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  1. Double, synchronous pituitary adenomas causing acromegaly and Cushing's disease. A case report and review of literature.

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    Zieliński, Grzegorz; Maksymowicz, Maria; Podgórski, Jan; Olszewski, Włodzimierz T

    2013-06-01

    Double pituitary adenomas are very rare and present up to 1 % of pituitary adenomas in unselected autopsy series and up to 2 % in large surgical series. We report a case of a 47-year-old man presented slight clinical features of acromegaly with 2 years duration. Endocrine evaluation confirmed active acromegaly and revealed adrenocorticotropin hormone-dependent hypercortisolemia. Preoperative magnetic resonance imaging of the pituitary demonstrated clearly separated double microadenomas with different intensity. The patient underwent transsphenoidal surgery and both tumors were completely removed and were fixed separately. The histological and ultrastructural examination confirmed coincidence of the double, clearly separated pituitary adenomas in one gland. Postoperative function of the hypothalamo-hypophyseal axis was normalized. We conclude from this case and a literature review that double endocrinologically active pituitary adenomas leading to acromegaly and Cushing's disease may occur. Additionally, a review of the literature regarding multiple pituitary adenomas has also been performed.

  2. Prolactinomas, Cushing's disease and acromegaly: debating the role of medical therapy for secretory pituitary adenomas

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    Bonert Vivien S

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Pituitary adenomas are associated with a variety of clinical manifestations resulting from excessive hormone secretion and tumor mass effects, and require a multidisciplinary management approach. This article discusses the treatment modalities for the management of patients with a prolactinoma, Cushing's disease and acromegaly, and summarizes the options for medical therapy in these patients. First-line treatment of prolactinomas is pharmacotherapy with dopamine agonists; recent reports of cardiac valve abnormalities associated with this class of medication in Parkinson's disease has prompted study in hyperprolactinemic populations. Patients with resistance to dopamine agonists may require other treatment. First-line treatment of Cushing's disease is pituitary surgery by a surgeon with experience in this condition. Current medical options for Cushing's disease block adrenal cortisol production, but do not treat the underlying disease. Pituitary-directed medical therapies are now being explored. In several small studies, the dopamine agonist cabergoline normalized urinary free cortisol in some patients. The multi-receptor targeted somatostatin analogue pasireotide (SOM230 shows promise as a pituitary-directed medical therapy in Cushing's disease; further studies will determine its efficacy and safety. Radiation therapy, with medical adrenal blockade while awaiting the effects of radiation, and bilateral adrenalectomy remain standard treatment options for patients not cured with pituitary surgery. In patients with acromegaly, surgery remains the first-line treatment option when the tumor is likely to be completely resected, or for debulking, especially when the tumor is compressing neurovisual structures. Primary therapy with somatostatin analogues has been used in some patients with large extrasellar tumors not amenable to surgical cure, patients at high surgical risk and patients who decline surgery. Pegvisomant is indicated in patients

  3. Pituitary tumor with gigantism, acromegaly and preclinical Cushing's disease diagnosed from the 10th row.

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    Tourtelot, John B; Vesely, David L

    2013-08-01

    A 7'3" basketball player was noted to have 2 to 3 times thicker tissue in his hands than 6'10" players by an endocrinologist sitting 10 rows above the player in a basketball arena. This led to the diagnosis of pituitary gigantism where the history revealed that he was 7'3" at 15 years of age. At age 19 when the acryl enlargement was noted, a diagnostic workup revealed elevated growth hormones and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) with a 2 × 1.3 cm pituitary tumor. His history suggested that his epiphyseal plates had closed at age 15, and because he continued to produce IGF-1, he now has acromegaly. His elevated adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) before surgery suggests that he also had preclinical Cushing's disease. After pituitary transsphenoidal surgery, all acryl enlargement in hands and ligaments disappeared. His growth hormone, IGF-1 and ACTH returned to normal 2 weeks after surgery.

  4. Advancing Treatment of Pituitary Adenomas through Targeted Molecular Therapies: The Acromegaly & Cushing Disease Paradigms

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    Michael Anthony Mooney

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The current treatment of pituitary adenomas requires a balance of conservative management, surgical resection, and in select tumor types, molecular therapy. Acromegaly treatment is an evolving field where our understanding of molecular targets and drug therapies has improved treatment options for patients with excess growth hormone levels. We highlight the use of molecular therapies in this disease process and advances in this field, which may represent a paradigm shift for the future of pituitary adenoma treatment.

  5. Advancing Treatment of Pituitary Adenomas through Targeted Molecular Therapies: The Acromegaly and Cushing Disease Paradigms

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    Mooney, Michael A.; Simon, Elias D.; Little, Andrew S.

    2016-01-01

    The current treatment of pituitary adenomas requires a balance of conservative management, surgical resection, and in select tumor types, molecular therapy. Acromegaly treatment is an evolving field where our understanding of molecular targets and drug therapies has improved treatment options for patients with excess growth hormone levels. We highlight the use of molecular therapies in this disease process and advances in this field, which may represent a paradigm shift for the future of pituitary adenoma treatment. PMID:27517036

  6. Cushing, acromegaly, GH deficiency and tendons

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    2014-01-01

    Cushing’s syndrome, induced by an endogenous or exogenous cortisol excess, and acromegaly, the clinical syndrome caused by growth hormone (GH) excess in adulthood, as well as the disease induced by GH deficiency (GHD), represent perfect models for the evaluation of the effects induced by chronic exposure in vivo, respectively, to cortisol and GH/IGF-1 excess or deficiency on the complex structure of the tendons as well as on the related post-traumatic repair mechanism. Although the literature...

  7. Harvey Cushing: Cushing's disease.

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    Ellis, Harold

    2012-09-01

    In 1932 Harvey Cushing published an article entitled 'Basophil adenomas of the pituitary and their clinical manifestations'. These are rare tumours of the anterior pituitary gland, at the base of the brain, with striking manifestations, which include adiposity of the face and trunk, but not the limbs, weakness, fatigue, abdominal striae, facial hair, high blood pressure and raised blood sugar. Although I spent two years in an army neurosurgical unit, I never saw a case. More frequently, the same clinical picture is produced by a benign adenoma of the suprarenal cortex, but today by far the commonest cause of this condition is seen in the patient receiving high dosage of cortisone, when we talk about the person exhibiting 'Cushingoid features'. Most readers of this journal will have seen such cases.

  8. Treating Cushing's Disease in Dogs

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    ... For Consumers Consumer Updates Treating Cushing's Disease in Dogs Share Tweet Linkedin Pin it More sharing options ... Disease Treating Cushing's Disease Your 9-year old dog has been drinking a lot more lately and ...

  9. On the shoulders of giants: Harvey Cushing's experience with acromegaly and gigantism at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1896-1912.

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    Pendleton, C.; Adams, H.; Salvatori, R.; Wand, G.; Quinones-Hinojosa, A.

    2011-01-01

    A review of Dr. Cushing's surgical cases at Johns Hopkins Hospital revealed new information about his early operative experience with acromegaly. Although in 1912 Cushing published selective case studies regarding this work, a review of all his operations for acromegaly during his early years has ne

  10. Fat deposition in the cavernous sinus in Cushing disease

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    Bachow, T.B.; Hesselink, J.R.; Aaron, J.O.; Davis, K.R.; Taveras, J.M.

    1984-10-01

    Fat density in the cavernous sinus on computed tomography (CT) is described in 6 out of 16 (37.5%) patients with Cushing disease. This finding may aid in making a specific diagnosis in patients with a pituitary mass. It was not seen in 30 random CT studies of the sella; however, supra seller fat was incidentally noted in the patient with acromegaly.

  11. Paediatric cyclical Cushing's disease due to corticotroph cell hyperplasia.

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    Noctor, E

    2015-06-01

    Cushing\\'s disease is very rare in the paediatric population. Although uncommon, corticotroph hyperplasia causing Cushing\\'s syndrome has been described in the adult population, but appears to be extremely rare in children. Likewise, cyclical cortisol hypersecretion, while accounting for 15 % of adult cases of Cushing\\'s disease, has only rarely been described in the paediatric population. Here, we describe a very rare case of a 13-year old boy with cyclical cortisol hypersecretion secondary to corticotroph cell hyperplasia.

  12. On the shoulders of giants: Harvey Cushing's experience with acromegaly and gigantism at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1896-1912.

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    Pendleton, Courtney; Adams, Hadie; Salvatori, Roberto; Wand, Gary; Quiñones-Hinojosa, Alfredo

    2011-03-01

    A review of Dr. Cushing's surgical cases at Johns Hopkins Hospital revealed new information about his early operative experience with acromegaly. Although in 1912 Cushing published selective case studies regarding this work, a review of all his operations for acromegaly during his early years has never been reported. We uncovered 37 patients who Cushing treated with surgical intervention directed at the pituitary gland. Of these, nine patients who presented with symptoms of acromegaly, and one with symptoms of gigantism were selected for further review. Two patients underwent transfrontal 'omega incision' approaches, and the remaining eight underwent transsphenoidal approaches. Of the 10 patients, 6 were male. The mean age was 38.0 years. The mean hospital stay was 39.4 days. There was one inpatient death during primary interventions (10%) and three patients were deceased at the time of last follow-up (33%). The mean time to death, calculated from the date of the primary surgical intervention, and including inpatient and outpatient deaths, was 11.3 months. The mean time to last follow-up, calculated from the day of discharge, was 59.3 months. At the time of last follow-up, two patients reported resolution of headache; four patients reported continued visual deficits, and two patients reported ongoing changes in mental status. This review analyzes the outcomes for 10 patients who underwent surgical intervention for acromegaly or gigantism, and offers an explanation for Cushing's transition from the transfrontal "omega incision" to the transsphenoidal approach while practicing at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

  13. Unmasking sarcoidosis following surgery for Cushing disease

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    Diernaes, Jon E F; Bygum, Anette; Poulsen, Per L

    2016-01-01

    We present a patient with Cushing disease apparently suppressing sarcoidosis, which was unmasked following surgical resection of a pituitary adrenocorticotropin (ACTH)-producing microadenoma. Case report and a short review of the literature published in this area. A 46-year-old Caucasian woman pr...... successful treatment of Cushing syndrome may have a flare-up or emergence of a corticosteroid-responsive disease.......We present a patient with Cushing disease apparently suppressing sarcoidosis, which was unmasked following surgical resection of a pituitary adrenocorticotropin (ACTH)-producing microadenoma. Case report and a short review of the literature published in this area. A 46-year-old Caucasian woman...... for which the patient underwent transphenoidal resection. Maintenance corticosteroid therapy was implemented, and the signs and symptoms of Cushing disease began to resolve. Three months after surgery, multiple erythematous painful nodules developed on the patient's arms. Erythema nodosum (EN) was diagnosed...

  14. Acromegaly

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    Chanson Philippe

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Acromegaly is an acquired disorder related to excessive production of growth hormone (GH and characterized by progressive somatic disfigurement (mainly involving the face and extremities and systemic manifestations. The prevalence is estimated at 1:140,000–250,000. It is most often diagnosed in middle-aged adults (average age 40 years, men and women equally affected. Due to insidious onset and slow progression, acromegaly is often diagnosed four to more than ten years after its onset. The main clinical features are broadened extremities (hands and feet, widened thickened and stubby fingers, and thickened soft tissue. The facial aspect is characteristic and includes a widened and thickened nose, prominent cheekbones, forehead bulges, thick lips and marked facial lines. The forehead and overlying skin is thickened, sometimes leading to frontal bossing. There is a tendency towards mandibular overgrowth with prognathism, maxillary widening, tooth separation and jaw malocclusion. The disease also has rheumatologic, cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic consequences which determine its prognosis. In the majority of cases, acromegaly is related to a pituitary adenoma, either purely GH-secreting (60% or mixed. In very rare cases, acromegaly is due to ectopic secretion of growth-hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH responsible for pituitary hyperplasia. The clinical diagnosis is confirmed biochemically by an increased serum GH concentration following an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT and by detection of increased levels of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I. Assessment of tumor volume and extension is based on imaging studies. Echocardiography and sleep apnea testing are used to determine the clinical impact of acromegaly. Treatment is aimed at correcting (or preventing tumor compression by excising the disease-causing lesion, and at reducing GH and IGF-I levels to normal values. Transsphenoidal surgery is often the first-line treatment

  15. Role of adrenalectomy in recurrent Cushing's disease

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    DING Xue-fei; LI Han-zhong; YAN Wei-gang; GAO Ying; LI Xiao-qiang

    2010-01-01

    Background Cushing's disease is a pituitary-dependent type of Cushing's syndrome. Treatment consists of pituitary surgery or radiotherapy, but the recurrence rate at 10 years is as high as 40%. Adrenalectomy is considered an effective treatment to refractory Cushing's disease. The objective of this study was to examine the efficacy of laparoscopic adrenalectomy and open adrenalectomy in Cushing's disease, focusing on reversing the sequelae of hypercortisolism and improving patients' quality of life.Methods Forty-three patients (29 women, 14 men) with recurrent Cushing's disease after transsphenoidal operation underwent laparoscopic (n=32) or open (n=11) adrenalectomy from 2000 to 2008. Surgical results were evaluated for all the 43 patients. Patients completed a follow-up survey, including the short-form 36-item (SF-36) health survey. Results All the 43 patients achieved clinical reversal of hypercortisolism after adrenalectomy. Time to symptom resolution varied from a few weeks to up to 3 years. Most physical changes had resolved by a mean of 8 months after surgery. These conditions were not significantly different between the laparoscopy and open groups. Median length of hospital stay was shorter in the laparoscopy group (4 vs. 9 days; P200 ng/ml and 6 (27%) had clinical Nelson syndrome. Four patients died by 75 months after surgery. Using SF-36, 30 (88%) patients reported they felt their health status was good to excellent compared with 1 year before adrenalectomy; however, they showed significantly lower scores in all the 8 SF-36 parameters compared with the general population. No significant difference emerged in SF-36 scores between the laparoscopy and open groups.Conclusions Adrenalectomy showed high survival and clinical benefits in recurrent Cushing's disease patients. Despite patient-reported improvement in health after adrenalectomy, patients continue to experience poor health status compared with the general population.

  16. Pituitary magnetic resonance imaging in Cushing's disease.

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    Vitale, Giovanni; Tortora, Fabio; Baldelli, Roberto; Cocchiara, Francesco; Paragliola, Rosa Maria; Sbardella, Emilia; Simeoli, Chiara; Caranci, Ferdinando; Pivonello, Rosario; Colao, Annamaria

    2017-03-01

    Adrenocorticotropin-secreting pituitary tumor represents about 10 % of pituitary adenomas and at the time of diagnosis most of them are microadenomas. Transsphenoidal surgery is the first-line treatment of Cushing's disease and accurate localization of the tumor within the gland is essential for selectively removing the lesion and preserving normal pituitary function. Magnetic resonance imaging is the best imaging modality for the detection of pituitary tumors, but adrenocorticotropin-secreting pituitary microadenomas are not correctly identified in 30-50 % of cases, because of their size, location, and enhancing characteristics. Several recent studies were performed with the purpose of better localizing the adrenocorticotropin-secreting microadenomas through the use in magnetic resonance imaging of specific sequences, reduced contrast medium dose and high-field technology. Therefore, an improved imaging technique for pituitary disease is mandatory in the suspect of Cushing's disease. The aims of this paper are to present an overview of pituitary magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of Cushing's disease and to provide a magnetic resonance imaging protocol to be followed in case of suspicion adrenocorticotropin-secreting pituitary adenoma.

  17. Unmasking sarcoidosis following surgery for Cushing disease

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    Diernaes, Jon E.F.; Bygum, Anette; Poulsen, Per L.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT We present a patient with Cushing disease apparently suppressing sarcoidosis, which was unmasked following surgical resection of a pituitary adrenocorticotropin (ACTH)-producing microadenoma. Case report and a short review of the literature published in this area. A 46-year-old Caucasian woman presented with symptoms of hypercortisolism such as progressive weight gain, Cushingoid appearance, proximal myopathy, easy bruising, and amenorrhea. Blood testing including inferior petrosal sinus sampling uncovered an ACTH-producing microadenoma in the right aspect of the anterior pituitary gland for which the patient underwent transphenoidal resection. Maintenance corticosteroid therapy was implemented, and the signs and symptoms of Cushing disease began to resolve. Three months after surgery, multiple erythematous painful nodules developed on the patient's arms. Erythema nodosum (EN) was diagnosed clinically and a suspicion of underlying sarcoidosis was substantiated by lung imaging and elevated plasma interleukin (IL)-2 receptor. One month later, the lesions spontaneously resolved without therapy other than maintenance glucocorticoid replacement. Physicians should be aware that patients undergoing successful treatment of Cushing syndrome may have a flare-up or emergence of a corticosteroid-responsive disease. PMID:27375832

  18. Serratia marcescens osteomyelitis in Cushing's disease.

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    Martins, Hugo F G; Raposo, Alexandra; Baptista, Isabel; Almeida, Julio

    2015-11-30

    We report a case of a 46-year-old man with fever, hypotension and arthralgias of the ankles and knees after brain surgery for a pituitary tumour causing Cushing's disease. Blood and urine cultures isolated Serratia marcescens; antibiotic susceptibility testing showed sensitivity to piperacillin-tazobactan and ciprofloxacin. Articular MRI showed inflammation and necrosis of both knees and ankles, and left hip and right elbow (compatible with osteomyelitis). Culture of an ankle abscess on the ankle joint was positive for Serratia marcescens. Bone scintigraphy confirmed osteomyelitic lesions. Medical treatment included antibiotics and strong opioid therapy for 14 weeks. The patient was discharged clinically improved maintaining ciprofloxacin for 24 additional weeks based on clinical and analytic recovery.

  19. Cushing`s disease to a giant pituitary adenoma in early infancy: CT and MRI features

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    Maeder, P. [Dept. of Radiology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne (Switzerland); Gudinchet, F. [Dept. of Radiology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne (Switzerland); Rillet, B. [Dept. of Neurosurgery, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne (Switzerland); Theintz, G. [Dept. of Paediatrics, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne (Switzerland); Meuli, R. [Dept. of Radiology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne (Switzerland)

    1996-01-01

    We report the case of a 12-month-old girl presenting with diabetes insipidus and Cushing`s disease. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated a large tumour arising from the sella turcica, extending up to the foramen of Monro and invading the cavernous sinuses. Surgery was performed to remove the suprasellar part of the tumour, and histology revealed an adrenocorticotrophin (ACTH) secreting pituitary adenoma. This entity is very rare in this age group and the MRI features have not previously been described. (orig.)

  20. Insights on accelerated skeletal repair in Cushing's disease

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    So-Young Kim

    2015-06-01

    In this patient, spontaneous recovery of trabecular bone architecture was reflected by the early correction in TBS. Subsequent TPTD treatment was associated with marked improvement in BMD, presumably due to enhanced mineralization. Complete skeletal repair was achieved by this two-step mechanism in a very short time following successful surgical treatment for Cushing's disease.

  1. Acromegaly

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    ... disease: Colon polyps Excess hair growth in females ( hirsutism ) Type 2 diabetes Weight gain (unintentional) Exams and ... rest of the pituitary gland is working normally. Treatment Surgery to remove the pituitary tumor that is ...

