Musculoskeletal Medicine and PainCase Report

Subcutaneous Pellet Testosterone Replacement Therapy: The “First Steps” in Treating Men With Spinal Cord Injuries

Kendra M. Gray, OMS IV, and Angela DeRosa, DO, MBA, CPE
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Received: February 25, 2013

Accepted: June 6, 2013

Published: December 1, 2013

J Osteopath Med; 113(12): 921-925

The authors describe the case of a 36-year-old man who presented with hormone level concerns 6 months after a rock climbing accident that resulted in paraplegia. Hypogonadism was diagnosed, and the patient received subcutaneous pellet testosterone replacement therapy. Within 6 months, the patient had substantial improvement in muscle function and was able to take several steps with the assistance of crutches or a walker. This case highlights the potential improvement in quality of life and overall prognosis resulting from the subcutaneous pellet form of testosterone when used as part of the overall treatment plan in such patients. Considering the overwhelming preponderance of hypogonadism in men with spinal cord injuries, the standard of care for such patients should include screening, laboratory hormone evaluation, and prompt treatment for testosterone deficiency.

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