Consequences of use of anabolic androgenic steroids

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2007 Aug;54(4):677-90, x. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2007.04.001.


Whether providing anticipatory guidance to the young adolescent patient, conducting a preparticipation examination on a young athlete, or treating a sick user of anabolic androgenic steroids (AASs), the primary care physician must be familiar with the adverse consequences of the use of these compounds. This article reviews the endocrine, cardiovascular, neuropsychiatric, musculoskeletal, hematologic, hepatic, and miscellaneous effects of AASs, highlighting effects reported in children and adolescents, and relying on consequences in adults when pediatric data is unavailable.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anabolic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Androgens / adverse effects*
  • Doping in Sports*
  • Humans
  • Substance-Related Disorders / etiology*


  • Anabolic Agents
  • Androgens