  2. Medical treatment of Cushing's disease: Overview and recent findings

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    Stephanie Smooke Praw

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Stephanie Smooke Praw1, Anthony P Heaney1,21Department of Medicine, 2Department of Neurosurgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USAAbstract: Cushing's disease, due to pituitary adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH hypersecretion, is the most common etiology of spontaneous excess cortisol production. The majority of pituitary tumors causing Cushing's disease measure <1 cm and the excess morbidity associated with these tumors is mostly due to the effects of elevated, nonsuppressible, ACTH levels leading to adrenal steroid hypersecretion. Elevated circulating cortisol levels lead to abnormal fat deposition, hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, osteoporosis, muscle weakness and psychological disturbances. At experienced centers, initial surgical remission rate via transnasal, transphenoidal resection approaches 80% for tumors less than 1 cm, but may be as low as 30% for larger lesions and long-term recurrence in all groups approaches 25%. Residual disease may be managed with more radical surgery, pituitary-directed radiation, bilateral adrenalectomy, or medical therapy. This paper addresses current and novel therapies in various stages of development for Cushing’s disease.Keywords: Cushing's disease, treatment, pasireotide, PPAR-γ, 11 β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase inhibitors, dopamine agonists

  3. Low risk of coronary artery disease in patients with acromegaly.

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    Dos Santos Silva, Cintia Marques; Lima, G A B; Volschan, I C M; Gottlieb, I; Kasuki, L; Neto, L Vieira; Gadelha, M R

    2015-12-01

    The aims of this study are to determine the prevalence of coronary atherosclerosis in acromegalic patients and to investigate the relationship between the coronary artery calcium score (CS) and acromegaly status and clinical parameters [Framingham risk score (FRS)]. Fifty-six acromegalic patients and paired non-acromegalic volunteers were stratified according to the FRS into low-, intermediate-, and high-risk groups. CS was assessed using multidetector computed tomography. The patients were considered to have controlled or active acromegaly at the time they were submitted to evaluation. Sixty-six percent of acromegalic patients exhibited arterial hypertension, 36 % had diabetes mellitus, and 34 % had hypercholesterolemia. The median FRS and the median risk for cardiovascular event within the next 10 years were similar in the acromegalics and the controls. The median total CS and CS >75th percentile didn't differ significantly between these groups. In patients with controlled acromegaly, a low, intermediate, or high FRS risk was observed in 86, 14, and 0 %, respectively. In patients with active disease, a low, intermediate, or high FRS risk was verified in 94, 3, and 3 %, respectively, and differences between the controlled and active groups were not significant. Seventy-two percent of the patients had total CS = 0, and there were no differences between the controlled and active groups. The risk of coronary artery disease in acromegalic patients, determined according to FRS and CS, is low despite the high prevalence of metabolic abnormalities.

  4. Overnight Dexamethasone Suppression Test in the Diagnosis of Cushing's Disease

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    Fatemeh Esfahanian

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Realizing the cause of Cushing's Syndrome (CS is one of the most challenging processes in clinical endocrinology. The long high dose dexamethasone suppression test (standard test is costly and need an extended inpatient stay. In this study we want to show the clinical utility of the overnight 8 mg dexamethasone suppression test (DST for differential diagnosis of CS in a referral center. Retrospectively from 2002-2005 we selected the patients of endocrinology ward in Imam hospital who were admitted with the diagnosis of Cushing syndrome and had 8 mg DST (modified test along with classic DST. In modified test a decrease in an 8 AM serum cortisol level of 50% or more is thought to indicate suppression and we compared the results of modified test with standard test. This test had been done on 42 patients: 10 male (23% and 32 female (76%. The mean age of patients was 31.39 (15-63, 32 with proven pituitary Cushing's disease, 7 with primary adrnal tumors and 3 with ectopic ACTH syndrome. The standard test according to 50% suppression of UFC had 90.62% sensitivity, and according to 90% suppression had 43.75% sensitivity. The sensitivity of this test was 71.85% for serum cortisol suppression. The modified test (8 mg overnight DST had 78% sensitivity. All of these tests had 100% specificity for the diagnosis of Cushing's disease. The positive predictive vale (PPV of all of these tests was 100%. The negative predictive value (NPV of modified test for the diagnosis of Cushing's disease was 58.82%. In standard test the NPV of serum cortisol was 52.6%, UFC 50% had 76.9% NPV and UFC 90% had 35.7% NPV. The results of serum cortisol suppression in modified test is better than standard test. Although 50% suppression of UFC in standard test had greater sensitivity than modified test, collecting of urine is difficult, time consuming and needing hospitalization, so we advice modified test that is much simpler and more convenient instead of standard test in the first

  5. Diagnostic Usefulness of 3 Tesla MRI of the Brain for Cushing Disease in a Child

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    Ono, Erina; Ozawa, Ayako; Matoba, Kaori; Motoki, Takanori; Tajima, Asako; Miyata, Ichiro; Ito, Junko; Inoshita, Naoko; Yamada, Syozo; Ida, Hiroyuki

    2011-01-01

    It is sometimes difficult to confirm the location of a microadenoma in Cushing disease. Recently, we experienced an 11-yr-old female case of Cushing disease with hyperprolactinemia. She was referred to our hospital because of decrease of height velocity with body weight gain. On admission, she had typical symptoms of Cushing syndrome. Although no pituitary microadenomas were detected on 1.5 Tesla MRI of the brain, endocrinological examinations including IPS and CS sampling were consistent wit...

  6. Cushing's disease: establishing the diagnosis and management approach.

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    Varadhan, Lakshminarayanan; Aror, Amit; Walker, Adrian B; Varughese, George Iype

    2013-04-01

    A 64 year old lady, with a background history of type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension, presented with general deterioration of general health, poor glycemic control, difficulty in controlling blood pressure and difficulty in walking. She had past medical history of adenocarcinoma of the oesophagus, treated with surgery and subsequent chemotherapy. General examination revealed high blood glucose and blood pressure and a Cushingoid facies. Overnight dexamethasone suppression test and urinary free cortisol levels confirmed Cushing's syndrome and High dose dexamethasone suppression test showed partial suppression. CT scan of the abdomen showed bilateral hyperplasia of the adrenals with nodularity on the left side, raising the possibility of an adrenal adenoma. ACTH levels were elevated thereby ruling out autonomously functioning adrenal nodule, however increasing the possibility of ectopic ACTH secretion due to the previous medical history. MRI of the pituitary confirmed the presence of an adenoma, thereby pointing to the diagnosis of pituitary dependant Cushing's disease. The patient could not undergo further invasive investigation or surgery due to septicaemia. Medical management of Cushing's syndrome was resorted to in the interim with Ketoconazole, showing excellent response. This case depicts the need for a high index of suspicion for the diagnosis, the importance of organizing specific investigations in the appropriate order to arrive at a diagnosis and an effective management plan.

  7. Candida albicans endophthalmitis in a patient with a non-functioning pituitary adenoma evolving into Cushing׳s disease: A case report

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    Eun Kyoung Lee

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available A 53-year-old woman presented with complaints of blurred vision in the left eye. She had been treated for recurrent non-functioning pituitary adenoma (NFPA. A vitreous biopsy followed by histopathologic examination showed the presence of Candida albicans. Meanwhile, Cushing׳s disease was diagnosed and gamma knife surgery was performed. Vitrectomy and antifungal treatment improved ocular infection and inflammation. Herein, we describe the first case of C. albicans endophthalmitis in a patient with NFPA evolving into Cushing׳s disease.

  8. Quality of life in patients after long-term biochemical cure of cushing's disease

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    M.O. van Aken (Maarten); A.M. Pereira (Alberto); N.R. Biermasz; S.W. van Thiel (Sjoerd); H. Hoftijzer (Hendrieke); J.W. Smit (Johannes); F. Roelfsema (Ferdinand); S.W.J. Lamberts (Steven); J.A. Romijn (Johannes)

    2005-01-01

    textabstractTo evaluate the long-term impact of cured Cushing's disease on subjective well-being, we assessed quality of life by validated health-related questionnaires in 58 patients cured from Cushing's disease by transsphenoidal surgery (n = 58), some of whom received additional radiotherapy (n =

  9. Detecting acromegaly: screening for disease with a morphable model.

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    Learned-Miller, Erik; Lu, Qifeng; Paisley, Angela; Trainer, Peter; Blanz, Volker; Dedden, Katrin; Miller, Ralph

    2006-01-01

    Acromegaly is a rare disorder which affects about 50 of every million people. The disease typically causes swelling of the hands, feet, and face, and eventually permanent changes to areas such as the jaw, brow ridge, and cheek bones. The disease is often missed by physicians and progresses beyond where it might if it were identified and treated earlier. We consider a semi-automated approach to detecting acromegaly, using a novel combination of support vector machines (SVMs) and a morphable model. Our training set consists of 24 frontal photographs of acromegalic patients and 25 of disease-free subjects. We modelled each subject's face in an analysis-by-synthesis loop using the three-dimensional morphable face model of Blanz and Vetter. The model parameters capture many features of the 3D shape of the subject's head from just a single photograph, and are used directly for classification. We report encouraging results of a classifier built from the training set of real human subjects.

  10. Outcome of Cushing's disease following transsphenoidal surgery in a single center over 20 years.

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    Hassan-Smith, Zaki K

    2012-04-01

    Historically, Cushing\\'s disease (CD) was associated with a 5-yr survival of just 50%. Although advances in CD management have seen mortality rates improve, outcome from transsphenoidal surgery (TSS), the current first-line treatment, varies significantly between centers.

  11. FGFR4 polymorphic variants modulate phenotypic features of Cushing disease.

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    Nakano-Tateno, Tae; Tateno, Toru; Hlaing, Maw Maw; Zheng, Lei; Yoshimoto, Katsuhiko; Yamada, Shozo; Asa, Sylvia L; Ezzat, Shereen

    2014-04-01

    Cushing disease is a potentially lethal condition resulting from hormone excess, usually due to a small pituitary tumor that fails to respond to negative feedback inhibition. A minority of patients develop larger, more aggressive tumors of the same lineage but with modest hormone excess. Here we show that a common polymorphism in the fibroblast growth factor receptor 4 (FGFR4) transmembrane domain yields receptor isoforms with distinct properties that mediate these biological differences. Forced expression of the major FGFR4-G388 variant allele supports pY-signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT3) responses. In contrast, expression of the minor FGFR4-R388 allele enhances STAT3 serine phosphorylation, driving cellular growth. In addition, FGFR4-R388 enhances glucocorticoid receptor phosphorylation and nuclear translocation. Consistent with these findings, glucocorticoid administration resulted in enhanced hormone negative feedback in mice with knock-in of the FGFR4 variant allele. Moreover, clinical data from patients with pituitary tumors revealed that those homozygous for the R388 allele have a higher frequency of silent corticotroph macroadenomas than FGFR4-G388 carriers, who were more likely to have small but hormonally active microadenomas. These findings demonstrate that the FGFR4 transmembrane polymorphic variants can modulate cellular growth and sensitivity to glucocorticoid hormone negative feedback through distinct STAT3 modifications of relevance to the human forms of Cushing disease.

  12. Cushing's Disease Presented by Reversible Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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    Introduction. Dilated cardiomyopathy is rarely reported among CS patients especially without hypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy. Materials and Methods. We hereby report a Cushing’s syndrome case presenting with dilated cardiomyopathy. Results. A 48-year-old female patient was admitted to our clinic with severe proximal myopathy and dilated cardiomyopathy without ventricular hypertrophy. Cushing’s disease was diagnosed and magnetic-resonance imaging of the pituitary gland revealed a...

  13. A 12-month phase 3 study of pasireotide in Cushing's disease

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    Colao, Annamaria; Petersenn, Stephan; Newell-Price, John;

    2012-01-01

    Cushing's disease is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Pasireotide, a potential therapy, has a unique, broad somatostatin-receptor-binding profile, with high binding affinity for somatostatin-receptor subtype 5....

  14. Sequelae to acromegaly: reversibility with treatment of the primary disease.

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    Lieberman, S A; Hoffman, A R

    1990-06-01

    Acromegalic patients suffer from a number of cardiovascular, metabolic, and rheumatologic problems, and they may also have an increased incidence of malignancy. We reviewed the literature concerning the reversibility of acromegalic complications. Hypertension, myocardial hypertrophy, left ventricular dysfunction and some rheumatologic abnormalities often continue despite successful treatment of the acromegaly. In contrast, glucose intolerance, soft tissue changes, and carpal tunnel syndrome usually resolve when the acromegaly is cured. Studies of the incidence and mortality of cancer in acromegaly are conflicting, but several suggest an increased incidence of colorectal cancer.

  15. Diagnostic usefulness of 3 tesla MRI of the brain for cushing disease in a child.

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    Ono, Erina; Ozawa, Ayako; Matoba, Kaori; Motoki, Takanori; Tajima, Asako; Miyata, Ichiro; Ito, Junko; Inoshita, Naoko; Yamada, Syozo; Ida, Hiroyuki

    2011-10-01

    It is sometimes difficult to confirm the location of a microadenoma in Cushing disease. Recently, we experienced an 11-yr-old female case of Cushing disease with hyperprolactinemia. She was referred to our hospital because of decrease of height velocity with body weight gain. On admission, she had typical symptoms of Cushing syndrome. Although no pituitary microadenomas were detected on 1.5 Tesla MRI of the brain, endocrinological examinations including IPS and CS sampling were consistent with Cushing disease with hyperprolactinemia. Oral administration of methyrapone instead of neurosurgery was started after discharge, but subsequent 3 Tesla MRI of the brain clearly demonstrated a 3-mm less-enhanced lesion in the left side of the pituitary gland. Finally, transsphenoidal surgery was performed, and a 3.5-mm left-sided microadenoma was resected. Compared with 1.5 Tesla MRI, 3 Tesla MRI offers the advantage of a higher signal to noise ratio (SNR), which provides higher resolution and proper image quality. Therefore, 3 Tesla MRI is a very useful tool to localize microadenomas in Cushing disease in children as well as in adults. It will be the first choice of radiological examinations in suspected cases of Cushing disease.

  16. Gêmeas idênticas discordantes para a doença de Cushing: relato de caso Identical twins discordant for Cushing's disease: case report

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    1999-09-01

    Full Text Available A doença de Cushing é rara em crianças e sua ocorrência em gêmeos é ainda mais rara. O presente estudo relata a ocorrência de gêmeas idênticas discordantes quanto à doença de Cushing. Uma das gêmeas, desenvolveu síndrome de Cushing aos 10 anos de idade. Sua investigação demonstrou cortisol urinário elevado, ACTH sérico elevado e testes de supressão com dexametasona compatíveis com doença de Cushing. A RMN mostrou macroadenoma hipofisário que foi operado por via transesfenoidal. O estudo imuno-histoquímico confirmou a presença de células produtoras de ACTH. A paciente entrou em remissão clínica e laboratorial desde a cirurgia. Após o desaparecimento dos estigmas do Cushing, a paciente reiniciou ganho estatural, mas permanece menor que sua irmã gêmea. Esta última permanece saudável 4 anos após o início da doença de sua irmã. Este é o terceiro caso do gênero relatado na literatura. Estes achados sugerem que fatores não genéticos estão envolvidos na gênese da doença de Cushing.Cushing's disease is rare in children and its ocurrence in identical twins is extremely rare. This paper reports on identical twins discordant for Cushing's disease. One of them first presented with a cushingoid phenotype by the age of 10. Her evaluation showed an increased urinary free-cortisol and serum ACTH. Her pattern in the dexametazone supression tests was compatible with Cushing's disease. MRI disclosed a pituitary macroadenoma which was removed by the transesphenoidal approach. Immunohistochemical studies of the tumor showed the presence of ACTH-producing cells. The patient went into clinical and laboratorial remission after surgery. She re-started to grow after the disappearance of the Cushing's phenotype but she is still shorter than her healthy sister. The latter remains disease-free 4 years after her sister's diagnosis. This represents the third such case reported in the literature. Our findings suggest that acquired

  17. Neuropsychiatric disorders and cognitive dysfunction in patients with Cushing's disease

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    CHEN Yu-fan; LI Yun-feng; CHEN Xiao; SUN Qing-fang

    2013-01-01

    Objective To review the main neuropsychiatric disorders and cognitive deficits in patients with Cushing's disease (CD) and the associated pathophysiological mechanisms underlying CD.These mechanistic details may provide recommendations for preventing or treating the cognitive impairments and mood disorders in patients with CD.Data sources Data were obtained from papers on psychiatric and cognitive complications in CD published in English within the last 20 years.To perform the PubMed literature search,the following keywords were input:cushing's disease,cognitive,hippocampal,or glucocorticoids.Study selection Studies were selected if they contained data relevant to the topic addressed in the particular section.Because of the limited length of this article,we have frequently referenced recent reviews that contain a comprehensive amalgamation of literature rather than the actual source papers.Results Patients with active CD not only suffer from many characteristic clinical features,but also show some neuropsychiatric disorders and cognitive impairments.Among the psychiatric manifestations,the common ones are emotional instability,depressive disorder,anxious symptoms,impulsivity,and cognitive impairment.Irreversible effects of previous glucocorticoid (GC) excess on the central nervous system,such as hippocampal and the basal ganglia,is the most reasonable reason.Excess secretion of cortisol brings much structural and functional changes in hippocampal,such as changes in neurogenesis and morphology,signaling pathway,gene expression,and glutamate accumulation.Hippocampal volume loss can be found in most patients with CD,and decreased glucose utilization caused by GCs may lead to brain atrophy,neurogenesis impairment,inhibition of long-term potentiation,and decreased neurotrophic factors; these may also explain the mechanisms of GC-induced brain atrophy and hippocampal changes.Conclusions Brain atrophy and hippocampal changes caused by excess secretion of cortisol are

  18. The History of Acromegaly.

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    de Herder, Wouter W

    2016-01-01

    Pierre Marie coined the term 'acromegaly' in 1886 and linked it to a distinct clinical disease with a characteristic clinical picture. However, Pierre Marie was not the first physician to give a full record of the clinical picture of acromegaly; others had preceded him, like the Dutch physician Johannes Wier. After Marie, pituitary enlargement was noted in almost all patients with acromegaly. Subsequently it was discovered that pituitary hyperfunction caused by a pituitary tumour was indeed the cause of acromegaly. The cause of acromegaly could be further determined after the discovery of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) and after demonstrating an association with GH hypersecretion and elevated circulating IGF-I. From the beginning of the 20th century, acromegaly could be treated by pituitary surgery and/or radiotherapy. After 1970, medical therapies were introduced that could control acromegaly. First, dopamine agonists were introduced, followed by somatostatin analogues and GH receptor blockers.

  19. Disease control and treatment modalities have impact on quality of life in acromegaly evaluated by Acromegaly Quality of Life (AcroQoL) Questionnaire.

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    Vandeva, Silvia; Yaneva, Maria; Natchev, Emil; Elenkova, Atanaska; Kalinov, Krasimir; Zacharieva, Sabina

    2015-08-01

    Various factors influence quality of life (QoL) in acromegaly. Whether disease control and treatment approach are related to QoL is still a matter of debate. The aim of the present study was to evaluate QoL in patients with acromegaly using the disease-specific Acromegaly Quality of Life Questionnaire in respect to disease activity, treatment modalities, and other factors. We studied 212 patients with acromegaly in a cross-sectional manner over a 6-year period in a single tertiary center. As a second step, seventy of the patients who were with active disease at baseline were followed up prospectively and 45 of them were in remission at re-evaluation. In regard to the cross-sectional group, active acromegaly independently predicted worse appearance scores. Prior radiotherapy and older age were independent negative predictors of all scales. Female gender negatively predicted all scales except the appearance domain. Longer duration of remission predicted worse personal relations scores in biochemically controlled patients. The use of somatostatin analog (SSA) was associated with worse personal relations scores, while higher IGF-1 index predicted worse appearance scores in patients with active acromegaly. In the prospective group, achievement of remission independently predicted improvement of the total scale. Lower corresponding baseline scores predicted improvement of the total, physical, and appearance scales, while the absence of hypopituitarism independently predicted improvement of the appearance scale. The use of SSA was associated with improvement of the total and appearance scores. In conclusion, QoL is a multifactorial issue that needs an individualized approach for detection and management.

