Clinical Reproductive Endocrinology
2008 (English)In: Clinical Biochemistry of Domestic Animals, 6th Edition, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2008, 635-662 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
This chapter helps in understating the basics of clinical reproductive endocrinology. Clinical reproductive endocrinology includes the study of diseases and secretory status of the endocrine glands involved in reproduction and their secretory products, the reproductive hormones. To obtain a satisfactory understanding of the complex endocrinological events that occur during normal and abnormal reproductive function, it is necessary to quantify specific hormones. The best understood humoral control system in the body is the endocrine system. This system uses specific messengers, termed hormones, to regulate important body functions. Hormones are chemical substances synthesized and secreted directly into the blood vascular system by ductless endocrine glands in minute quantities and are transported to a remote target organ, where they regulate the rates of specific biochemical processes. The classic endocrine glands include the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pancreas, ovary, testis, placenta, and pineal gland. This chapter emphasizes the determination of hormones and the use of the data as diagnostic aids. General reproductive endocrinology in domestic species is broadly covered in this chapter.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2008. 635-662 p.
Endocrinology and Diabetes
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-76171DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-370491-7.00021-0ISI: 000311107600022ISBN: 978-0-12-370491-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-76171DiVA: diva2:635667