What Tests Should Be Done Before Starting Androgen Replacement

A digital rectal examination and a serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test should be performed by the physician to assess prostate abnormalities before a middle-aged or older patient is started on androgen treatment. If the serum PSA is elevated or nodules or irregularities are found, the patient should be referred for urological assessment. A complete blood count, liver function tests, and a lipid panel should be performed to ensure that the subject does not have an elevated hemoglobin or hematocrit, and to assess the baseline liver enzymes and serum total, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.

Table 1 Androgen Therapy


• Improves sexual function

• Maintains secondary sex characters

• T Bone mass, muscle mass, and strength

• Improves mood in hypogonadal men

• Cognitive function?

• Coronary vasodilation?


Gynecomastia, decreased testis volume, and suppressed spermatogenesis

Weight gain, fluid retention

• Prostate dysfunction (CAP, BPH)

• T Hematocrit/hemoglobin

HDL, high-density lipoprotein; LDL, low-density lipoprotein; CAP, carcinoma of the prostate; BPH, benign prostate hyperplasia.

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  • ermias
    7 years ago
  • martin
    What blood test should be reformed before starting androgen therapy?
    5 months ago

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