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Prevalence of major depressive disorder in self-referred patients in a late onset hypogonadism clinic


The goal was to clarify the rate of major depressive disorder (MDD) in self-referred patients who visited our late onset hypogonadism (LOH) clinic and the importance of screening of MDD in LOH clinic. Two hundred consecutive self-referred patients who visited our LOH clinic were evaluated. MDD was diagnosed using, the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) questionnaire. Scores of the Aging Males Symptom (AMS) scale were compared between the MDD and non-MDD groups with and without low testosterone values. Forty-two percent of all patients were categorized into the MDD group. Only 4% of the patients were considered to be LOH. The MDD group had significantly higher scores on the AMS scale than the LOH and non-MDD with normal testosterone groups. In conclusion, significant numbers of undiagnosed MDD patients visited the LOH clinic. Screening for MDD is an essential step in the LOH outpatient clinic.

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Sato, Y., Tanda, H., Kato, S. et al. Prevalence of major depressive disorder in self-referred patients in a late onset hypogonadism clinic. Int J Impot Res 19, 407–410 (2007).

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  • late onset hypogonadism
  • major depressive disorder
  • MINI
  • AMS scale

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