  20. [Cushing's disease in childhood: apropos of a case cured after trans-sphenoidal adenomectomy].

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    Barrios Castellanos, R; Argente Oliver, J; Alonso Blanco, M; Yturriaga Matarranz, R

    1984-03-15

    Authors describe one case of Cushing's disease in a old eight-year boy, with growth deficiency, pubic hair and obesity. He had hypercortisolism unresponsive to dexamethasone suppression (1 mg). The more interesting fact for localization of the lesion was the more than 50% suppression with 8 mg of dexamethasone, while tomographic studies of sella turcicaland CAT were normal. A 3 mm microadenoma was removed at transsphenoidal surgery. After surgery the patient had diabetes insipida and adrenal insufficiency. One year later all endocrinologic studies were normal. This fact underlines the importance that transsphenoidal surgery can have in the treatment of Cushing's disease.

  1. Risk of Thyroid Nodular Disease and Thyroid Cancer in Patients with Acromegaly – Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review

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    Kosma Wolinski; Agata Czarnywojtek; Marek Ruchala

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Acromegaly is a quite rare chronic disease caused by the increased secretion of growth hormone (GH) and subsequently insulin - like growth factor 1. Although cardiovascular diseases remains the most common cause of mortality among acromegalic patients, increased prevalence of malignant and benign neoplasms remains a matter of debate. The aim of this study is to evaluate the risk of thyroid nodular disease (TND) and thyroid cancer in patients with acromegaly. MATERIALS AND METHOD...

  2. ACROMEGALY: A CASE REPORT

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    Acromegaly is a rare disease caused due to hyper secretion of growth hormone. Most of the cases of acromegaly are caused by pitutary adenoma which can be microadenoma or macroadenomas. These adenomas are never malignant, but can have significant morbidity and mortality. We report a 35 year old female patient presented herewith classical presentation of acromegaly with chief complain of weight gain, excessive sweating , widening of both hands and feet and was diagnosed as a case of acromega...

  3. The burden of Cushing's disease: Clinical and health-related quality of life aspects

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    R.A. Feelders (Richard); S.J. Pulgar (S.); A. Kempel (A.); A.M. Pereira (Alberto)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractObjective: Cushing's disease (CD) is a rare endocrine disorder characterized by excess secretion of ACTH due to a pituitary adenoma. Current treatment options are limited and may pose additional risks. A literature review was conducted to assess the holistic burden of CD. Design: Studies

  4. The autopsy was conducted "Under most inauspicious circumstances:" John Turner, Harvey Cushing's case XXXII, and his unwitting contributions to the early understanding of acromegaly.

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    Pendleton, Courtney; Wand, Gary; Quinones-Hinojosa, Alfredo

    2010-12-01

    Harvey Cushing's monograph The Pituitary Body and Its Disorders describes Case XXXII, a 36-year-old man who presented with gigantism in 1910. The detailed post-mortem exam findings are prefaced with a cryptic statement, describing "inauspicious circumstances" surrounding the autopsy. Although contemporary biographies of Cushing have offered insight into these circumstances, the original surgical file for Case XXXII has not been previously reviewed. The original Johns Hopkins Hospital surgical records were reviewed, and the case of John Turner, who Cushing identified by name in his monograph The Pituitary Body and Its Disorders, was selected for further review. A review of the original surgical file revealed a typewritten note by Dr. Crowe, one of the surgeons who performed the post-mortem exam, with a handwritten addendum by Dr. Cushing. This document provides detail regarding the "inauspicious circumstances" surrounding the autopsy. Namely, the autopsy was conducted without permission of the family, during the funeral service, following a payment to the undertaker. The new information regarding the autopsy of John Turner offers insight into the previously incompletely described circumstances surrounding the autopsy. Additionally, the case illuminates the obligations and ethical quandaries that physician-scientists face.

  5. Progestogens and Cushing's syndrome.

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    Harte, C

    2012-02-03

    We report 3 patients where Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (MPA = Provera) and Megestrol Acetate (Megace) in doses used for therapy of breast cancer, caused clinical hypercortisolism and Cushing\\'s syndrome. Studies of the toxicity of Medroxyprogesterone Acetate list the commonest adverse events at 500 mg\\/day as weight gain, water retention, increased blood pressure, tremor, moon face, sweating, muscle cramps, vaginal bleeding and increased appetite. Glucocorticoid-like effects are seen in up to 30% of patients treated for longer than 6 weeks with mostly large doses of the order of 1500 mg\\/day but Cushing\\'s syndrome has been reported in patients taking 400 mg\\/day. Neither the glucocorticoid-like effects or Cushing\\'s syndrome have been previously observed with Megestrol Acetate. In the elderly female population receiving progestogens for neoplastic disease the progestogen itself could be an appreciable cause of morbidity both by causing glucocorticoid-like effects and Cushing\\'s syndrome but also by lack of awareness of the danger of sudden withdrawal of these compounds when the hypothalmic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is suppressed. The signs and symptoms could be easily overlooked unless appropriate testing for Cushing\\'s syndrome is carried out. While the progestogen may have to be continued indefinitely a dose decrease may be feasible with reduction of morbidity.

  6. Pasiretide, a new kind of somatostatin analogs for treating Cushing disease%治疗库欣病的新生长抑素类似物帕瑞肽

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    张大明; 李乃适

    2012-01-01

    帕瑞肽是一种能与多受体结合的生长抑素类似物,与生长抑素受体sst1-3和sst5有高结合力.帕瑞肽能抑制GH,IGF-I和ACTH的分泌,提示其可能用于肢端肥大症与库欣病的治疗;而其在细胞试验中抑制神经内分泌肿瘤细胞增殖、在动物实验中显示能延长抑制激素分泌的时间以及类癌表达多个sst显示帕瑞肽在治疗类癌方面可能优于奥曲肽.目前帕瑞肽在肢端肥大症、类癌的Ⅱ期临床试验已经结束,有关库欣病方面Ⅲ期临床试验也已完成,3项试验证实其对于肢端肥大症、类癌是一种新的治疗手段,并成为治疗库欣病的新方法.%Pasireotide is a kind of somatostatin analogs which can bind with multiple receptors and especially has a high affinity with the somatostatin receptors sst,, sst2, sst3 and sst5. It inhibits release of GH, IGF-I and ACTH, suggesting a potency for the treatment of acromegaly and Cushing disease. Pasireotide inhibits proliferation of neuroendocrine tumor cells, prolongs the inhibition duration of the hormone secretion and carcinoid expressing multiple somatostatin receptors, which may have advantage in carcinoid treatment. Currently, the phrase IJ clinical trails of pasireotide in acromegaly and carcinoid have been completed, and the phrase III in Cushing disease has been accomplished too, all of which suggest that pasireotide holds the promise as a new treatment for acromegaly and carcinoid, and the first medicine for Cushing disease.

  7. Benign and malignant nodular thyroid disease in acromegaly. Is a routine thyroid ultrasound evaluation advisable?

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    Jordi L Reverter

    Full Text Available Data on the prevalence of benign and malignant nodular thyroid disease in patients with acromegaly is a matter of debate. In the last decade an increasing incidence of thyroid cancer has been reported. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of goiter, thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer in a large series of patients with acromegaly with a cross-sectional study with a control group. Six Spanish university hospitals participated. One hundred and twenty three patients (50% men; mean age 59±13 years; disease duration 6.7±7.2 years and 50 controls (51% males, mean age 58±15 years were studied. All participants underwent thyroid ultrasound and fine needle aspiration. Cytological analysis was performed in suspicious nodules between 0.5 and 1.0 cm and in all nodules greater than 1.0 cm. Goiter was more frequently found in patients than in controls (24.9 vs. 8.3%, respectively; p<0.001. Nodular thyroid disease as well as nodules greater than 1 cm were also more prevalent in acromegalic patients (64.6%, vs. 28.6%, p<0.05 and 53.3 vs. 28.6%, respectively; p<0.05, and all underwent fine needle aspiration. Suspicious cytology was detected in 4 patients and in none of the controls. After thyroidectomy, papillary thyroid carcinoma was confirmed in two cases (3.3% of patients with thyroid nodules, representing 1.6% of the entire group of patients with acromegaly (2.4% including a case with previously diagnosed papillary thyroid carcinoma. These data indicated that thyroid nodular disease and cancer are increased in acromegaly, thus justifying its routine ultrasound screening.

  8. Medical therapy in acromegaly.

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    Sherlock, Mark

    2011-05-01

    Acromegaly is a rare disease characterized by excess secretion of growth hormone (GH) and increased circulating insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) concentrations. The disease is associated with increased morbidity and premature mortality, but these effects can be reduced if GH levels are decreased to <2.5 μg\\/l and IGF-1 levels are normalized. Therapy for acromegaly is targeted at decreasing GH and IGF-1 levels, ameliorating patients\\' symptoms and decreasing any local compressive effects of the pituitary adenoma. The therapeutic options for acromegaly include surgery, radiotherapy and medical therapies, such as dopamine agonists, somatostatin receptor ligands and the GH receptor antagonist pegvisomant. Medical therapy is currently most widely used as secondary treatment for persistent or recurrent acromegaly following noncurative surgery, although it is increasingly used as primary therapy. This Review provides an overview of current and future pharmacological therapies for patients with acromegaly.

  9. Cardiovascular complications in acromegaly.

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    Vitale, G; Pivonello, R; Lombardi, G; Colao, A

    2004-09-01

    Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality are increased in acromegaly. In fact, GH and IGF-I excess induces a specific cardiomyopathy. The early stage of acromegaly is characterized by the hyperkinetic syndrome (high heart rate and increased systolic output). Frequently, concentric biventricular hypertrophy and diastolic dysfunction occur in acromegaly, leading to an impaired systolic function ending in heart failure if the disease is untreated or unsuccessfully untreated. Besides, abnormalities of cardiac rhythm and of valves have been also described in acromegaly. The coexistence of other complications, such as arterial hypertension and diabetes, aggravates the acromegalic cardiomyopathy. The suppression of GH/IGF-I following an efficacious therapy could decrease left ventricular mass and improve cardiac function. In conclusion, a careful evaluation of cardiac function, morphology and activity seems to be mandatory in acromegaly.

  10. Pituitary function following megavoltage therapy for Cushings' disease; long term follow up

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    Sharpe, G.F.; Kendall-Taylor, P.; Prescott, R.W.G.; Ross, W.M.; Davison, C.; Watson, M.J.; Cook, D.B. (Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK))

    1985-02-01

    Eight patients who had received megavoltage therapy for Cushings' disease 5-12 years previously have been reviewed. The long term response to this therapy was assessed with respect to efficacy of treatment in inducing continued remission and disturbance of hypothalamic-pituitary function. One patient showed clear evidence of relapse of Cushings' disease. One patient had unequivocal hypopituitarism. Basal levels of growth hormone (GH), TSH, LH, and FSH were not statistically different from controls, but provocative testing revealed significant abnormalities of response of cortisol/ACTH, GH, prolactin and LH. Six out of eight patients had absent diurnal cortisol variation and five patients had elevated serum prolactin levels. Thus, in this group of patients normal pituitary-adrenal function has not been satisfactorily restored. It is clear that significant disturbances of hypothalamic-pituitary function follow megavoltage therapy and these may progress to overt hypopituitarism.

  11. ACROMEGALY: A CASE REPORT

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    10.5958/2319-5886.2015.00183.6

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    Full Text Available Acromegaly is a rare disease caused due to hyper secretion of growth hormone. Most of the cases of acromegaly are caused by pitutary adenoma which can be microadenoma or macroadenomas. These adenomas are never malignant, but can have significant morbidity and mortality. We report a 35 year old female patient presented herewith classical presentation of acromegaly with chief complain of weight gain, excessive sweating , widening of both hands and feet and was diagnosed as a case of acromegaly due to macroadenoma of pirtutary gland, on the basis of typical clinical features and hormonal parameters also radiological findings. Patient underwent transsphenoidal surgical resection of macroadenoma and recovered completely from the disease. Early recognition and diagnosis will help to avoid the complications of disease.

  12. Acromegaly: the disease, its impact on patients, and managing the burden of long-term treatment

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    Full Text Available Daphne T Adelman1, Karen JP Liebert2, Lisa B Nachtigall2, Michele Lamerson3, Bert Bakker31Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 2Neuroendocrine Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 3Endocrinology Medical Affairs, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc, Basking Ridge, NJ, USAAbstract: Acromegaly is a rare disease most often caused by the prolonged secretion of excess growth hormone from a pituitary adenoma. The disease is associated with multiple significant comorbidities and increased mortality. The delay to diagnosis is often long. This may be because of low disease awareness among health care professionals, the insidious onset of differentiating features, and because patients are likely to present with complaints typical of other conditions more frequently seen in primary care. Early identification of acromegaly facilitates prompt treatment initiation and may minimize the permanent effects of excess growth hormone. The primary treatment for many patients will be pituitary surgery, although not all patients will be eligible for surgery or achieve a surgical cure. If biochemical control is not achieved following surgery, other treatment options include medical therapy and radiation therapy. Improved biochemical control may only alleviate rather than reverse the associated comorbidities. Thus, lifelong monitoring of patient health is needed, with particular attention to the management of cardiovascular risk factors. It is additionally important to consider the impact of both disease and treatment on patients' quality of life and minimize that impact where possible, but particularly for chronic therapies. For the majority of patients, chronic therapy is likely to include somatostatin analog injections. In some circumstances, it may be possible to extend the dosing interval of the analog once good biochemical control is achieved. Additional convenience

  13. Cushing's Syndrome

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    Cushing's syndrome is a hormonal disorder. The cause is long-term exposure to too much cortisol, a hormone ... cause your body to make too much cortisol. Cushing's syndrome is rare. Some symptoms are Upper body obesity ...

  14. Acceleration of pubertal development following pituitary radiotherapy for Cushing's disease

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    Nicholl, R.M.; Kirk, J.M.W.; Grossman, A.B.; Plowman, P.N.; Besser, G.M.; Savage, M.O. (Saint Bartholomew' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom))

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    A 7-year-old boy with pituitary dependent Cushing's disease was treated with pituitary irradiation following unsuccessful microadenomectomy. This led to normalization of the hypercortisolaemia, but was followed by GH deficiency. Two years after radiotherapy he had the onset of pubertal development with testicular enlargement to 8 ml bilaterally. Pubertal regression was induced using the long-acting GnRH analogue goserelin. Acceleration of skeletal maturation was also arrested, resulting in improvement of final height prediction. Irradiation directly to the hypothalamo-pituitary region, as well as whole brain irradiation, may thus be associated with accelerated pubertal development. (author).

  15. Postmortem diagnosis of Fabry disease with acromegaly and a unique vasculopathy.

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    Takao, Masaki; Mori, Taisuke; Orikasa, Hideki; Oh, Haengphil; Suzuki, Kinuko; Koto, Atsuo; Yamazaki, Kazuto

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    A 44-year-old Japanese man with elevated growth hormone levels and gradual deterioration of mental and renal function was admitted to the hospital. With his deteriorated general condition and renal failure, the patient developed pulmonary thromboembolism and died of respiratory failure. Autopsy examination was conducted, which revealed abnormal accumulation or intracytoplasmic storage of lipid-rich material in the small blood vessels, kidney, heart, and nervous system. After postmortem pathologic studies, including light-microscopic histochemistry, electron microscopy, and biochemical analysis of the stored lipid contents, a final diagnosis of Fabry disease was made. Histopathologic examination revealed a unique vasculopathy characterized by the presence of abnormal intracytoplasmic lipid inclusions and vascular remodeling. With regard to the clinical presentation of acromegaly, hyperplasia but not adenomatous transformation of the acidophils of the anterior pituitary gland with immunohistochemical detection of growth hormone within the cells was noted. In this case, the complication of acromegaly with hyperplasia of the acidophilic cells of the anterior pituitary gland and the unique vasculopathy causing significant organ failure, mainly of the kidney, heart, and central nervous systems, possibly as a result of microcirculatory failure, are considered to be not incidental findings but to be intimately involved in the pathogenesis of Farby disease.

  16. Prevalence and pathogenesis of sleep apnea and lung disease in acromegaly.

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    Fatti, L M; Scacchi, M; Pincelli, A I; Lavezzi, E; Cavagnini, F

    2001-09-01

    Respiratory disorders are common and important complications in acromegaly. Patients suffering from acromegaly display a 1.6-3.3 fold increase in mortality rate, which is due to respiratory disorders in 25% of cases. In these patients, mortality for lung disease is 2-3 fold higher than in the general population. Every portion of the respiratory system may be involved. Deformities of facial bones, edema and hypertrophy of the mucosae and pharyngeal and laryngeal cartilages, enlargement of the tongue and inspiratory collapse of the hypopharinx, all may contribute to respiratory alterations. Nasal polyps, "hormonal rhinitis", changes of the voice and snoring are common occurrences. Though rarely, a laryngocele may ensue. Pneumomegaly is frequently observed and, as suggested by functional studies, might be due to an increased number rather than volume of the alveoli. An obstructive respiratory syndrome caused by mucosal thickening of the upper airways and bronchi is observed in 25% of female and 70% of male patients. The sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) affects 60-70% of acromegalic patients. SAS may be of obstructive, central or mixed type. Obstructive SAS is the prevailing form in acromegaly. It is due to intermittent obstruction of upper airways with preserved activity of the respiratory center, as testified by the remarkable thoracic and abdominal respiratory efforts. The pathogenesis of the central type of SAS is more complex. Narrowing of the upper airways may induce reflex inhibition of the respiratory center. Moreover, increased GH levels and, possibly, defects in the somatostatinergic pathways, may increase the ventilatory response of the respiratory center to carbon dioxide, thereby leading to respiratory arrest. In the mixed type of SAS, the phenomena underlying the other two forms coexist. Oxygen desaturation concomitant with the apneic episodes accounts for the frequent nocturnal wakening and diurnal drowsiness. Among the clinical correlates of SAS, arterial

  17. Reversible "brain atrophy" in patients with Cushing's disease

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    Gnjidić, Živko; Sajko, Tomislav; Kudelić, Nenad; Malenica, Maša; Vizner, Branka; Vrkljan, Milan; Hat, Josip; Rumboldt, Zoran

    2008-01-01

    During the past 25 years, we came across 60 patients with corticotroph pituitary adenomas and Cushing’s disease. Neuroradiological examination showed prominent volume loss of the brain parenchyma, unexpected for the patient’s age. This »brain atrophy« appeared to regress after surgical removal of pituitary adenoma and normalization of cortisol level. Observed difference between degree of »brain atrophy« in the Cushing’s disease group and in the control group was statistically sign...

  18. Risk of thyroid nodular disease and thyroid cancer in patients with acromegaly--meta-analysis and systematic review.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Acromegaly is a quite rare chronic disease caused by the increased secretion of growth hormone (GH and subsequently insulin - like growth factor 1. Although cardiovascular diseases remains the most common cause of mortality among acromegalic patients, increased prevalence of malignant and benign neoplasms remains a matter of debate. The aim of this study is to evaluate the risk of thyroid nodular disease (TND and thyroid cancer in patients with acromegaly. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PubMed, Cochrane Library, Scopus, Cinahl, Academic Search Complete, Web of Knowledge, PubMed Central, PubMed Central Canada and Clinical Key databases were searched to identify studies containing. Random-effects model was used to calculate pooled odds ratios and risk ratios of TND in acromegaly. Studies which not included control groups were systematically reviewed. RESULTS: TND was more frequent in acromegaly than in control groups (OR = 6.9, RR = 2.1. The pooled prevalence of TND was 59.2%. Also thyroid cancer (TC proved to be more common in acromegalic patients (OR = 7.5, RR = 7.2, prevalence was 4.3%. The pooled rate of malignancy (calculated per patient was equal to 8.7%. CONCLUSIONS: This study confirms that both TND and TC occur significantly more often in acromegalic patients than in general population. These results indicate that periodic thyroid ultrasound examination and careful evaluation of eventual lesions should be an important part of follow-up of patients with acromegaly.

