Achard Thiers syndrome is an extremely rare endocrine disorder characterized by hyperandrogenism and hyperinsulinemia. It is primarily seen in postmenopausal women and was initially described as "diabetes mellitus in bearded women", reflecting the excess androgen manifesting as hirsutism. Additional symptoms include polyuria, polydipsia, weight loss, and menstrual irregularities - oligomenorrhea and amenorrhea. The diagnosis rests on a thorough clinical and biochemical assessment. The oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) and a hormonal workup are crucial for discriminating this syndrome from classical diabetes mellitus or other hormonal disorders.
Described almost 100 years ago, Achard Thiers syndrome is now rarely mentioned in the literature, primarily because of its infrequent occurrence, underdiagnosis, and poor understanding of the pathogenesis    . Some of the first authors who described it, termed the disorder "diabetes mellitus of bearded women", as women who suffered Achard Thiers syndrome had simultaneous problems with glucose metabolism and adrenocortical hormones (the name hyperinsulinemic hyperandrogenism is also mentioned in some studies)   . The clinical presentation of Achard Thiers syndrome is comprised of the main symptoms of diabetes on one hand (polyuria, polydipsia, etc.), and signs of hyperandrogenism on the other (hirsutism, especially on the head and neck; menstrual changes such as oligomenorrhea and amenorrhea, clitoral enlargement, infertility, and obesity) . Postmenopausal women are identified as the main patient population  . Some studies have emphasized the primary role of adrenocortical disease in the etiology of insulin resistance seen in patients with Achard Thiers syndrome, and have remarked that diabetes mellitus is not related to the changes that normally develop in the pancreas  . In addition, psychiatric symptoms and disorders were noted in the first patients described with this condition . Acanthosis nigricans is a common symptom of Achard Thiers syndrome as well. Another condition characterized by hyperandrogenism and hyperinsulinemia is the polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS, which is usually identified in young women.
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Clinical presentation based on findings of hirsutism, virilization, hypertension, and abnormally high serum androgen levels in postmenopausal females. [accessanesthesiology.mhmedical.com]
Feminisation-adrenogenital - Feminization-adrenogenital - Virilization-adrenogenital - Adrenogenital disorders (& [feminisation] or [virilisation] or [Achard-Thiers syndrome]) Hide descriptions. [snomedbrowser.com]
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Achard-Thiers syndrome One form of a virilizing disorder of adrenocortical origin in women, characterised by masculinization and menstrual disorders in association with manifestations of diabetes mellitus, such as glucosuria. ... (05 Mar 2000) ... [encyclo.co.uk]
Achard-Thiers syndrome - one form of a virilizing disorder of adrenocortical origin in women. Thiers, Joseph, French physician, 1885–. Achard-Thiers syndrome - see under Achard [medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com]
- Weight Gain
Pregnancy causes weight gain and increases levels of estogen and placental hormones, which antagonize insulin. some medications such as thiazide diuretics, adrenal corticosteroids, and hormonal contraceptives are also resulted Achard-Thiers syndrome. [checkorphan.org]
Symptoms of postmenopausal bleeding in Achard Thiers Syndrome include: Vaginal dryness Decreased libido Insomnia Stress incontinence Increased urinary tract infections Weight gain Other symptoms are directly related to the overproduction of androgens, [lybrate.com]
Williams : Hirsutism in females. A clinical study of its aetiology, cause and treatment. Ann. Int. Med. 22, 773–806 (1945). Google Scholar 8. Callow, N.H., R.K. Callow and C.W. [dx.doi.org]
It is primarily seen in postmenopausal women and was initially described as "diabetes mellitus in bearded women", reflecting the excess androgen manifesting as hirsutism. [symptoma.com]
Nevertheless, increased steroiduria was also observed in groups of non-hirsute diabetic women carefully paired for age. [deepdyve.com]
- Receding Hairline
Other signs of the syndrome are directly due to the overproduction of androgens, and may include an increase in body hair, particularly on the face, chest, back, and other areas, receding hairline, deepening of the voice, enlargement of the clitoris; [rarediseases.org]
hairline Deepening of the voice Enlargement of the clitoris Infertility Obesity Oligomenorrhea: Infrequent or very light menstrual periods Amenorrhea: Absence of menstrual periods Facial hypertrichosis (excess hair on the face in males) Adrenal cortical [healthinfi.com]
A detailed patient history and a thorough physical examination are the two crucial steps needed for the diagnosis of Achard Thiers syndrome. Physicians should inquire about the onset of abnormal hair growth and evaluate the onset, progression, and severity of additional symptoms. The physical examination should confirm the previously mentioned findings and provide solid evidence for a detailed laboratory investigation. The OGTT test is sufficient to detect hyperinsulinemia, while a complete androgen hormone panel is recommended for assessing the adrenal gland function. Because obesity and hypertension are frequently present, a comprehensive cardiologic examination through blood pressure measurements and electrocardiography (ECG) is often made. Imaging studies, such as ultrasonography or computed tomography (CT) may be of great benefit in determining the underlying cause of Achard Thiers syndrome, as intrinsic adrenocortical pathologies (e.g. carcinoma) have been described in its pathogenesis .
Standard Therapies Treatment Diabetes may be managed by diet and/or insulin or other medications, as required. Cosmetic measures (for example, waxing and electrolysis) can be used to facilitate hair removal. [rarediseases.org]
Treatment : How to Treat "achard-thiers syndrome"? The most effective treatment for Achard Thiers syndrome is to treat the underlying cause which is diabetes mellitus. [signssymptoms.org]
The information presented is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment from your own doctor or healthcare provider. [wellnessadvocate.com]
The diagnosis of Achard-Thiers Syndrome is based on the symptoms manifested by the disorder The treatment of Achard-Thiers Syndrome includes managing diabetes and the use of hormonal therapies. [healthinfi.com]
Keeping the blood sugars, and blood pressure in control and stopping smoking can result in lower rates of complications and a better prognosis. Consult a top Diabetologist Copyright © 2018 Modasta. All rights reserved CheckOrphan. [modasta.com]
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Some studies have emphasized the primary role of adrenocortical disease in the etiology of insulin resistance seen in patients with Achard Thiers syndrome, and have remarked that diabetes mellitus is not related to the changes that normally develop in [symptoma.com]
An international group of leading experts addresses the varied etiologies of PCOS, comprehensively covering the contemporary treatment approaches and long-term implications of PCOS, a common yet poorly understood disorder. [books.google.com]
(Etiology) Achard-Thiers Syndrome appears to be transmitted within families. But the exact mechanism of genetic transmission is not yet understood. [dovemed.com]
Epidemiological profile revealed almost equal incidence in males and females (51% and 49%, respectively) with 51.25 ± 14.42 (mean ± SD) years of age. [ijem.in]
Presenting an overview of the current understanding of the pathophysiology of PCOS and a paradigm for the clinical evaluation and management of the disorder, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is written in an easy to digest, concise format that, with bulleted [books.google.com]
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Prevention Some of the measures that can be helpful in preventing ATS include: Maintaining ideal body weight Dietary modification and weight reduction to control blood pressure and diabetes Regular exercises to prevent obesity Avoid smoking to reduce [modasta.com]
Currently, there are no definitive methods available to prevent Achard-Thiers Syndrome. [healthinfi.com]
These are important contributing factors for Achard-Thiers syndrome Doing regular exercise will help to prevent obesity If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you. [hellodoktor.com]
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