ul></ul>
  20. 24. Male androgens over time 60-70% testosterone bound to SHBG 30-40% testosterone bound to albumin
  21. 25. How to assess testosterone <ul><li>Diurnal variation </li></ul><ul><li>Measure 9am testosterone on 2 occasions </li></ul><ul><li>Commercially available assays inaccurate at lower end of range </li></ul><ul><li>Testosterone reduced in – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronic renal, cardiac, respiratory or hepatic disease. Also reduced in Obesity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pts on thiazides, opiates, psychotropic medications and amiodarone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Also need to measure, free testosterone LH and FSH </li></ul>
  22. 26. <ul><li>In a recent small 8-week study 50% (8/16) pts with mean age 69 years were both eugonadal and hypogonadal at some point in the study </li></ul><ul><li>In a third of men with testosterone <6.9 there are no symptoms of hypogonadism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>?due to slow decline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>? due to non-specific symptoms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>20% men >60 years have serum testosterone below the lower limit of normal for young me </li></ul><ul><li>Symptoms of hypogonadism are very non-specific </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do they all have testosterone deficiency? </li></ul></ul>
  23. 27. Effects of testosterone replacement in the aging male
  24. 28. Effects of testosterone replacement <ul><li>Increased muscle mass 1-2kg </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced fat mass 1.5-2.5kg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BUT no study has shown improvement in physical function </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bone mineral density </li></ul><ul><li>Improved well-being </li></ul><ul><li>Improved libido </li></ul><ul><li>Limited evidence for effect on erectile dysfunction </li></ul><ul><li>No outcome studies of morbidity or mortality, fracture risk, risk of falls </li></ul>
  25. 29. Risks of androgen replacement in the aging male <ul><li>Long term risk of androgen replacement in men may include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cardiovascular disease </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prostatic hypertrophy (and carcinoma?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polycythaemia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dyslipidaemia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sleep apnoea </li></ul></ul>
  26. 30. When to treat? <ul><li>Those with 2 low 9am testosterone measurements </li></ul><ul><li>WITH symptoms that could be attributable to androgen deficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Trial period to monitor effects of treatment </li></ul><ul><li>No real guidance provided by NICE or Society for Endocrinology </li></ul>
  27. 31. Testosterone replacement therapy <ul><li>Various choices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transdermal patches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intrinsa 300mcg/24hrs, patch changed twice weekly (£26.91 for 8 patches) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transdermal gel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ie Testim gel 50mg/5g (30 tube pack £32) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intramuscular depots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nedido 1g/4ml 10-14 weekly (£76) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sustanon 250 2-3 weekly intervals (£2.50 per 1ml amp) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Hepatic metabolism when administered orally) </li></ul></ul>
  28. 32. Monitoring <ul><li>No BES guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>2002 AACE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Testosterone monitoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular prostate examination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular questions RE symptoms of prostatism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PSA 6 monthly for 18 months then yearly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stop testosterone if PSA rises or prostatic symptoms develop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FBC/haematocrit </li></ul></ul>
  29. 33. hCG therapy <ul><li>hCG therapy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>hCG binds to Leydig cells LH receptor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Given peripubertally in hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism to stimulate puberty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stimulates testosterone production, testicular growth and spermatogenesis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2-3 weekly im injections </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Also given tio hypo/hypog males wanting to father children </li></ul>
  30. 34. Human menopausal gonadotrophin therapy <ul><li>Required for those who have developed hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism post-pubertally for spermatogenesis if hCG alone fails </li></ul>
  31. 35. GnRH therapy <ul><li>Given as a pulsatile subcutaneous pump to induce puberty and spermatogenesis in hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism </li></ul>
  32. 36. Summary <ul><li>Differential diagnosis of secondary hypogonadism </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties of managing primary hypogonadism in aging male </li></ul><ul><li>Opiates and obesity as a cause of hypogonadism </li></ul><ul><li>Need for surveillance of those on androgen replacement therapy </li></ul>
  33. 37. <ul><li>http://www.endo-society.org/guidelines/final/upload/Androgens_in_Women_CG.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/full/86/6/2380 </li></ul><ul><li>AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGISTS MEDICAL GUIDELINES FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE FOR THE EVALUATION AND TREATMENT OF HYPOGONADISM IN ADULT MALE PATIENTS—2002 UPDATE http://www.aace.com/pub/pdf/guidelines/hypogonadism.pdf </li></ul>

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