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Oestradiol, Dihydrofolliculine, Estradiol-17ß

Estradiol

Estradiol is the most abundant of the estrogens, the group of steroids responsible for the development of sex organs and secondary sexual characteristics in women. Estradiol is involved in regulating the menstrual cycle and helps maintain pregnancy. Estradiol is also important for bone growth and metabolism in both men and women.

Levels of estradiol must be interpreted in light of the clinical situation (i.e. age, pregnancy, stage of the menstrual cycle, hyperthyroidism, cirrhosis, etc.) and associated hormone test results (FSH, LH, progesterone, etc.). In women and young girls, abnormally high levels of estradiol are found in early-onset puberty, ovarian and adrenal tumours, and following ovulation stimulation. In men, high levels of estradiol can be associated with gynecomastia (enlarged breasts), testicular and adrenal tumours, and delayed puberty. Low levels in women are normal during menopause but can also be associated with pituitary or ovarian dysfunction (polycystic ovaries), genetic problems (Turner’s syndrome), anorexia nervosa or extreme endurance exercise.

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Hot zone

A hot zone is a section of a facility (sometimes an entire facility or even a city district) where there is a high risk of contamination by patients with an infectious disease. All individuals entering a hot zone must respect appropriate protective measures. By analogy, “cold zone” and “warm zone” are used to refer to areas where there is no infected individual or only individuals suspected of having an infection.