Anti-Müllerian Hormone in Obese Adolescent Girls With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Joon Young Kim, Hala Tfayli, Sara F. Michaliszyn, So Jung Lee, Alexis Nasr, Silva Arslanian

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Purpose Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is proposed as a biomarker of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This study investigated: (1) AMH concentrations in obese adolescents with PCOS versus without PCOS; (2) the relationship of AMH to sex steroid hormones, adiposity, and insulin resistance; and (3) the optimal AMH value and the multivariable prediction model to determine PCOS in obese adolescents. Methods AMH levels were measured in 46 obese PCOS girls and 43 obese non-PCOS girls. Sex steroid hormones, clamp-measured insulin sensitivity and secretion, body composition, and abdominal adiposity were evaluated. Logistic regression and receiver-operating characteristic curve analyses were used, and multivariate prediction models were developed to test the utility of AMH for the diagnosis of PCOS. Results AMH levels were higher in obese PCOS versus non-PCOS girls (8.3 ±.6 vs. 4.3 ±.4 ng/mL, p < .0001), of comparable age and puberty. AMH concentrations correlated positively with age in both groups, total and free testosterone in PCOS girls only, abdominal adipose tissue in non-PCOS girls, with no correlation to in vivo insulin sensitivity and secretion in either groups. A multivariate model including AMH (cutoff 6.26 ng/mL, area under the curve.788) together with sex hormone–binding globulin and total testosterone exhibited 93.4% predictive power for diagnosing PCOS. Conclusions AMH may be a useful biomarker for the diagnosis of PCOS in obese adolescent girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-339
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • AMH
  • Hyperandrogenemia
  • Obese adolescents
  • PCOS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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