  19. Clinical features of GH deficiency and effects of 3 years of GH replacement in adults with controlled Cushing's disease

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    Höybye, Charlotte; Ragnarsson, Oskar; Jönsson, Peter J;

    2010-01-01

    Patients in remission from Cushing's disease (CD) have many clinical features that are difficult to distinguish from those of concomitant GH deficiency (GHD). In this study, we evaluated the features of GHD in a large cohort of controlled CD patients, and assessed the effect of GH treatment....

  20. Cushing Disease After Treatment of Nonfunctional Pituitary Adenoma: A Case Report and Literature Review.

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    Fang, Hongjuan; Tian, Rui; Wu, Huanwen; Xu, Jian; Fan, Hong; Zhou, Jian; Zhong, Liyong

    2015-12-01

    We describe a very rare case of nonfunctional pituitary adenoma (NFPA) that exhibited corticotrophic activity after resection and radiotherapy. The possible mechanisms of the transformation from NFPA to Cushing disease (CD) are discussed.A 43-year-old man presented with impaired vision, bilateral frontal headaches, and hyposexuality. He had no symptoms suggestive of hypercortisolism, and 8 am plasma cortisol concentration was 67.88 ng/mL. Brain imaging revealed a 15 × 15 × 21-mm sellar mass suggestive of a macroadenoma. The tumor was resected by transsphenoidal surgery and identified by immunohistochemical analysis as a chromophobic adenoma that did not stain for pituitary hormones. The patient was treated with prednisone and levothyroxine replacement therapy. After a third recurrence, the patient presented with clinical features and physical signs of Cushing syndrome. Plasma adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and cortisol concentrations were elevated, and there was a loss of circadian rhythms. Inferior petrosal sinus sampling after desmopressin showed the central-peripheral ACTH ratio was greater than 3:1. A repeat transsphenoidal resection was undertaken. Immunohistochemistry revealed ACTH positivity. Three months following surgery, imaging showed little residual tumor, but plasma ACTH remained elevated. He was referred for postoperative Gamma Knife radiotherapy.The immunological activity and biological features of the hormones secreted from a pituitary adenoma vary with time. Because long-term outcomes are unpredictable, postoperative follow-up is essential to detect postoperative transformation from NFPA to CD.

  1. Sustained remission of Cushing's disease with mitotane and pituitary irradiation

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    Schteingart, D.E.; Tsao, H.S.; Taylor, C.I.; McKenzie, A.; Victoria, R.; Therrien, B.A.

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    Low doses of mitotane were given orally to 36 patients with Cushing's disease, concurrently with or after pituitary cobalt irradiation. Clinical and biochemical remission occurred in 29. The response to treatment occurred early in 17 patients and late in 12. The different pattern of response to mitotane was not related to the dose given or to its serum level. Early biochemical indicators of adrenal suppression with mitotane were a sharp decrease in adrenal response to the infusion of ACTH and in plasma levels of dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate. Although mitotane was given together with pituitary irradiation, initial remission was due mainly to the adrenal effect of mitotane. Plasma ACTH levels were still elevated when cortisol had returned to normal. In seventeen of the 29 patients who responded to treatment drug therapy has been discontinued, and they remain in remission of Cushing's syndrome. Side-effects have been dose dependent, with anorexia, nausea, decreased memory, and gynecomastia in men being the commonest.

  2. Known VDR polymorphisms are not associated with bone mineral density measures in pediatric Cushing disease.

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    Lodish, Maya B; Mastroyannis, Spyridon A; Sinaii, Ninet; Boikos, Sosipatros A; Stratakis, Constantine A

    2012-01-01

    Decreased bone mineral density (BMD) has been documented in adults with Cushing disease (CD), and allelic variants of the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene have been associated with osteopenia. Genetic factors play an important role in bone accrual and its response to various diseases; among them, the most studied are the allelic variants of the VDR gene. There is debate as to whether described variants in the VDR gene have an effect on BMD. In the current study, we sought to analyze whether BMD differences in patients with CD were associated with the Taq1 and Apal VDR allelotypes. The data showed lack of association between BMD and these widely studied VDR polymorphisms, suggesting that the effect of endogenous hypercortisolism on bone in the context of CD does not depend on VDR genotypes.

  3. A retrospective study of secondary diabetes prevalence in Pheochromocytoma, Cushing and Acromegal patients

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    Bastan Hagh M

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    Full Text Available Some of the endocrinologic diseases, especially Acromegaly, Cushing and Pheochromocytoma have multiple effects on blood glucose metabolism and regulation in non-diabetic patients. In this retrospective survey, records of patients of Tehran Medical Sciences University hospitals have been reviewd. Of 124 Acromegals, GTT was performed for 51 patients, being impaired in 18%. To evaluate diabetes, FBS and BS of 90 patients were checked, overt diabetes was detected in 27%. Among 90 Cushing patients, blood glucose was checked in 60 cases, 47% of these patients had levels above the normal range, and 39% had glucosuria. Among 80 Pheochromocytoma patients, 16 cases (26.5% had overt diabetes. In comparison with other studied, we have obtained a little different results concerning diabetes and impaired GTT prevalence

  4. [Cyclic Cushing's Syndrome - rare or rarely recognized].

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    Kiałka, Marta; Doroszewska, Katarzyna; Mrozińska, Sandra; Milewicz, Tomasz; Stochmal, Ewa

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    Cyclic Cushing's syndrome is a type of Cushing's disease which is characterized by alternating periods of increasing and decreasing levels of cortisol in the blood. The diagnostic criteria for cyclic Cushing's syndrome are at least three periods of hypercortisolism alternating with at least two episodes of normal levels of serum cortisol concentration. The epidemiology, signs, symptoms, pathogenesis and treatment of cyclic Cushing's syndrome have been discussed.

  5. Cushing disease

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    ... much ACTH. ACTH stimulates production and release of cortisol, a stress hormone. Too much ACTH causes the adrenal glands to make too much cortisol. Cortisol is normally released during stressful situations. It ...

  6. Von Hippel Lindau disease with metastatic pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor causing ectopic Cushing's syndrome.

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    Hatipoglu, Esra; Kepicoglu, Hasan; Rusen, Elif; Kabasakal, Levent; Gundogdu, Sadi; Kadioglu, Pinar

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    We present a 39-year-old woman who was previously diagnosed with Von Hippel Lindau Disease (VHLD). She had surgery and radiotherapy for cranial hemangioblastoma (HA) 11 years ago and had unilateral adrenalectomy for pheochromocytoma in another hospital 6 month prior to her admission to our center. Moon face, buffalo hump, central obesity, progressive weight gain and menstrual irregularities persisted after adrenalectomy. Her laboratory results were consistent with ectopic Cushing's syndrome (ECS). A pancreatic solid mass with a nodule on the left lung were revealed upon computed tomography. In addition, Gallium-68 Somatostatin Receptor PET confirmed the pancreatic involvement and demonstrated additional lesions on the left lung and in the aortocaval lymphatic system on the right side, suggesting metastatic pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PNET). Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) with [177Lutetium-DOTA0,Tyr3] octreotate was performed on the patient, with no side effects observed. She was discharged from the hospital 10 days after the first cycle.

  7. Volumetric MRI analysis of hippocampal subregions in Cushing's disease: a model for glucocorticoid neural modulation.

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    Toffanin, T; Nifosì, F; Follador, H; Passamani, A; Zonta, F; Ferri, G; Scanarini, M; Amistà, P; Pigato, G; Scaroni, C; Mantero, F; Carollo, C; Perini, G I

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    Several preclinical studies have demonstrated neuronal effects of glucocorticoids on the hippocampus (HC), a limbic structure with anterior-posterior anatomical and functional segmentation. We propose a volumetric magnetic resonance imaging analysis of hippocampus head (HH), body (HB) and tail (HT) using Cushing's disease (CD) as model, to investigate whether there is a differential sensitivity to glucocorticoid neuronal damage in these segments. We found a significant difference in the HH bilaterally after 12 months from trans-sphenoidal surgical selective resection of the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-secreting pituitary micro-adenomas. This pre-post surgery difference could contribute to better understand the pathopysiology of CD as an in vivo model for stress-related hypercortisolemic neuropsychiatric disorders.

  8. Clinical Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cushing's Disease in Korea

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    Kyu Yeon Hur

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Cushing's disease (CD is a rare disorder characterized by the overproduction of adrenocorticotropic hormone due to a pituitary adenoma that ultimately stimulates excessive cortisol secretion from the adrenal glands. Prior to the detection of pituitary adenomas, various clinical signs of CD such as central obesity, moon face, hirsutism, and facial plethora are usually already present. Uncontrolled hypercortisolism is associated with metabolic, cardiovascular, and psychological disorders that result in increased mortality. Hence, the early detection and treatment of CD are not only important but mandatory. Because its clinical manifestations vary from patient to patient and are common in other obesity-related conditions, the precise diagnosis of CD can be problematic. Thus, the present set of guidelines was compiled by Korean experts in this field to assist clinicians with the screening, diagnoses, and treatment of patients with CD using currently available tests and treatment modalities.

  9. Comorbidity and cardiovascular risk factors in adult GH deficiency following treatment for Cushing's disease or non-functioning pituitary adenomas during childhood

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    Ragnarsson, Oskar; Höybye, Charlotte; Jönsson, Peter J;

    2012-01-01

    Cushing's disease (CD) and non-functioning pituitary adenoma (NFPA) are rare in paediatric patients. The aim of this study was to describe long-term consequences in adults with GH deficiency (GHD) treated for CD or NFPA during childhood.......Cushing's disease (CD) and non-functioning pituitary adenoma (NFPA) are rare in paediatric patients. The aim of this study was to describe long-term consequences in adults with GH deficiency (GHD) treated for CD or NFPA during childhood....

  10. The value of prolactin in inferior petrosal sinus sampling with desmopressin stimulation in Cushing's disease.

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    Qiao, Xiaona; Ye, Hongying; Zhang, Xiaolong; Zhao, Weiwei; Zhang, Shuo; Lu, Bin; Wang, Xuanchun; Zhang, Zhaoyun; Wu, Xi; He, Min; Zhao, Xiaolong; Li, Shiqi; Zhou, Linuo; Yang, Yehong; Hu, Renming; Li, Yiming

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    Prolactin may reduce false-negative results in diagnosing Cushing's disease (CD) during inferior petrosal sinus sampling (IPSS). Prolactin normalization could improve the accuracy of IPSS in predicting adenoma lateralization in CD. However, none of the previous studies had involved the use of desmopressin during IPSS. Our objective was to examine the utility of prolactin measurement during IPSS with desmopressin stimulation. We conducted a retrospective analysis of 40 patients (including 31 females) with ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome who underwent IPSS between 2010 and 2013. Thirty-eight CD patients were partitioned into true positive (n = 35) and false negative (n = 3). The proportion of improper IPSS venous sampling defined by corresponding IPS:P (inferior petrosal sinus to peripheral) prolactin ratio prolactin-normalized ACTH IPS:P ratio >0.8 cutoff could increase the sensitivity of IPSS to 38/38 (100 %). Among the 31 patients with histopathologically proven adenoma localization, correct prediction of adenoma lateralization was obtained in 14/31 (45 %) patients by a peak intersinus ACTH gradient of ≥1.4 in baseline and was not improved by desmopressin stimulation. Left-right intersinus gradients of unilateral prolactin-adjusted ACTH IPS:P ratios could increase the correct prediction of adenoma lateralization to 20/31 (65 %) in baseline and 24/31 (77 %) (P = 0.006) after desmopressin stimulation, respectively. Prolactin is helpful to adjust negative results of IPSS with desmopressin stimulation. It may improve the accuracy in predicting adenoma lateralization in CD as well.

  11. Patología cardiovascular en la acromegalia Cardiovascular Disease in Acromegaly

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    2012-09-01

    acromegaly, this disease is associated with a two to three-fold increase in cardiovascular risk in relation to the normal adult population. This results from a long term exposure of cardiomyocytes to GH excess, which causes histological changes in the geometric configuration of myofibrils, interstitial fibrosis and biventricular hypertrophy. The natural history of acromegalic heart disease includes several stages. In the early phase, there is a slow development of myocardial hipertrophy, subsequently associated with heart rhythm abnormalities. These arrhythmias, which represent a major risk factor for cardiovascular events, are secondary to the above mentioned structural changes in the myocardium, and make up the so-called "hyperkinetic syndrome of acromegaly". According to various epidemiological studies, a variable rate of patients with acromegaly (25 % to 50 % has hypertension. This complication is secondary to sodium retention and the consequent plasma volume expansion, which implies cardiac overload and constitutes a worsening factor for cardiovascular disease. In the second stage, there are echocardiographic signs of reduced ventricular diastolic filling. The third stage is characterized by alteration of one or more heart valves and impaired systolic and diastolic function at rest, as well as signs of dilated cardiomyopathy, leading to congestive heart failure. This last stage is irreversible even with adequate therapy. Thus, early diagnosis of disease and a close monitoring of serum CH-IGF-I levels are mandatory. No financial conflicts of interest exist.

  12. Surgical management of acromegaly: Long term functional outcome analysis and assessment of recurrent/residual disease

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    Banerji, Deepu; Das, Nitu K.; Sharma, Siddhiraj; Jindal, Yogesh; Vijendra K Jain; Behari, Sanjay

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    Context: Functional growth hormone producing adenomas have long-term deleterious effects on the visual apparatus, the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, and often predispose to malignancies. Since persistence of acromegaly affects outcome and quality of life, therapeutic interventions become mandatory. Aim: This study represents an analysis of long-term clinical and endocrinal outcome of 115 patients of acromegaly after surgical management. Setting and Design: Tertiary care retrospec...

  13. Aromatase enzyme expression in acromegaly and its possible relationship with disease prognosis.

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    Selek, Alev; Cetinarslan, Berrin; Gurbuz, Yesim; Tarkun, Ilhan; Canturk, Zeynep; Cabuk, Burak

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate aromatase enzyme expression in growth hormone (GH) secreting adenomas and comparison with prolactinomas, nonfunctional adenomas, and normal pituitary tissues. Also the impact of its expression on clinical and prognostic features was evaluated. 38 acromegaly, 26 prolactinoma, and 31 nonfunctional pituitary adenoma and 11 normal pituitary gland samples from autopsies were included. Aromatase and estrogen receptor-alpha (ERα) were evaluated by Immunohistochemical method; demographic, pre- and postoperative features of the patients were noted. Aromatase was expressed in varying degrees in all cases in study including controls. Aromatase expression in patients with acromegaly was significantly higher than patients with prolactinoma, nonfunctional adenoma, and controls (p = 0.04, p = 0.01 and p acromegaly, aromatase expression was negatively correlated with ER-alpha (p = 0.02, r = -0.34). Also, Ki-67 immunohistochemical results were negatively correlated with aromatase expression (p = 0.03, r = -0.27) while positively correlated with ER expression (p acromegaly. In patients with acromegaly and prolactinoma, aromatase expression was negatively correlated with Ki-67 score, and also it was higher in patients with complete postoperative remission than without remission. Therefore, aromatase expression may be a good prognostic marker predominantly in acromegaly.

  14. Acromegaly : irreversible clinical consequences

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    Wassenaar, Monica Johanna Elisabeth

    2010-01-01

    This thesis describes the long-term consequences of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor I excess in patients cured from acromegaly for a mean duration of 17 years. Regarding the considerable prevalence of diverse morbidity in these patients, during the active phase of the disease but even

  15. The molecular pathogenesis of Cushing's disease%库欣病的分子发病机制

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    魏薇; 王卫庆

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    Cushing's disease is a condition of an excess of the steroid hormone cortisol in the blood caused by a pituitary corticotropic adenoma secreting adrenocorticotropic hormone.Cushing's disease in familial endocrine syndromes with pituitary adenomas is related to the gene mutation of MEN-1 and GNAS1.And the abnormal expression of the PTTG and p27 genes,hormone related receptors and ligands are involved in the pathogenesis of sporadic Cushing's disease,which cause the proliferation of the corticotroph cells and excessive ACTH secretion.Further understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of Cushing's disease is helpful in early diagnosis and targeted therapy.%库欣病是垂体促肾上腺皮质激素(ACTH)腺瘤分泌过多ACTH,刺激肾上腺过度合成和分泌糖皮质激素所致.家族性内分泌综合征伴垂体ACTH腺瘤与多发性内分泌腺瘤病(MEN)-1及GNAS1基因突变相关.散发性库欣病的发病机制涉及PTTG、p27基因和激素相关受体、配体的异常表达,造成垂体ACTH细胞的过度增殖和激素分泌.进一步了解库欣病的分子发病机制对早期诊断和靶向治疗有重要意义.

  16. Brain glucose metabolism is associated with hormone level in Cushing's disease: A voxel-based study using FDG-PET

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    Shuai Liu; Yinyan Wang; Kaibin Xu; Fan Ping; Renzhi Wang; Fang Li; Xin Cheng

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    Chronic exposure to elevated levels of glucocorticoids can exert a neurotoxic effect in patients, possibly manifesting as molecular imaging alterations in patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential association between brain metabolism and elevated hormone level using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography. We retrospectively enrolled 92 consecutive patients with confirmed diagnosis of Cushing's disease. A voxel-based analysis was performed to investigate the...

  17. Reversible posterior encephalopathy syndrome associated with micronodular adrenocortical disease and Cushing syndrome.

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    Lodish, Maya; Patronas, Nicholas J; Stratakis, Constantine A

    2010-01-01

    We report a 6-year-old girl with ACTH-independent Cushing syndrome secondary to bilateral adrenal hyperplasia; she presented with hypertension and seizures, and magnetic resonance imaging shows changes consistent with posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome.

  18. OSTEOPOROSIS IN СHILDREN WITH ITSENKO — CUSHING DISEASE: ETIOLOGY, PATHOGENESIS, DIAGNOSIS

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    Ryznychuk Mariana Oleksandrivna; KHLUNOVSKA L.YU.; KRETSU T.M.; DMITRUK V.P.; KOSTIV M.I.

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    The review describes the etiology, pathogenetic mechanisms of osteoporosis in children with Itsenko — Cushing syndrome. The new methods for the diagnosis of osteoporosis in children were also analyzed.

  19. Adrenal morpho-functional alterations in patients with acromegaly.

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    Scaroni, C; Selice, R; Benedini, S; De Menis, E; Arosio, M; Ronchi, C; Gasperi, M; Manetti, L; Arnaldi, G; Polenta, B; Boscaro, M; Albiger, N; Martino, E; Mantero, F

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    Acromegaly is associated with a greater morbidity and higher incidence of tumors, possibly due to the permissive role of elevated GH and IGF-I levels. In the general population, adrenal masses are frequently discovered (prevalence 1-5%) at computed tomography (CT). We evaluated the prevalence of adrenal lesions in patients with acromegaly. We studied 94 acromegalic patients, 54 females (mean age 55.0+/-16.0 yr) and 40 males (mean age 50+/-14 yr) referred to 5 Endocrinology Units between 2001-2003; 49 had active disease and 45 had been treated with surgery and/or were controlled with medical therapy. Abdominal CT showed adrenal lesions in 27 patients; 9 of them had unilateral masses (10%) with benign features (diameter 0.5-3 cm) and 18 had hyperplasia (14 monolateral and 4 bilateral), with no significant differences between patients with active vs controlled disease, and with no correlation between prevalence of masses and duration of disease, GH and IGF-I levels. Hormone study (urinary free cortisol, catecholamines/metanephrines, upright plasma renin activity and aldosterone, morning plasma ACTH and low-dose dexamethasone suppression test) disclosed no major endocrine alterations. During a 1-yr follow-up, the adrenal masses increased in size in 3 cases and 1 patient also developed subclinical Cushing's syndrome. Adrenal lesions seem more frequent in acromegaly than in the general population, but no single factor (GH/IGF-I levels or disease duration) predicts them. The masses appear to be benign and nonhypersecreting, but a longer follow-up is recommended to disclose any changes in their morphofunctional state.

