Virilization

Definition

Virilization is a condition in which a female develops male sex characteristics, or a newborn boy has increased male characteristics at birth.

Information

Virilization may be caused by:

In newborn girls, the condition may be caused by:

In girls who are going through puberty, the condition may be caused by:

In adult women, the condition may be caused by:

Signs of virilization in a female often depend on the level of testosterone in the body.

       Low level:

       Moderate level:

       High level:

Tests may include:


Review Date: 5/24/2013
Reviewed By: Brent Wisse, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Nutrition, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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