The test heklps to detect tumors or cancers such as Adrenal tumor, Polycystic Ovarian Disease, Cushing disease, Addision disease and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH). When your doctor suspects of excess androgen production in your adrenal gland, this test helps to evaluate the testicular and ovarian function.
Androstenedione is a type of male hormone named androgen present in both male and female that is responsible for making sexual differentiation to identify the genders.
In women, androstenedione is produced by ovaries and in men by testicles. Also, it may be produced through adrenal glands as well.
In rare cases, it is also possible that when there is excess production of androstenedione in children, it leads to the difficulty to identify the sex organ of male or female. It causes excess growth of body hair, irregular menstruation cycle and deepening of the voice.
Women already suffering PCOS has excess production of androstenedione.