Answer to Question #121641 in Biochemistry for Cieee

Question #121641
Lois, a 32-year old unmarried female business executive develops amenorrhea. She has not recently lost weight but states that her job is very stressful. Laboratory evaluation reveals the following results:

PARAMETER
VALUE
NORMAL RANGE
Serum estradiol
14pg/ml
23-145
LH
1.2mIU/ml
2-15
FSH
1.5mIU/ml
2-20
Prolactin
6.2ng/ml
2-25
TSH
1.2µU/ml
0.5-5.0

A serum pregnancy test is negative and an MRI scan of her pituitary gland is normal. What is the probable diagnosis? Explain.
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Expert's answer
2020-06-22T11:01:54-0400

The amenorrhea in the presented case is most likely caused by work-related stress. Currently, the patient has lost weight, which has been demonstrated to cause amenorrhea. The hormonal tests that are presented fall within normal fluctuations, which rules out hormanal imbalances as the primary cause. Ideally, the condition is brought about by work related stress and exacerbated by the weight loss.


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