  20. Evaluation of circulating levels and renal clearance of natural amino acids in patients with Cushing's disease.

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    Faggiano, A; Pivonello, R; Melis, D; Alfieri, R; Filippella, M; Spagnuolo, G; Salvatore, F; Lombardi, G; Colao, A

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    Although the hypercortisolism-induced impairment of protein homeostasis is object of several studies, a detailed evaluation of the complete amino acid profile of patients with Cushing's syndrome (CS) has never been performed. The aim of the current open transversal controlled study was to evaluate serum and urinary concentrations as well as renal clearance of the complete series of natural amino acids and their relationship with glucose tolerance in patients with Cushing's disease (CD). Twenty patients with CD (10 active and 10 cured) and 20 sex- and age-matched healthy controls entered the study. Measurement of serum and urinary levels of the complete series of natural amino acids was performed in all patients analyzed by cationic exchange high performance liquid cromatography (HPLC) after 2 weeks of a standardized protein intake regimen. The renal clearance (renal excretion rate) of each amino acid was calculated on the basis of the serum and urinary concentrations of creatinine and the specific amino acid. Fasting glucose and insulin levels, glucose and insulin response to standard glucose load, insulinogenic and homeostasis model insulin resistance (Homa-R) indexes were also evaluated and correlated to the circulating levels and renal clearances of each amino acid. Significantly higher serum (p<0.01) and urinary (p<0.05) levels of alanine and cystine, lower serum and higher urinary levels of leucine, isoleucine and valine (p<0.05) and higher renal excretion rates of leucine, isoleucine and valine (p<0.01) were found in patients with active CD than in patients cured from the disease and in controls. No difference was found between cured patients and controls. Creatinine clearance was similar in active and cured patients and in controls. In patients with active CD, urinary cortisol levels were significantly correlated to urinary cystine levels (r=0.85; p<0.01) and renal excretion rate of leucine (r=-0.76; p<0.05), isoleucine (r=-0.76; p<0.05) and valine (r=-0

  1. Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Acromegaly

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    John D. Rolston

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Acromegaly is debilitating disease occasionally refractory to surgical and medical treatment. Stereotactic radiosurgery, and in particular Gamma Knife surgery (GKS, has proven to be an effective noninvasive adjunct to traditional treatments, leading to disease remission in a substantial proportion of patients. Such remission holds the promise of eliminating the need for expensive medications, along with side effects, as well as sparing patients the damaging sequelae of uncontrolled acromegaly. Numerous studies of radiosurgical treatments for acromegaly have been carried out. These illustrate an overall remission rate over 40%. Morbidity from radiosurgery is infrequent but can include cranial nerve palsies and hypopituitarism. Overall, stereotactic radiosurgery is a promising therapy for patients with acromegaly and deserves further study to refine its role in the treatment of affected patients.

  2. Cutaneous Findings in Patients with Acromegaly

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    Akoglu, Gulsen; Metin, Ahmet; Emre, Selma; Ersoy, Reyhan; Cakir, Bekir

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    Background: Acromegaly is a systemic syndrome caused by overproduction of growth hormone. The syndrome affects cutaneous, endocrine, cardiovascular, skeletal, and respiratory systems. Cutaneous manifestations of acromegaly are various, usually being the first presenting findings of the disease. Methods: Dermatological examinations of 49 patients of acromegaly who were followed-up at a tertiary referral hospital.Results: The study included 27 (55.1%) female and 22 (44.9%) male patients. The on...

  3. Kidney Stones as an Under-Recognized Clinical Sign in Pediatric Cushing Disease

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    Rahman, Sara H.; Papadakis, Georgios Z.; Keil, Margaret F.; Faucz, Fabio R.; Lodish, Maya B.; Stratakis, Constantine A.

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    Objective To investigate the prevalence of kidney stones in a population of children with Cushing disease (CD) and to compare this prevalence with that of healthy children. Study design Clinical and biochemical data from 139 pediatric patients with CD (68 female, 71 male) were retrospectively analyzed. Computed tomography (CT) scans were reviewed for kidney stones. Results Of 139 patients, 27 children with CD (19.4%) had either radiographic evidence and/or a history of kidney stones. Those with kidney stones had higher urine free cortisol (p-value = 0.008) and a transsphenoidal surgery at an older age (p-value = 0.007). Average urinary calcium creatinine ratio was elevated in patients with CD (0.22 ± 0.11). The prevalence of kidney stones in children with CD was higher than in normal children (19.42% vs 1.0%, p-value <0.001). Conclusion Our results illustrate that kidney stones are an under-estimated complication of pediatric CD, especially when compared with the prevalence of nephrolithiasis in the general pediatric population. Long term consequences for kidney function are not known and need to be studied. PMID:26703870

  4. [Primary pigmented nodular adrenocortical disease as cause of Cushing's syndrome associated with Carney complex].

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    Dumić, Miroslav; Janjanin, Nevena; Uroić, Anita Spehar; Ille, Jasenka; Skegro, Mate; Kusec, Vesna; Marjanac, Igor; Matić, Toni; Jelasić, Drazen

    2006-01-01

    We report a 11-year-old girl and two 14-year-old boys with Cushing's syndrome due to primary pigmented nodular adrenocortical disease (PPNAD). In these patients, hypercortisolism is a consequence of autonomous cortisol secretion from adrenal glands and is ACTH-independent. Besides PPNAD, the girl had lentigines, spotty pigmentation on her bucal mucosa and lips and she also had schwannoma. One of the reported boys had prolactinoma. Considering this, those two patients fulfill the criteria for Carney complex which is a type of multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes inherited in an autosomal dominant trait. The other boy had PPNAD but no other obvious signs of Carney complex were noticed. Family study didn't reveal any clinical or laboratory signs of Carney complex in our patients' first relatives. All of our patients underwent bilateral adrenalectomy (in one of the boys laparoscopic surgery was performed). Glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid substitution has been started. Adrenal glands were macroscopically normal but pathohistological analysis confirmed the diagnosis of PPNAD.

  5. Impact of patient's age and disease duration on cardiac performance in acromegaly: a radionuclide angiography study.

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    Colao, A; Cuocolo, A; Marzullo, P; Nicolai, E; Ferone, D; Della Morte, A M; Petretta, M; Salvatore, M; Lombardi, G

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of age and disease duration on cardiac performance in acromegaly. To address these issues, the left ventricular function at rest and during physical exercise was assessed by equilibrium radionuclide angiography in 40 rigorously selected patients with active acromegaly but without evidence of other complications able to affect heart function and in 32 healthy controls. Patients and controls were divided in two groups, on the basis of age below and above 40 yr. Circulating GH and insulin-like growth factor-I levels were significantly increased in patients, compared with controls, but were similar in the two groups of patients. At peak exercise, the systolic blood pressure was significantly higher in elderly patients (P 50%) in all but 2 patients and in all controls. The left ventricular ejection fraction at peak exercise was significantly decreased in elderly, compared with young, patients (P < 0.01) and in age-matched controls (P < 0.001). A normal response of the left ventricular ejection fraction to exercise was found in 12 of 40 patients (30%) and in 28 of 32 controls (87.5%) (chi2, 5.764; P < 0.01). Exercise-induced changes in left ventricular ejection fraction were significantly decreased in young (+5.2 +/- 4.4% vs. +21.3 +/- 3.4%, P < 0.005) and elderly patients (-10.2 +/- 2.8% vs. +13.7 +/- 2.7%, P < 0.0001), as compared with age-matched controls. The peak rate of left ventricular filling was significantly higher in young, than in elderly, patients whether peak filling rate was normalized to end-diastolic volume (P < 0.001), or stroke volume (P < 0.0001), or expressed as the ratio of peak filling rate to peak ejection rate (P < 0.001). The peak rate of left ventricular filling was significantly decreased in elderly patients, compared with young patients and age-matched controls, whether peak filling rate was normalized to end-diastolic volume (P < 0.01), or stroke volume (P < 0.005), or expressed as the ratio

  6. Characteristics of Acromegaly in Korea with a Literature Review

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    Hong, Jae Won; Ku, Cheol Ryong; Kim, Sun Ho; Lee, Eun Jig

    2013-01-01

    Acromegaly is a slowly progressive disease caused by excessive growth hormone (GH), which is related to a GH secreting pituitary tumor in most cases. Herein, we describe the epidemiology, clinical characteristics, and treatment of acromegaly in Korea with a literature review. The average annual incidence of acromegaly in Korea was 3.9 cases per million people, which was within the range of previous Western studies. The primary treatment for acromegaly was also transsphenoidal adenomectomy, wh...

  7. Spontaneous remission of acromegaly and Cushing’s disease following pituitary apoplexy: Two case reports

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    Roerink, S.H.P.P.; Lindert, E.J. van; Ven, A.C. van de

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    In this double case report, we present two special cases of pituitary apoplexy. First, we describe a patient with growth hormone deficiency despite clinical suspicion of acromegaly. Imaging showed evidence of a recent pituitary apoplexy, which might have caused spontaneous remission of the acromegal

  8. Sleep-disordered breathing in acromegaly

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    L K Dzeranova

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Sleep-disordered breathing is higly prevalent in acromegaly, disturbing patients quality of life and increasing the risk of acute cardiovascular compications. Presented clinical case discusses key considerations for timely diagnosis of sleep apnea syndrome and treatment planning. The case of 41 y.o. woman with newly diagnosed acromegaly and concomitant sleep apnea is typical for this disease.

  9. [Drug therapy for acromegaly].

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    Góth, Miklós

    2013-09-29

    Prolonged overproduction of growth hormone, like insulin-like growth factor-1 hypersecretion leads to acromegaly in adults. This is associated with several co-morbidities and increased mortality. Despite typical clinical features and modern diagnostic tools, it often takes years to diagnose from the onset of the disease. The aims of the treatment are to reduce or control tumour growth, inhibit growth hormone hypersecretion, normalize insulin-like growth factor-1 levels, treat co-morbidities and, therefore, reduce mortality. There are three approaches for therapy: surgery, medical management (dopamine agonists, somatostatin analogues and growth hormone receptor antagonist), and radiotherapy. Efficient therapy of the disease is based on the appropriate multidisciplinary team management. The review provides a summary of medical treatment for acromegaly.

  10. [Acromegaly: current view].

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    Kršek, Michal

    2015-10-01

    Acromegaly is a rare disorder caused by autonomous oversecretion of growth hormone mostly by pituitary adenoma. Untreated acromegaly leads to significantly increased morbidity and mortality and impaired quality of life. Early diagnosis and treatment is therefore essential for improvement of patients prognosis and management of acromegaly should be concentrated in specialized centres. Present article summarizes current view on diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly.

  11. High resolution pituitary gland MRI at 7.0 tesla: a clinical evaluation in Cushing's disease

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    Rotte, Alexandra A.J. de; Groenewegen, Amy; Rutgers, Dik R.; Witkamp, Theo; Luijten, Peter R.; Hendrikse, Jeroen [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Radiology, Utrecht (Netherlands); Zelissen, Pierre M.J. [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Internal Medicine (Section of Endocrinology), Utrecht (Netherlands); Meijer, F.J.A. [Radboud University Medical Center, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Lindert, Erik J. van [Radboud University Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Hermus, Ad [Radboud University Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine (Section of Endocrinology), Nijmegen (Netherlands)

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    To evaluate the detection of pituitary lesions at 7.0 T compared to 1.5 T MRI in 16 patients with clinically and biochemically proven Cushing's disease. In seven patients, no lesion was detected on the initial 1.5 T MRI, and in nine patients it was uncertain whether there was a lesion. Firstly, two readers assessed both 1.5 T and 7.0 T MRI examinations unpaired in a random order for the presence of lesions. Consensus reading with a third neuroradiologist was used to define final lesions in all MRIs. Secondly, surgical outcome was evaluated. A comparison was made between the lesions visualized with MRI and the lesions found during surgery in 9/16 patients. The interobserver agreement for lesion detection was good at 1.5 T MRI (κ = 0.69) and 7.0 T MRI (κ = 0.62). In five patients, both the 1.5 T and 7.0 T MRI enabled visualization of a lesion on the correct side of the pituitary gland. In three patients, 7.0 T MRI detected a lesion on the correct side of the pituitary gland, while no lesion was visible at 1.5 T MRI. The interobserver agreement of image assessment for 7.0 T MRI in patients with Cushing's disease was good, and lesions were detected more accurately with 7.0 T MRI. (orig.)

  12. Long-term results of stereotactic radiosurgery to the pituitary gland in Cushing's disease

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    Degerblad, M.; Raehn, T.; Bergstrand, G.; Thoren, M.

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    Gamma radiation from /sup 60/Co delivered with stereotactic technique was given to the pituitary gland in 35 patients, aged 18-65 years, with Cushing's disease. The doses were 70-100 Gy in each single irradiation. The size of the sella turcica was normal in the majority of the patients. The observation time was 3-9 years in 29 patiens. Out of them, 14 (48%) obtained clinical remission and normal urinary cortisol after one irradiation. Eight achieved remission after two to four irradiations. In total, 22 out of 29 patients (76%) obtained remission. In 12 of them remission was obtained in 1 year and in another 10 within 3 years. No recurrences were observed. Improvement was seen in 2 patients after one and three irradiations. Bilateral adrenalectomy was performed in 5 patients owing to unsatisfactory effect of irradiation. Pituitary insufficiency with gonadotropin, thyrotropin or cortocotropin failure was demonstrated in 12 of 22 patients in remission. This occurred 4 months to 7 years after the first irradiation. Another 6 patients were followed less than 3 years after the first irradiation. Two obtained remission after the first treatment, whereas the other 4 improved. Stereotactic pituitary irradiation is suggested as a non-invasive therapeutic alternative in Cushing's disease for example in patients with considerable surgical risk or as a supplement to pituitary microsurgery.

  13. Exophthalmos: A Forgotten Clinical Sign of Cushing's Syndrome

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    Aldo Schenone Giugni; Shylaja Mani; Subramanian Kannan; Betul Hatipoglu

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    Exophthalmos is typically associated with Graves' ophthalmopathy. Although originally described by Harvey Cushing, exophthalmos is an underappreciated sign of Cushing's syndrome. We present a case of a 38-year-old female who presented with severe bilateral proptosis and was subsequently diagnosed with Cushings disease. We discuss the possible mechanisms causing exophthalmos in patients with either endogenous or exogenous hypercortisolemia.

  14. Exophthalmos: A Forgotten Clinical Sign of Cushing's Syndrome.

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    Giugni, Aldo Schenone; Mani, Shylaja; Kannan, Subramanian; Hatipoglu, Betul

    2013-01-01

    Exophthalmos is typically associated with Graves' ophthalmopathy. Although originally described by Harvey Cushing, exophthalmos is an underappreciated sign of Cushing's syndrome. We present a case of a 38-year-old female who presented with severe bilateral proptosis and was subsequently diagnosed with Cushings disease. We discuss the possible mechanisms causing exophthalmos in patients with either endogenous or exogenous hypercortisolemia.

  15. Exophthalmos: A Forgotten Clinical Sign of Cushing's Syndrome

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    Aldo Schenone Giugni

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    Full Text Available Exophthalmos is typically associated with Graves' ophthalmopathy. Although originally described by Harvey Cushing, exophthalmos is an underappreciated sign of Cushing's syndrome. We present a case of a 38-year-old female who presented with severe bilateral proptosis and was subsequently diagnosed with Cushings disease. We discuss the possible mechanisms causing exophthalmos in patients with either endogenous or exogenous hypercortisolemia.

  16. Reversible posterior encephalopathy syndrome associated with micronodular adrenocortical disease and Cushing syndrome

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    Lodish, Maya; Patronas, Nicholas J.; Stratakis, Constantine A.

    2009-01-01

    We report the case of a 6-year-old female with ACTH-independent Cushing syndrome secondary to bilateral adrenal nodular hyperplasia, who presented with hypertension and seizures, and was found have MRI changes consistent with posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES). The patient received anti-hypertensive medication and a bilateral adrenalectomy was performed. One month later, resolution of her brain MRI changes were seen. This is the first case described in the literature of a pat...

  17. Clinical Manifestations and Diagnosis of Acromegaly

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    Gloria Lugo

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    Full Text Available Acromegaly and gigantism are due to excess GH production, usually as a result of a pituitary adenoma. The incidence of acromegaly is 5 cases per million per year and the prevalence is 60 cases per million. Clinical manifestations in each patient depend on the levels of GH and IGF-I, age, tumor size, and the delay in diagnosis. Manifestations of acromegaly are varied and include acral and soft tissue overgrowth, joint pain, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and heart and respiratory failure. Acromegaly is a disabling disease that is associated with increased morbidity and reduced life expectancy. The diagnosis is based primarily on clinical features and confirmed by measuring GH levels after oral glucose loading and the estimation of IGF-I. It has been suggested that the rate of mortality in patients with acromegaly is correlated with the degree of control of GH. Adequately treated, the relative mortality risk can be markedly reduced towards normal.

  18. Cushing's disease and hypertension: In vivo and in vitro study of the role of the renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone system and effects of medical therapy

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    R. van der Pas (Rob); J.H.M. Esch, van (Joep); C. de Bruin (Christiaan); A.H.J. Danser (Jan); A.M. Pereira (Alberto); P.M. Zelissen (Pierre M.); R.T. Netea-Maier (Romana ); D. Sprij-Mooij (Diana); I.M. van den Berg-Garrelds (I.); R.H.N. van Schaik (Ron); S.W.J. Lamberts (Steven); A.H. van den Meiracker (Anton); L.J. Hofland (Leo); R.A. Feelders (Richard)

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    textabstractAbstract Objective/methods: Cushing's disease (CD) is often accompanied by hypertension. CD can be treated surgically and, given the expression of somatostatin subtype 5 and dopamine 2 receptors by corticotroph pituitary adenomas, pharmacologically. Indeed, we recently observed that step

  19. Cushing's disease and hypertension: in vivo and in vitro study of the role of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and effects of medical therapy

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    Pas, R. van der; Esch, J.H. van; Bruin, C. de; Danser, A.H.; Pereira, A.M.; Zelissen, P.M.; Netea-Maier, R.; Sprij-Mooij, D.M.; Berg-Garrelds, I.M. van den; Schaik, R.H. van; Lamberts, S.W.J.; Meiracker, A.H. van den; Hofland, L.J.; Feelders, R.A.

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    OBJECTIVE/METHODS: Cushing's disease (CD) is often accompanied by hypertension. CD can be treated surgically and, given the expression of somatostatin subtype 5 and dopamine 2 receptors by corticotroph pituitary adenomas, pharmacologically. Indeed, we recently observed that stepwise medical combinat

  20. Bone and Joint Disorders in Acromegaly.

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    Claessen, Kim M J A; Mazziotti, Gherardo; Biermasz, Nienke R; Giustina, Andrea

    2016-01-01

    Acromegaly is a chronic, progressive disease caused by a growth hormone (GH)-producing pituitary adenoma, resulting in elevated GH and insulin-like growth factor 1 concentrations. Following appropriate therapy (surgery, radiotherapy and/or medical treatment), many systemic GH-induced comorbid conditions improve considerably. Unfortunately, despite biochemical control, acromegaly patients suffer from a high prevalence of late manifestations of transient GH excess, significantly impairing their quality of life. In this overview article, we summarize the pathophysiology, diagnosis, clinical picture, disease course and management of skeletal complications of acromegaly, focusing on vertebral fractures and arthropathy.

  1. Early descriptions of acromegaly and gigantism and their historical evolution as clinical entities.

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    Mammis, Antonios; Eloy, Jean Anderson; Liu, James K

    2010-10-01

    Giants have been a subject of fascination throughout history. Whereas descriptions of giants have existed in the lay literature for millennia, the first attempt at a medical description was published by Johannes Wier in 1567. However, it was Pierre Marie, in 1886, who established the term "acromegaly" for the first time and established a distinct clinical diagnosis with clear clinical descriptions in 2 patients with the characteristic presentation. Multiple autopsy findings revealed a consistent correlation between acromegaly and pituitary enlargement. In 1909, Harvey Cushing postulated a “hormone of growth" as the underlying pathophysiological trigger involved in pituitary hypersecretion in patients with acromegaly. This theory was supported by his observations of clinical remission in patients with acromegaly in whom he had performed hypophysectomy. In this paper, the authors present some of the early accounts of acromegaly and gigantism, and describe its historical evolution as a medical and surgical entity.

  2. Long-term follow-up of low-dose external pituitary irradiation for Cushing's disease

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    Littley, M.D.; Shalet, S.M.; Beardwell, C.G.; Ahmed, S.R.; Sutton, M.L. (Christie Hospital, Manchester (UK))

    1990-10-01

    Twenty-four patients (three male) with Cushing's disease, aged between 11 and 67 years, were treated with low-dose external pituitary irradiation (20 Gy in eight fractions over 10-12 days) and followed for between 13 and 171 months (median 93 months). Eleven patients (46%) went into remission 4-36 months after irradiation, but five subsequently relapsed. In this series, the low incidence of radiation-induced hypopituitarism and absence of other complications attributable to radiotherapy suggest that low-dose pituitary irradiation may be a useful treatment option in selected patients. However, long-term follow-up has demonstrated a high relapse rate and failure to prevent Nelson's syndrome in adrenalectomized patients, indicating that it should not be used as primary treatment in preference to selective adenomectomy. (author).

  3. A consensus on the diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly complications

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    Melmed, S; Casanueva, F.F.; Klibanski, A; Bronstein, M. D.; Chanson, P.; Lamberts, S. W.; Strasburger, C. J.; Wass, J. A. H.; Giustina, A

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    In March 2011, the Acromegaly Consensus Group met to revise and update the guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly complications. The meeting was sponsored by the Pituitary Society and the European Neuroendocrinology Association and included experts skilled in the management of acromegaly. Complications considered included cardiovascular, endocrine and metabolic, sleep apnea, bone diseases, and mortality. Outcomes in selected, related clinical conditions were also considered, ...

  4. Cardiovascular aspects in acromegaly: effects of treatment.

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    Lombardi, G; Colao, A; Ferone, D; Marzullo, P; Landi, M L; Longobardi, S; Iervolino, E; Cuocolo, A; Fazio, S; Merola, B; Sacca, L

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    Patients with acromegaly have significant morbidity and mortality, associated with cardiovascular disease. Acromegaly is often complicated by other diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and coronary artery disease, so the existence of acromegalic cardiomyopathy remains uncertain. Cardiac performance was investigated in patients with uncomplicated acromegaly. A subgroup of hypertensive acromegalics was also studied. In addition, the effects of chronic octreotide therapy or surgery on cardiac structure and function in acromegaly were studied. Twenty-six patients and 15 healthy controls underwent gated blood-pool cardiac scintigraphy and echocardiography at rest and during exercise. Echocardiography was repeated after 6 months of octreotide therapy (n = 11). Cardiac scintigraphy was repeated after 12 and 24 months of octreotide therapy (n = 10) or 12 to 24 months after surgery (n = 8). ECG, blood pressure, and heart rate were monitored during cardiac scintigraphy. Left ventricular mass (LVM) was calculated from the findings of the echocardiography. Serum growth hormone (GH) levels and plasma insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) levels were monitored. LVM index was significantly higher (P cardiac function were similar. Chronic octreotide decreased GH and IGF-1 levels and improved the structural abnormalities as measured by echocardiography. Chronic octreotide or surgery did not alter cardiac function parameters. Thus, important changes in cardiac structure and function occur in uncomplicated acromegaly, and improvements can be demonstrated after chronic octreotide therapy. Heart disease in acromegaly appears to be secondary to high circulating GH levels.

  5. Double, Synchronous Pituitary Adenomas Causing Acromegaly and Cushing’s Disease. A Case Report and Review of Literature

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    Zieliński, Grzegorz; Maksymowicz, Maria; Podgórski, Jan; Olszewski, Włodzimierz T

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    Double pituitary adenomas are very rare and present up to 1 % of pituitary adenomas in unselected autopsy series and up to 2 % in large surgical series. We report a case of a 47-year-old man presented slight clinical features of acromegaly with 2 years duration. Endocrine evaluation confirmed active acromegaly and revealed adrenocorticotropin hormone-dependent hypercortisolemia. Preoperative magnetic resonance imaging of the pituitary demonstrated clearly separated double microadenomas with d...

  6. Cutaneous findings in patients with acromegaly.

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    Akoglu, Gulsen; Metin, Ahmet; Emre, Selma; Ersoy, Reyhan; Cakir, Bekir

    2013-01-01

    Acromegaly is a systemic syndrome caused by overproduction of growth hormone. The syndrome affects cutaneous, endocrine, cardiovascular, skeletal, and respiratory systems. Cutaneous manifestations of acromegaly are various, usually being the first presenting findings of the disease. Forty-nine patients with acromegaly, followed-up at a tertiary referral hospital, underwent dermatological examination. There were 27 (55.1%) female and 22 (44.9%) male patients. The age at onset of the disease was older in females than males (P=0.045). Most patients had acral enlargements, large triangular nose, coarse face, thickened lower lip, and prognathism. Fourteen (28.6%) patients had multiple cherry angiomas, five (10.2%) had varicose veins in lower limbs, and two (4.1%) had psoriasis. In conclusion, a wide spectrum of cutaneous symptoms and features may be associated with acromegaly. Detailed dermatological examination of patients with acromegaly should be an essential component of systemic evaluation. Future prospective studies investigating the relationships between changes in skin signs, hormone levels, and response to treatments may help understand details of skin involvement in acromegaly.

  7. Endoscopic treatment of Cushing's disease via transsphenoidal approach%库欣病神经内镜下经蝶入路手术治疗

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    石海平; 罗坤; 周凯; 张庭荣

    2010-01-01

    @@ 库欣综合征(Cushing's syndrome, CS)又称皮质醇增多症,即高皮质醇血症及由其产生的一系列病理生理改变,是三种独立的病理综合征(垂体病变、肾上腺肿瘤、异位性癌肿)的统称.CS中约70%~90%是由库欣病( Cushing's disease, CD)即垂体肾上腺皮质激素(adrenocorticotropic hormone, ACTH)腺瘤或垂体ACTH细胞增生引起.内镜配套设备的完善、内镜操作技术的成熟,以及内镜自身的优越性,使得纯内镜下经蝶手术迅速在临床推广应用.

  8. Surgical management of acromegaly: Long term functional outcome analysis and assessment of recurrent/residual disease

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    Banerji, Deepu; Das, Nitu K.; Sharma, Siddhiraj; Jindal, Yogesh; Jain, Vijendra K.; Behari, Sanjay

    2016-01-01

    Context: Functional growth hormone producing adenomas have long-term deleterious effects on the visual apparatus, the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, and often predispose to malignancies. Since persistence of acromegaly affects outcome and quality of life, therapeutic interventions become mandatory. Aim: This study represents an analysis of long-term clinical and endocrinal outcome of 115 patients of acromegaly after surgical management. Setting and Design: Tertiary care retrospective study. Materials and Methods: One hundred and fifteen patients (male:female ratio: 1:1.09) with acromegalic features were studied. Apart from acromegalic features, their main clinical presentation also included headache, diminution of vision, field defects, ptosis, irregular menstruation, diabetes insipidus, diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Six of them presented with apoplexy. Their preoperative endocrinal evaluation included basal and suppressed growth hormone (GH), prolactin and thyroid levels. On the basis of axial and coronal CT scan or multiplanar MR imaging or both, the tumors were classified according to their suprasellar and parasellar extension (Hardy's grade). Transnasal trans-sphenoidal surgery (TSS) (n = 37) and sublabial, rhinoseptal TSS (n = 72) were the preferred approaches. Six patients with significant parasellar extensions underwent trans-cranial explorations. The patients were followed up at 6 and 12 weeks and then at 6 monthly intervals. Hormonal and CT/MR evaluation were also done. Attainment of random GH value less than 2.5 µg/L, and the nadir GH value after oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) less than 1 µg/L were used as the criteria of cure. Findings: The patients were preoperatively in Hardy's tumor grade 0 (29), A (21), A+E (3), B (21), B+E (5), C (9), C+E (10), D (1) D+E (11), E (5), respectively. One hundred and one patients were available for follow-up (FU; median FU duration: 84 months; range: 6 to 132 months). Surgical cure was achieved

  9. Long term follow-up of patients with Cushing's disease treated by interstitial irradiation

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    Sandler, L.M.; Richards, N.T.; Carr, D.H.; Mashiter, K.; Joplin, G.F.

    1987-09-01

    The first 86 patients with Cushing's disease treated with interstitial irradiation (by needle implantation) as the sole therapy were reviewed. In the 82 patients who were reassessed 1 yr after treatment 63 (77%) achieved remission. This study comprises the outcome and complications in the 54 patients who had a remission and whom we were able to follow. The follow-up period ranged from 3-26 yr (mean, 10.5) from the time of remission. No instance of clinical or radiological relapse has occurred. Of these 54 patients, yttrium-90 alone was used in 32, of whom 12 (37%) required corticosteroid or T4 replacement therapy in a mean time of 3.5 months; in 7 of these 12 we elected to give an ablative dose. Gold-198 alone was used in 15 patients, of whom 7 (47%) developed hypopituitarism in a mean time of 76 months. Both isotopes were used in 7 patients. A diurnal serum cortisol rhythm was found in 28 of the 31 patients who were not receiving corticosteroid therapy. In 5 of the 7 patients with an initially abnormal pituitary fossa, serial radiological studies revealed remodelling in 3. There have been no complications in the last 17 years. Pituitary implantation with yttrium-90 is an effective alternative to transsphenoidal hypophysectomy, with a high remission rate, no recurrence (as yet), no operative complications, and avoidance of hormone replacement in the majority.

  10. Prevalence of diabetes mellitus in patients with acromegaly.

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    Dreval, A V; Trigolosova, I V; Misnikova, I V; Kovalyova, Y A; Tishenina, R S; Barsukov, I A; Vinogradova, A V; Wolffenbuttel, B H R

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    Early carbohydrate metabolism disorders (ECMDs) and diabetes mellitus (DM) are frequently associated with acromegaly. We aimed to assess the prevalence of ECMDs in patients with acromegaly and to compare the results with those in adults without acromegaly using two population-based epidemiologic surveys. We evaluated 97 patients with acromegaly in several phases of their disease (mean age, 56 years and estimated duration of acromegaly, 12.5 years). An oral glucose tolerance test was done in those not yet diagnosed with DM to reveal asymptomatic DM or ECMDs (impaired glucose tolerance+impaired fasting glucose). Comparisons were made between patients with acromegaly and participants from the general adult population (n=435) and an adult population with multiple type 2 diabetes risk factors (n=314), matched for gender, age and BMI. DM was diagnosed in 51 patients with acromegaly (52.5%) and 14.3% of the general population (Pacromegaly than in the general population and in the high-risk group; only 22% of patients with acromegaly were normoglycaemic. The prevalence of newly diagnosed ECMDs or DM was 1.3-1.5 times higher in patients with acromegaly compared with the high-risk group. Patients with acromegaly having ECMDs or DM were older, more obese and had longer disease duration and higher IGF1 levels (Z-score). Logistic regression showed that the severity of glucose derangement was predicted by age, BMI and IGF1 levels. In patients with acromegaly, the prevalence of DM and ECMDs considerably exceeds that of the general population and of a high-risk group, and development of DM depends on age, BMI and IGF1 levels.

  11. Another 'Cushing ulcer'.

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    Hoshino, Chisho; Satoh, Noriyuki; Narita, Masashi; Kikuchi, Akio; Inoue, Minoru

    2011-04-09

    The authors describe the case of a 39-year-old man who presented to our hospital with easy fatigability and malaise. On physical examination, hypertension was noted without any cushingoid appearance. Laboratory testing revealed normochromic-normocytic anaemia with positive results of occult blood in the stool, hyperglycaemia and hypokalemia. Upper endoscopy revealed active gastric ulcer with Helicobacter pylori infection, likely causing gastrointestinal bleeding. Endocrine examinations showed that both serum adrenocorticotropic hormone and cortisol were elevated with loss of diurnal variation. A diagnosis of Cushing's disease secondary to pituitary adenoma was made as results of brain MRI and blood sampling from inferior petrosal sinus. In a patient with peptic ulcer disease, physician should be alert to the possible endocrine background.

  12. Growth hormone, growth factors, and acromegaly

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    Ludecke, D.K.; Tolis, G.T.

    1987-01-01

    This book contains five sections, each consisting of several papers. The section headings are: Biochemistry and Physiology of GH and Growth Factors, Pathology of Acromegaly, Clinical Endocrinology of Acromegaly, Nonsurgical Therapy of Acromegaly, and Surgical Therapy of Acromegaly.

  13. Cardiovascular complications in acromegaly: methods of assessment.

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    Vitale, G; Pivonello, R; Galderisi, M; D'Errico, A; Spinelli, L; Lupoli, G; Lombardi, G; Colao, A

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    Cardiac involvement is common in acromegaly. Evidence for cardiac hypertrophy, dilation and diastolic filling abnormalities has been widely reported in literature. Generally, ventricular hypertrophy is revealed by echocardiography but early data referred increased cardiac size by standard X-ray. Besides, echocardiography investigates cardiac function and value disease. There are new technologic advances in ultrasonic imaging. Pulsed Tissue Doppler is a new non-invasive ultrasound tool which extends Doppler applications beyond the analysis of intra-cardiac flow velocities until the quantitative assessment of the regional myocardial left ventricular wall motion, measuring directly velocities and time intervals of myocardium. The radionuclide techniques permit to study better the cardiac performance. In fact, diastolic as well as systolic function can be assessed at rest and at peak exercise by equilibrium radionuclide angiography. This method has a main advantage of providing direct evaluation of ventricular function, being operator independent. Coronary artery disease has been poorly studied mainly because of the necessity to perform invasive procedures. Only a few cases have been reported with heart failure study by coronarography and having alterations of perfusion which ameliorated after somatostatin analog treatment. More recently, a few data have been presented using perfusional scintigraphy in acromegaly, even if coronary artery disease does not seem very frequent in acromegaly. Doppler analysis of carotid arteries can be also performed to investigate atherosclerosis: however, patients with active acromegaly have endothelial dysfunction more than clear-cut atherosclerotic plaques. In conclusion, careful assessments of cardiac function, morphology and activity need in patients with acromegaly.

  14. [Epidemiology of acromegaly in Spain].

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    Sesmilo, Gemma

    2013-10-01

    Epidemiology of acromegaly in Spain does not differ from that reported in other published series. Prevalence rate is approximately 60 cases per million, peak incidence occurs in middle age, more women are affected (61%), and there is a substantial delay between occurrence of the first symptoms and diagnosis. Studies REA (Spanish Acromegaly Registry) and OASIS analyzed the epidemiology, clinical characteristics, and management of the disease in Spain. Surgery, performed in more than 80% of patients, has been (and continues to be) the main treatment for the past four decades. In the past decade, however, more patients have received somatostatin analogs (SSAs) as first-line treatment. Use of radiation therapy has significantly decreased in recent decades. Somatostatin analogs (SSAs) are the most commonly used drugs, administered to 85% of patients; however, only 12%-15% continue on drug treatment alone. The surgical remission rate was 38.4% in the last decade, with a significant improvement over decades. Preoperative treatment with SSAs has no influence on surgical cure rates. Second-line therapies used after surgical failure in the past decade included SSAs in 49% of patients, repeat surgery in 27%, radiotherapy in 11%, pegvisomant in 15%, and dopamine agonists in 5%. Mean cost of acromegaly treatment was 9.668€ (data estimated in 2009 and adjusted in 2010), of which 71% was due to the cost of SSAs. Patients treated with pegvisomant have a more aggressive form of the disease and higher comorbidity rates.

  15. Combination therapy for Cushing's disease: effectiveness of two schedules of treatment: should we start with cabergoline or ketoconazole?

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    Barbot, M; Albiger, N; Ceccato, F; Zilio, M; Frigo, A C; Denaro, L; Mantero, F; Scaroni, C

    2014-04-01

    Cushing's disease (CD) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Until now, no medical treatment has been shown to be totally satisfactory when administrated alone. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of cabergoline with added ketoconazole and of the same combination in reverse, using urinary free cortisol (UFC) and late night salivary cortisol (LNSC) levels as biochemical markers of the treatments' efficacy in CD patients. A prospective analysis conducted on 14 patients (f/m = 12/2; median age 52, range 33-70 years) divided into two groups: 6 patients initially treated with cabergoline for 4-6 months (rising from 0.5-1 mg/week up to 3.0 mg/week), after which ketoconazole was added (group A); and 8 patients first took ketoconazole alone for 4-6 months (rising from 200 mg/day to 600 mg/day), then cabergoline was added (group B). Patients were compared with 14 age-matched patients in prolonged remission after effective neurosurgery for CD. The combination therapy led to UFC normalization in 79 % of patients with no differences between the groups; only one patient failed to respond at all. Neither drug succeeded in controlling the disease when taken alone. LNSC dropped when compared to baseline levels, but not to a significant degree (p = 0.06), and it remained significantly higher than in controls (p = 0.0006). Associating cabergoline with ketoconazole may represent an effective second-line treatment, achieving a satisfactory reduction in UFC levels and clinical improvement. Although the combined treatment lowered patients' LNSC levels, they remained higher than normal, indicating a persistent subclinical hypercortisolism; the implications of this condition need to be considered. No differences emerged between the two treatment schedules.

  16. Somatotroph Pituitary Adenoma with Acromegaly and Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease – SSTR5 polymorphism and PKD1 mutation

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    Syro, Luis V.; Sundsbak, Jamie L.; Scheithauer, Bernd W.; Toledo, Rodrigo A.; Camargo, Mauricio; Heyer, Christina M.; Sekiya, Tomoko; Uribe, Humberto; Escobar, Jorge I.; Vasquez, Martin; Rotondo, Fabio; Toledo, Sergio P. A.; Kovacs, Kalman; Horvath, Eva; Babovic-Vuksanovic, Dusica; Harris, Peter C.

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    A 39-year-old woman with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) presented with acromegaly and a pituitary macroadenoma. There was a family history of this renal disorder. She had undergone surgery for pituitary adenoma 6 years prior. Physical examination disclosed bitemporal hemianopsia and elevation of both basal growth hormone (GH) 106 ng/mL (normal 0–5) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) 811 ng/mL (normal 48–255) blood levels. A magnetic resonance imaging scan disclosed a 3.0 cm sellar and suprasellar mass with both optic chiasm compression and left cavernous sinus invasion. Histologic, immunohistochemical and ultrastructural studies of the lesion disclosed a sparsely granulated somatotroph adenoma. Standard chromosome analysis on the blood sample showed no abnormality. Sequence analysis of the coding regions of PKD1 and PKD2 employing DNA from both peripheral leukocytes and the tumor revealed the most common PKD1 mutation, 5014_5015delAG. Analysis of the entire SSTR5 gene disclosed the variant c.143C>A (p.L48M, rs4988483) change in the heterozygous state in both blood and tumor, while no pathogenic mutations were noted in the MEN1, AIP, p27Kip1 and SSTR2 genes. To our knowledge, this is the fourth reported case of a GH-producing pituitary adenoma associated with ADPKD, but the first subject to extensive morphological, ultrastructural, cytogenetic and molecular studies. The question arises whether the physical proximity of the PKD1 and SSTR5 genes on chromosome 16 indicates a causal relationship between ADPKD and the somatotroph adenoma. PMID:21744088

  17. Epidemiology of acromegaly.

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    Holdaway, I M; Rajasoorya, C

    1999-06-01

    Acromegaly is a consequence of chronic growth hormone (GH) excess, due in the majority of cases to a GH-secreting pituitary adenoma, and occurring with a population prevalence of 60 per million and an incidence of 3-4 per million per year. Males and females appear to be equally affected with an average age of presentation of 44 years. Younger patients may have more aggressive tumours and higher GH concentrations. There is co-existent hyperprolactinaemia in about one third of cases, and a variable proportion of [figure: see text] tumours appear to have activating mutations of the gsp gene or other genetic abnormalities. Acute complications such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sweating and obstructive sleep apnoea are usually readily reversible with treatment of the condition, but chronic complications such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease are less readily corrected and post-treatment GH levels of acromegaly leading to increased morbidity and mortality from the disorder, with observed-to-expected mortality ratios ranging from 1.6-3.3 and only approaching unity in those with growth hormone levels < 2.5 ug/L following treatment. Prognostic factors include in some studies the presence of diabetes and [table: see text] hypertension prior to diagnosis as well as measures of exposure to excessive growth hormone derived from the product of preoperative serum GH and the time from first symptoms to treatment. Overall, however, the most important prognostic variable appears to be the serum GH concentration achieved by treatment, with an increasing consensus that this needs to be < 2.5 ug/L (5 mU/L) to achieve cure of the condition.

  18. Multiple endocrine adenomatosis with Cushing's disease and the amenorrhea-galactorrhea syndrome responsive to proton beam irradiation

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    Veseley, D.L.; Fass, F.H.

    1981-09-01

    Multiple endocrine adenomatosis (MEA) or neoplasia is a hereditary disorder consisting of tumors of hyperplasia of several endocrine glands. In MEA-1 the pituitary, parathyroids, and pancreatic islets are most frequently involved, while in MEA-2 the thyroid (medullary carcinoma of the thyroid), parathyroids,and adrenals (pheochromocytomas) are the endocrine glands most likely to be involved. Cushings's syndrome may occur in MEA-1 and has also been found in patients with MEA-2, where the cause of Cushing's syndrome is usually ectopic ACTH production from medullary carcinoma of the thyroid. Recently, there have been reports of amenorrhea-galactorrhea syndrome in patients with MEA-1, and confirmation that hyperprolactinemia is associated with this syndrom has been found in patients with MEA-1. The present report details a patient who has been followed up for 20 years since she first presented with amenorrhea and galactorrhea. Ten years after first being seen she was noted to have Cushing's syndrom and hyperparathyroidism due to parathyroid hyperplasia. Both the amenorrhea-galactorrhea syndrome and Cushing's sydrome disappeared with proton beam irradiation to the pituitary.

  19. [Acromegaly: multifaceted clinical presentation of a rare disease of the elderly. Report of two cases with long-term follow-up].

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    Foppiani, Luca; Del Monte, Patrizia; Ruelle, Antonio; Marugo, Alessandro; Bernasconi, Donatella

    2006-04-01

    We report two cases of acromegaly in elderly patients. Both patients had markedly invasive GH-secreting macroadenomas, which caused hugely increased circulating GH levels (over 90 ng/ml). The first patient, 79 year-old, presented with goitre and severe osteoarthrosis, refused surgery and was treated with various somatostatin analogues (ultimately accompanied by cabergoline), without satisfactory control of the disease. The second patient, 67-year-old, presented with symptoms secondary to hypopituitarism, which had been previously misdiagnosed. These symptoms resolved with the appropriate substitutive therapy, which led to a significant improvement in her condition. However, two transphenoidal operations, radiotherapy and long-term somatostatin agonist therapy were required to control GH hypersecretion satisfactorily. The authors wish to underline that acromegaly is a rare but not negligible disorder in the elderly, which can affect the whole body functions and cause severe morbidities. In the two cases presented somatostatin agonists alone were not able to control the tumoral hypersecretion adequately. The prompt discovery (usually through a simple clinical evaluation) of this disease in the elderly, confirmed by hormonal and morphological evaluation, together with a multidisciplinary (medical, surgical, radiotherapeutic) approach can improve their quality of life and increase life expectancy.

  20. Medical Therapy of Acromegaly

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper outlines the present status of medical therapy of acromegaly. Indications for permanent postoperative treatment, postirradiation treamtent to bridge the interval until remission as well as primary medical therapy are elaborated. Therapeutic efficacy of the different available drugs—somatostatin receptor ligands (SRLs, dopamine agonists, and the GH antagonist Pegvisomant—is discussed, as are the indications for and efficacy of their respective combinations. Information on their mechanism of action, and some pharmakokinetic data are included. Special emphasis is given to the difficulties to define remission criteria of acromegaly due to technical assay problems. An algorithm for medical therapy in acromegaly is provided.

  1. Implementing a screening program for acromegaly in Latin America: necessity versus feasibility

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    Danilowicz, Karina; Day, Patricia Fainstein; Marcos P. Manavela; Herrera, Carlos Javier; Deheza, María Laura; Isaac, Gabriel; Juri, Ariel; Katz, Debora; Oscar D. Bruno

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    Introduction Acromegaly is a rare disease with a large burden due its associated comorbidities and the life-long management required. Since the occurrence and severity of associated complications are related to length of exposure to the excess growth hormone seen in acromegaly, early diagnosis is imperative. The delay in diagnosis, however, can be long, and may be the result of a lack of disease awareness and screening programs. Since acromegaly is an uncommon disease, finding ways to increas...

  2. Acromegaly: Beyond surgery

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    Gaya Thanabalasingham; Grossman, Ashley B.

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    Acromegaly is characterized by chronic, excess secretion of growth hormone (GH) from a pituitary adenoma, and elevated hepatic insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) levels. Significant progress has been made in the development of medical therapies to achieve biochemical and symptomatic control in acromegaly. In this review we discuss the three currently available medical therapies, which include somatostatin analogs, dopamine agonists and pegvisomant. We describe a step-wise approach in which ...

  3. Diabetic retinopathy in acromegaly

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    Said Azzoug; Farida Chentli

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Although growth hormone (GH) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy (DR), DR is deemed to be rare in patients with GH excess. Our aim was to study its prevalence in subjects with acromegaly suffering from diabetes mellitus (DM), to analyze its characteristics, and to look for predictive factors such as age at diagnosis, GH concentration and duration, DM duration, DM control, and family background. Materials and Methods: Forty patients with acromegaly and...

  4. Urinary growth hormone excretion in acromegaly

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    Main, K M; Lindholm, J; Vandeweghe, M

    1993-01-01

    The biochemical assessment of disease activity in acromegaly still presents a problem, especially in treated patients with mild clinical symptoms. We therefore examined the diagnostic value of the measurement of urinary growth hormone (GH) excretion in seventy unselected patients with acromegaly...... of different activity by comparing it to serum GH, serum insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) and clinical activity. There were highly significant, positive correlations between urinary GH and serum GH, serum IGF-I as well as clinical activity score (p

  5. Harvey Cushing's Canadian connections.

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    Feindel, William

    2003-01-01

    During his surgical career between 1896 and 1934, Harvey Cushing made eight visits to Canada. He had a broad impact on Canadian medicine and neurosurgery. Cushing's students Wilder Penfield and Kenneth McKenzie became outstanding leaders of the two major centers in Canada for neurosurgical treatment and training. On his first trip to Canada, shortly after completing his surgical internship in August 1896, Cushing traveled with members of his family through the Maritime Provinces and visited hospitals in Quebec and Montreal. Eight years later, in February 1904, as a successful young neurosurgeon at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, he reported to the Montreal Medico-Chirurgical Society on his surgical experience in 20 cases of removal of the trigeminal ganglion for neuralgia. In 1922, as the Charles Mickle Lecturer at the University of Toronto, Cushing assigned his honorarium of $1000 to support a neurosurgical fellowship at Harvard. This was awarded to McKenzie, then a general practitioner, for a year's training with Cushing in 1922-1923. McKenzie returned to initiate the neurosurgical services at the Toronto General Hospital, where he developed into a master surgeon and teacher. On Cushing's second visit to McGill University in October 1922, he and Sir Charles Sherrington inaugurated the new Biology Building of McGill's Medical School, marking the first stage of a Rockefeller-McGill program of modernization. In May 1929, Cushing attended the dedication of the Osler Library at McGill. In September 1934, responding to the invitation of Penfield, Cushing presented a Foundation Lecture-one of his finest addresses on the philosophy of neurosurgery-at the opening of the Montreal Neurological Institute. On that same trip, Cushing's revisit to McGill's Osler Library convinced him to turn over his own treasure of historical books to Yale University.

  6. Clinical use of pasireotide for Cushing's disease in adults

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    Ceccato F; Scaroni C; Boscaro M

    2015-01-01

    Filippo Ceccato, Carla Scaroni, Marco Boscaro Endocrinology Unit, Department of Medicine, Padova University Hospital, Padova, Italy Cushing’s disease: Excessive corticotroph hormone levels sustained by an adrenocorticotropic hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma lead to a severe clinical condition caused by excess cortisol secretion, called Cushing’s disease (CD). Neurosurgery and radiotherapy are used to treat the pituitary adenoma directly, but new medical treatments ta...

  7. Health-related quality of life in pituitary diseases.

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    Crespo, Iris; Valassi, Elena; Santos, Alicia; Webb, Susan M

    2015-03-01

    In the last 15 years, worse health-related quality of life (QoL) has been reported in patients with pituitary diseases compared with healthy individuals. Different QoL questionnaires have shown incomplete physical and psychological recovery after therapy. Residual impairments often affect QoL even long-term after successful treatment of pituitary adenomas. In this article, knowledge of factors that affect QoL in pituitary diseases is reviewed. The focus is on 5 pituitary diseases: Cushing syndrome, acromegaly, prolactinomas, nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas, and hypopituitarism.

  8. Diagnosis and treatment of Cushing's disease without remission after transsphenoidal surgery%库欣病经蝶术后无效的诊疗分析

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    陈文轩; 张辉; 林毅; 李黎明

    2015-01-01

    Objective To discuss the diagnosis and treatment of Cushing's disease without remission after transsphenoidal surgery.Methods 12 patients of Cushing's disease without remission after transsphenoidal surgery were investigated in this retrospective study.There were 2 males and 10 females with an average age of 36 (21-46) years old.Cushing's disease was diagnosed with the typical symptoms and signs of Cushing's syndrome,endocrinological examination and CT or MRI.Transsphenoidal surgery was performed in all patients.None of the patients achieved remission after operation.Serum and urinary free cortisol (UFC)were still elevated 3 months after operation.Subtotal adrenalectomy combined with pituitary radiotherapy were performed in 5 patients,single subtotal adrenalectomy in 4,pituitary radiotherapy in 2 and bilateral adrenalectomy with adrenal autotransplantation in 1 patient.Results Those receiving subtotal adrenalectomy combined with pituitary radiotherapy had no recurrence or Nelson's syndrome during 20 years of follow-up,but 4 patients receiving single subtotal adrenalectomy recurred after 2 to 9 years after operation.2 patients achieved remission with pituitary radiotherapy 1 to 2 years later without recurrence during 5 years of follow-up.One patient who underwent bilateral adrenalectomy with adrenal autotransplantation needed steroid replacement and Nelson's syndrome occurred during 2 years of follow-up because transplanted adrenal gland had no function.Conclusion The diagnosis of Cushing's disease should be reconfirmed for patients without remission after transsphenoidal surgery and the treatment should be individualized based on the results of operation,pathology and imaging.%目的 探讨库欣病经蝶术后无效的诊断和治疗.方法 男2例,女10例,平均年龄36(21 ~46)岁.据典型库欣综合征表现、内分泌学和影像学检查诊断为库欣病而行经蝶手术.所有患者术后症状和体征均未缓解,术后3个月复查血

  9. [The importance of early diagnosis in acromegaly].

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    Valkusz, Zsuzsanna; Tóth, Miklós; Boda, Judit; Nagy, Endre; Julesz, János

    2011-05-01

    The authors review the historical and epidemiological aspects, clinical features and complications of acromegaly while emphasizing the importance of the early diagnosis and treatment. Acromegaly is a rare and mostly sporadic disorder due to excessive production of growth hormone. It is characterized by progressive somatic disfigurement (mainly involving the face and extremities) and systemic manifestations. The prevalence is estimated between 40 and 125 cases/million. Generally, it is diagnosed in middle-aged adults (mean age 40 years, men and women equally affected). Due to its insidious onset and slow progression, acromegaly is often diagnosed 7 to more than 10 years after its onset. The disease has cardiovascular, rheumatological, respiratory and metabolic consequences which highly determine its prognosis. Acromegaly is associated with a number of complications resulting in a two- or four-fold increase of mortality and a decrease of life expectancy by about 10 years. The major causes of death include cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events, respiratory diseases and malignancies. The duration of the disease before the introduction of effective therapy may be a major predictor of increased mortality mainly due to complications . The early diagnosis is important for timely commencement of treatment and for prevention of serious complications of the disease.

  10. PLASMA-LEVEL MONITORING OF MITOTANE (O,P'-DDD) AND ITS METABOLITE (O,P'-DDE) DURING LONG-TERM TREATMENT OF CUSHINGS-DISEASE WITH LOW-DOSES

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    BENECKE, R; KELLER, E; VETTER, B; DEZEEUW, RA

    1991-01-01

    Mitotane (o,p'-DDD) can be used for the treatment of various adrenocortical diseases such as Cushing's syndrome, but the usual doses of 6-8 g per day are often associated with severe adverse effects. This paper reports the results of much lower doses of o.p'-DDD (0.5-2 g per day) in two patients wit

  11. Cushing's ulcer: Further reflections

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    Kemp, William J.; Bashir, Asif; Dababneh, Haitham; Cohen-Gadol, Aaron A.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Brain tumors, traumatic head injury, and other intracranial processes including infections, can cause increased intracranial pressure and lead to overstimulation of the vagus nerve. As a result, increased secretion of gastric acid may occur which leads to gastro-duodenal ulcer formation known as Cushing's ulcer. Methods: A review of original records of Dr. Harvey Cushing's patients suffering from gastro-duodenal ulcers was performed followed by a discussion of the available litera...

  12. Radiation therapy of acromegaly.

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    Eastman, R C; Gorden, P; Glatstein, E; Roth, J

    1992-09-01

    Conventional megavoltage irradiation of GH-secreting tumors has predictable effects on tumor mass, GH, and pituitary function. 1. Further growth of the tumor is prevented in more than 99% of patients, with only a fraction of a percent of patients requiring subsequent surgery for tumor mass effects. 2. GH falls predictably with time. By 2 years GH falls by about 50% from the baseline level, and by 5 years by about 75% from the baseline level. The initial GH elevation and the size and erosive features of the sella turcica do not affect the percent decrease in GH from the baseline elevation. 3. With prolonged follow-up, further decrease in GH is seen at 10 and 15 years, with the fraction of surviving patients achieving GH levels less than 5 ng/mL approaching 90% after 15 years in our experience. Gender, previous surgery, and hyperprolactinemia do not seem to affect the response to treatment. Patients with initial GH greater than 100 ng/mL are significantly less likely to achieve GH values less than 5 ng/mL during long-term follow-up. 4. Hypopituitarism is a predictable outcome of treatment, is delayed, and may be more likely in patients who have had surgery prior to irradiation. There is no evidence that this complication is more common in patients with acromegaly than in patients with other pituitary adenomas receiving similar treatment. 5. Vision loss due to megavoltage irradiation--using modern techniques and limiting the total dose to 4680 rad given in 25 fractions over 35 days, with individual fractions not exceeding 180 rad--is extremely rare. The reported cases have occurred almost entirely in patients who have received larger doses or higher fractional doses. The theory that patients with acromegaly are prone to radiation-induced injury to the CNS and optic nerves and chiasm because of small vessel disease is not supported by a review of the reported cases. 6. Brain necrosis and secondary neoplasms induced by irradiation are extremely rare. 7. Although

  13. The Liege Acromegaly Survey (LAS): a new software tool for the study of acromegaly.

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    Petrossians, Patrick; Tichomirowa, Maria A; Stevenaert, Achile; Martin, Didier; Daly, Adrian F; Beckers, Albert

    2012-06-01

    Acromegaly is a chronic rare disease associated with negative pathological effects on multiple systems and organs. We designed a new informatics tool to study data from patients with acromegaly, the Liege Acromegaly Survey (LAS). This relational database permits the inclusion of anonymous historical and prospective data on patients and includes pathophysiology, clinical features, responses to therapy and long term outcomes of acromegaly. We deployed the LAS in a validation study at a single center in order to study the characteristics of patients with acromegaly diagnosed at our center from 1970-2011. A total of 290 patients with acromegaly were included (147 males and 143 females). There was a linear relationship between age at diagnosis and the date of diagnosis, indicating that older patients are being diagnosed with acromegaly more frequently. A majority presented with macroadenomas (77.5%) and the median diameter was 14 mm. Patients with macroadenomas were significantly younger than patients with microadenomas (P=0.01). GH values at diagnosis decreased with the age of the patients (P=0.01) and there was a correlation between GH values and tumor size at diagnosis (P=0.02). No correlation existed between insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) levels and tumor characteristics. The prevalence of diabetes was 21.4% in this population and 41.0% had hypertension. The presence of hypertension and diabetes were significantly associated with one another (P<0.001). There was a linear relation between initial GH and IGF-1 levels at diagnosis and those obtained during SSA analog treatment and the lowest GH and IGF-1 values following SSA therapy were obtained in older patients (GH: P<0.001; IGF-1: P<0.001). The LAS is a new relational database that is feasible to use in the clinical research setting and permits ready pooling of anonymous patient data from multiple study sites to undertake robust statistical analyses of clinical and therapeutic characteristics.

  14. Clinical use of pasireotide for Cushing's disease in adults

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Filippo Ceccato, Carla Scaroni, Marco Boscaro Endocrinology Unit, Department of Medicine, Padova University Hospital, Padova, Italy Cushing’s disease: Excessive corticotroph hormone levels sustained by an adrenocorticotropic hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma lead to a severe clinical condition caused by excess cortisol secretion, called Cushing’s disease (CD. Neurosurgery and radiotherapy are used to treat the pituitary adenoma directly, but new medical treatments targeting the corticotroph cells have recently become available. Pasireotide: This is a novel multireceptor ligand somatostatin (SST analog with a high binding affinity for SST receptor 5, the predominant receptor in human corticotroph adenomas that is not downregulated by high cortisol levels (as SST receptor 2 is. Pasireotide has been recently approved by the European Medical Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration for treating adults with CD with recurrent hypercortisolism after surgery, or for whom surgery is not an option. A dose of 600–1,200 µg twice a day can normalize urinary free cortisol levels after 3 months of treatment in up to 28% of patients, reducing their blood pressure and improving their weight, lipid profile, and quality of life. Combining pasireotide with cabergoline to achieve a greater hormone response can normalize cortisol secretion in 50% of patients, and adding ketoconazole induces biochemical control in most patients with CD. Safety and hyperglycemia: The adverse effects of pasireotide are similar to those of other SST analogs, including diarrhea, nausea, and biliary sludge or gallstones. Hyperglycemia is common during pasireotide treatment, which affects the secretion of pancreatic insulin and intestinal glucagon-like peptide 1. Self-monitoring is essential to achieve good metabolic control, and endocrinologists should first administer metformin if insulin resistance is evident and then add dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors

  15. An update on the treatment of acromegaly

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Kari L Edling,1 Anthony P Heaney1,21Department of Medicine, 2Department of Neurosurgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USAAbstract: Acromegaly is caused by pituitary somatotroph hypersecretion of growth hormone leading to elevated hepatic-derived and local levels of insulin-like growth factor-1. It is associated with increased morbidity and mortality due primarily to cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. Normalization of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 levels has been associated with decreased morbidity from metabolic and cardiovascular effects, as well as reduced overall mortality in epidemiologic studies. Many patients experience a delay in obtaining a diagnosis, have pituitary macroadenomas at presentation, and accordingly, a significant number will not be cured by tumor surgical resection alone. Adjunctive radiation therapy cannot always offer biochemical and clinical disease control and carries a 40% risk of partial or total pituitary failure in the medium term. Several monotherapies or combination medical therapies are currently available for both primary and adjuvant acromegaly treatment, and include long-acting somatostatin analogs, the growth hormone receptor antagonist pegvisomant, and dopamine agonists. Next generation somatostatin analogs and new drug delivery methods of existing agents are in ongoing clinical studies. This paper will review current and novel therapies under development for acromegaly.Keywords: acromegaly, growth hormone, pituitary tumors, somatostatin analog, pasireotide, pegvisomant

  16. Acromegaly associated with gangliocytoma.

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    Crowley, R K

    2009-09-30

    BACKGROUND: Acromegaly secondary to growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) excess is rare. AIMS\\/CASE DESCRIPTION: We report two patients with acromegaly who were diagnosed with sellar gangliocytomas that were immunopositive for GHRH. Tumour tissue persisted after debulking surgery and in the second case this was associated with persistent growth hormone hypersecretion, successfully suppressed by a somatostatin analogue. CONCLUSIONS: The development of functional pituitary adenomas in association with sellar gangliocytomas is poorly understood. We present a brief discussion of the possible aetiology of these unusual pituitary tumours.

  17. Hormonal secretion and quality of life in Nelson syndrome and Cushing disease after long acting repeatable octreotide: a short series and update.

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    Arregger, Alejandro L; Cardoso, Estela M L; Sandoval, Olga B; Monardes Tumilasci, Elida G; Sanchez, Rocío; Contreras, Liliana N

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    Clinical management of persistent adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH) excess in Nelson syndrome (NS) and Cushing disease (CD) remains a challenge. Somatostatin and its analogs as octreotide decrease ACTH secretion through somatostatin receptors of pituitary cells. To our knowledge, there are no reports on the effect of long-acting repeatable octreotide (oct-lar) on hormonal secretion and quality of life in patients with NS and CD who failed conventional therapy. Herein, we describe the effects of treatment with oct-lar (20 mg/month intramurally) in 1 woman with NS and 2 women with persistent CD. Oct-lar therapy reduced ACTH secretion and improved the quality of life in NS patient. By contrast, in CD patients, it failed to control ACTH and cortisol secretion, and the quality of life remained unchanged.

  18. 经鼻蝶手术治疗垂体磁共振扫描阴性的Cushing病%Transsphenoid surgery for Cushing disease with negative MRI finding

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    卞留贯; 孙青芳; 沈建康; 赵卫国; 宁光; 苏颋伟; 高广忠

    2009-01-01

    Objective To explore the diagnosis and treatment principle of Cushing disease with negative MRI.Methods Sixteen Cushing diseases with negative MRI were retrospectively reviewed.All the patients were diagnosed with Cushing disease based on clinical findings and laboratory criteria including loss of diurnal variation in serum cortisol levels,and/or elevated 24-h urinary free cortisol concentrations,normal or elevated ACTH levels.Five patients with failure of cortisol suppression after high-dose dexamethasone test,bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BIPSS) was performed.All patients underwent endonasal transsphenoid surgery.Adenoma was intraoperatively demonstrated in eleven cases,after a wide sellar dural opening.For four patients,the incision was made in the paramedian adenohypophysis on the side of the high ACTH gradient and adenomatous tissue was encountered with tenacious and yellow tissue.However,the partial hemihypophysectomy was performed in one patient,on the side with the higher ACTH gradient from BIPSS,because the BIPSS can not suggest the localization of the tumor.Results The early remission rate was achieved in ten cases (63%,10/16).The pathological finding showed the ACTH secreting adenoma in twelve cases,and pituitary corticotroph hyperplasia in 4 cases.Conclusion Transsphenoid surgery may be the choice for treating Cushing disease with negative MRI finding.%目的 探讨垂体MRI扫描未见异常的Cushing病的诊断和处理原则.方法 回顾性分析16例垂体MRI扫描未见异常的Cushing病患者,表现为血尿皮质醇升高、血皮质醇昼夜节律消失,正常或轻度升高的ACFH;其中大剂量地塞米松抑制试验中被抑制的11例,余5例通过舣侧岩下窦采血(BIPSS)证实垂体性Cushing病;手术采用经单鼻腔蝶窦入路,硬膜切开后发现肿瘤的11例,4例根据BIPSS提示的偏侧,ACTH高的一侧旁正中切开垂体,均发现肿瘤,肿瘤质地较韧,色泽偏黄.1例BIPSS不能提示肿瘤位置,

  19. Acromegaly without acral changes: A rare presentation

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Acromegaly is diagnosed clinically by the universal presence of acral enlargement and typical coarse facies. We report a short, elderly female developing acromegalic facies for last 10 years without acral overgrowth. She is a patient of primary hypothyroidism, well controlled for last 20 years. Acromegaly was proven by high level of serum insulin like growth factor-1 (IGF-1 and elevated and nonsuppressed level of growth hormone (GH, with other hormonal profile being undisturbed. She had mild insulin resistance and systemic hypertension in absence of any visual field defect. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of brain revealed pituitary hyperplasia without any detectable adenoma. No source of ectopic secretion of GH or growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH could be localized. Therefore, atypical presentation of acromegaly needs high degree of suspicion even if some of the common features are lacking. Here, we have biochemically proved acromegaly with typical facies, short stature but no acral overgrowth and pituitary adenoma despite longstanding disease activity, and thus eluding diagnosis for years.

  20. [Clinical case of the month. Cardiac complications of acromegaly: a rare cause of dilated cardiomyopathy].

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    Devoitille, A; Beckers, A; Piérard, L A

    2012-04-01

    Acromegaly is a disease characterized by chronic growth hormone hypersecretion. Cardiovascular complications represent the main cause of death. We present here a rare case of dilated cardiomyopathy whose diagnosis revealed an acromegaly. This will provide the opportunity to review an uncommon disease and its recently reassessed prevalence.

  1. The strange case of a patient affected by acromegaly with osteoporomalacia without hypogonadism

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    S. Caprio

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Acromegaly is a rare disease that, in the majority of cases, is due to the presence of a benign growth hormone (GH- producing tumor of the pituitary. Growth hormone has profound effects on linear bone growth, bone metabolism, and bone mass. In acromegaly, the skeletal effects of chronic GH excess have been mainly addressed by evaluating bone mineral density (BMD. Most data were obtained in patients with active acromegaly, and apparently high or normal BMD was observed in the absence of hypogonadism. The Autors describe a case of patient affected by acromegaly without hypogonadism with serious osteoporosis and biological signs of osteomalacia.

  2. Ventricular tachycardia in acromegaly.

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    Arias, Miguel A; Pachón, Marta; Rodríguez-Padial, Luis

    2011-02-01

    Cases of sudden cardiac death have been reported in patients with acromegaly. Malignant ventricular arrhythmias may play an important role in this fatal complication, but the exact mechanisms are not well understood. We report on an acromegalic patient presenting with documented recurrent syncopal ventricular tachycardia.

  3. Mortality in patients with pituitary disease.

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    Sherlock, Mark

    2010-06-01

    Pituitary disease is associated with increased mortality predominantly due to vascular disease. Control of cortisol secretion and GH hypersecretion (and cardiovascular risk factor reduction) is key in the reduction of mortality in patients with Cushing\\'s disease and acromegaly, retrospectively. For patients with acromegaly, the role of IGF-I is less clear-cut. Confounding pituitary hormone deficiencies such as gonadotropins and particularly ACTH deficiency (with higher doses of hydrocortisone replacement) may have a detrimental effect on outcome in patients with pituitary disease. Pituitary radiotherapy is a further factor that has been associated with increased mortality (particularly cerebrovascular). Although standardized mortality ratios in pituitary disease are falling due to improved treatment, mortality for many conditions are still elevated above that of the general population, and therefore further measures are needed. Craniopharyngioma patients have a particularly increased risk of mortality as a result of the tumor itself and treatment to control tumor growth; this is a key area for future research in order to optimize the outcome for these patients.

  4. Real-world comorbidities and treatment patterns of patients with acromegaly in two large US health plan databases

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    Burton, Tanya; Le Nestour, Elisabeth; Bancroft, Tim; Neary, Maureen

    2012-01-01

    Acromegaly is a rare, chronic, and debilitating disease that results from excessive growth hormone production. Clinically, this disease is associated with enlargement of soft tissue, excessive skeletal growth, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Acromegaly is often diagnosed late, when a wide range of comorbidities may already be present. First-line therapy for acromegaly is typically surgery; but a number of highly-specific pharmacological agents have recently enabled a more aggres...

  5. Symptoms and signs of acromegaly: an ongoing need to raise awareness among healthcare practitioners.

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    Zarool-Hassan, Redzuan; Conaglen, Helen M; Conaglen, John V; Elston, Marianne S

    2016-06-01

    INTRODUCTION Chronic excess growth hormone production results in acromegaly, a condition associated with widespread physical changes, including soft tissue and bony overgrowth. When untreated, acromegaly reduces life expectancy. Patients usually remain undiagnosed for years after the onset of symptoms, by which stage irreversible physical changes have often occurred. METHOD A cross-sectional questionnaire study involving patients with acromegaly from the Waikato Endocrine Unit and the New Zealand Acromegaly Society evaluated features of acromegaly that were present before diagnosis. The aim of this study was to identify acromegaly features that were most prevalent to promote increased awareness about the disease by healthcare providers. RESULTS 81 participants were included. The main pre-diagnosis physical changes participants reported were acral changes, alterations in facial features and oral symptoms. For some, these features were present for more than 10 years before the acromegaly diagnosis. Multiple co-morbidities associated with acromegaly were reported. Two-thirds of the participants felt that an earlier diagnosis was possible. Most participants were in contact with General Practitioners (GPs) and/or dentists before diagnosis. Endocrinologists had the highest diagnosis rate, followed by GPs. Dentists had a low diagnosis rate despite a high prevalence of oral symptoms among study participants. CONCLUSION Increased awareness of acromegaly among primary care clinicians is important as they are the first-point-of-contact with the healthcare system for most patients. Health professionals' early recognition of symptoms and signs of acromegaly would reduce delays in time-to-diagnosis, enable earlier treatment and may improve outcomes for patients with acromegaly. MESH KEYWORDS Acromegaly; symptoms; delayed diagnosis; clinicians; primary healthcare.

  6. Radiation techniques for acromegaly

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    Minniti Giuseppe

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Radiotherapy (RT remains an effective treatment in patients with acromegaly refractory to medical and/or surgical interventions, with durable tumor control and biochemical remission; however, there are still concerns about delayed biochemical effect and potential late toxicity of radiation treatment, especially high rates of hypopituitarism. Stereotactic radiotherapy has been developed as a more accurate technique of irradiation with more precise tumour localization and consequently a reduction in the volume of normal tissue, particularly the brain, irradiated to high radiation doses. Radiation can be delivered in a single fraction by stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS or as fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT in which smaller doses are delivered over 5-6 weeks in 25-30 treatments. A review of the recent literature suggests that pituitary irradiation is an effective treatment for acromegaly. Stereotactic techniques for GH-secreting pituitary tumors are discussed with the aim to define the efficacy and potential adverse effects of each of these techniques.

  7. Acromegaly: Beyond surgery

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    Gaya Thanabalasingham

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Acromegaly is characterized by chronic, excess secretion of growth hormone (GH from a pituitary adenoma, and elevated hepatic insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1 levels. Significant progress has been made in the development of medical therapies to achieve biochemical and symptomatic control in acromegaly. In this review we discuss the three currently available medical therapies, which include somatostatin analogs, dopamine agonists and pegvisomant. We describe a step-wise approach in which a somatostatin analog is followed by the addition of a dopamine agonist, and then if required the addition of or replacement by pegvisomant. New somatostatin agonists such as pasireotide, and the introduction of new orally-acting somatostatin agonists, should increase the therapeutic choices available in the near future.

  8. Acromegaly: Beyond surgery.

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    Thanabalasingham, Gaya; Grossman, Ashley B

    2013-07-01

    Acromegaly is characterized by chronic, excess secretion of growth hormone (GH) from a pituitary adenoma, and elevated hepatic insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) levels. Significant progress has been made in the development of medical therapies to achieve biochemical and symptomatic control in acromegaly. In this review we discuss the three currently available medical therapies, which include somatostatin analogs, dopamine agonists and pegvisomant. We describe a step-wise approach in which a somatostatin analog is followed by the addition of a dopamine agonist, and then if required the addition of or replacement by pegvisomant. New somatostatin agonists such as pasireotide, and the introduction of new orally-acting somatostatin agonists, should increase the therapeutic choices available in the near future.

  9. Diabetic retinopathy in acromegaly

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    Said Azzoug

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Although growth hormone (GH has been implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy (DR, DR is deemed to be rare in patients with GH excess. Our aim was to study its prevalence in subjects with acromegaly suffering from diabetes mellitus (DM, to analyze its characteristics, and to look for predictive factors such as age at diagnosis, GH concentration and duration, DM duration, DM control, and family background. Materials and Methods: Forty patients with acromegaly and DM (21 males, 19 females, median age = 50 years, underwent a systematic ophthalmological examination with dilated funduscopy to seek diabetic retinopathy. Results: Among this population, 05 (12.5% had DR. It was at an early stage or background retinopathy in 3 cases and at a more advanced stage or proliferative retinopathy in 2 cases. We did not find any correlation with age at diagnosis, GH levels and duration, DM duration and family history of DM, but poor glycemic control seems to play a role although statistical analysis showed borderline significance. Conclusion: From this study, we conclude that prevalence of DR in patients with acromegaly is 12.5%, and it is slight or moderate. Among studied factors, only poor glycemic control seems to be implicated in its development.

  10. Acromegaly said to respond to proton therapy

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    Raymond, C.A.

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    A news article is presented which discusses a new use for proton therapy. As physicians and physicists continue to refine the clinical applications for charged particles, they can point to at least one notable success story: the treatment of acromegaly, a disorder that afflicts an estimated 250 persons in the United States each year. Bernard Kliman, MD, reported at the annual Endocrine Society meeting in Indianapolis that his group at Harvard Medical School, Boston, and the Harvard cyclotron has cured 479 (85.5%) of 560 patients with acromegaly or gigantism. Cure is defined as reducing growth hormone level to less than 5 ..mu..g/L and shrinking the soft tissue growth characteristic of the disease.

  11. Recent developments in canine Cushing`s syndrome

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    Galac, S.

    2010-01-01

    Cushing`s syndrome or hypercortisolism is one of the most common endocrinopathies in dogs. Besides the ACTH or pituitary-dependent and adrenal or ACTH-independent hypercortisolism, ectopic ACTH secretion and food-dependent hypercortisolism are described in the dog for the very first time. Ectopic AC

  12. Neurocognitive function in acromegaly after surgical resection of GH-secreting adenoma versus naive acromegaly.

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    Juan Francisco Martín-Rodríguez

    Full Text Available Patients with active untreated acromegaly show mild to moderate neurocognitive disorders that are associated to chronic exposure to growth hormone (GH and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I hypersecretion. However, it is unknown whether these disorders improve after controlling GH/IGF-I hypersecretion. The aim of this study was to compare neurocognitive functions of patients who successfully underwent GH-secreting adenoma transsphenoidal surgery (cured patients with patients with naive acromegaly. In addition, we wanted to determine the impact of different clinical and biochemical variables on neurocognitive status in patients with active disease and after long-term cure. A battery of six standardized neuropsychological tests assessed attention, memory and executive functioning. In addition, a quantitative electroencephalography with Low-Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA solution was performed to obtain information about the neurophysiological state of the patients. Neurocognitive data was compared to that of a healthy control group. Multiple linear regression analysis was also conducted using clinical and hormonal parameters to obtain a set of independent predictors of neurocognitive state before and after cure. Both groups of patients scored significantly poorer than the healthy controls on memory tests, especially those assessing visual and verbal recall. Patients with cured acromegaly did not obtain better cognitive measures than naïve patients. Furthermore memory deficits were associated with decreased beta activity in left medial temporal cortex in both groups of patients. Regression analysis showed longer duration of untreated acromegaly was associated with more severe neurocognitive complications, regardless of the diagnostic group, whereas GH levels at the time of assessment was related to neurocognitive outcome only in naïve patients. Longer duration of post-operative biochemical remission of acromegaly was associated with

  13. Features at diagnosis of 324 patients with acromegaly did not change from 1981 to 2006; Acromegaly remains under-recognized and under-diagnosed

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    Reid, Tirissa J.; Post, Kalmon D.; Bruce, Jeffrey N.; Kanibir, M. Nabi; Reyes-Vidal, Carlos M.; Freda, Pamela U.

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND Traditionally, acromegaly evaded diagnosis until in its clinically obvious later stages when treatment is more difficult. Over the last 25 years diagnostic tests have improved, but whether clinical disease detection also improved was unknown so we tested if disease severity at diagnosis had changed from 1981 to 2006. METHODS Data on 324 consecutive acromegaly patients presenting from 1981–2006 at two New York City hospitals were collected by retrospective review (n=324) and by interview (n=200). The main complaint, acromegaly-associated co-morbidities, signs, symptoms, healthcare providers visited, pre-operative growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) levels and pituitary tumor size at diagnosis were compared in patients presenting in the earlier vs. later halves of the time period. RESULTS Times from symptom onset to diagnosis were 5.9 yr. (early) vs. 5.2 yr. (late)(p=ns). At diagnosis, 96% of early and late groups had facial feature changes and/or hand/foot enlargement. Co-morbidities included hypertension (HTN) 37 % (early) vs. 36% (late), carpal tunnel syndrome (24 vs. 24%), sleep apnea (13 vs. 29%)(p acromegaly patients were unchanged from 1981–2006. Most patients still have marked manifestations of acromegaly at diagnosis suggesting that acromegaly remains clinically under-recognized. Healthcare professionals should more commonly consider acromegaly, which can lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment outcome. PMID:19473180

  14. A case of acromegaly complicated with diabetic ketoacidosis, pituitary apoplexy, and lymphoma.

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    Jiang, He-Jiun; Hung, Wei-Wen; Hsiao, