Horm Metab Res 1996; 28(4): 190-192
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-979158
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Serum Androsterone Levels in Children

H. Ueshiba1 , S. Takeda1 , M. Segawa1 , H. Ueshiba2 , Y. Miyachi1
  • 1First Department of Internal Medicine, Toho University School of Medicine Tokyo, Japan
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Mitsui Memorial Hospital (present affiliation: Toda Municipal Health Center), Tokyo, Japan
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Publication Date:
23 April 2007 (online)

Serum androsterone was measured by radloimmunoassay in 79 girls and 80 boys aged between six months to sixteen years. In boys, androsterone levels were found to be low until the age of 12 years and then rapidly increased between the ages of 12 - 13 years. This increase of serum androsterone in boys seems to be related to the rapid increase of testosterone. On the other hand, in girls the androsterone levels were found to be low until the age of 10 years. However, from this age onwards, although individual values were variable, androsterone levels did not increase as rapidly as in boys but rather gradually with age which appeared to be influenced by the progressive increase of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in girls.