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Normal testosterone plasma levels in non-abstinent alcoholics

Authors
Journal
Drug and Alcohol Dependence
0376-8716
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
20
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0376-8716(87)90078-0
Keywords
  • Alcoholism
  • Prolactin
  • Luteinizing Hormone
  • Testosterone
  • Hepatic Injury

Abstract

Abstract Testosterone (T), prolactin (PRL), and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels were estimated in plasma of 32 male chronic alcoholics during a period of their usual alcohol consumption and compared to the values of 32 agematched controls. T levels were not different from normals, while both PRL and LH were significantly elevated. The subgroup of patients with severe liver injury ( n = 11) showed elevated PRL (2 P < 0.001), but normal LH and T, while patients with normal hepatic function ( n = 21) showed normal PRL levels, elevated LH, and a tendency to elevated T levels.

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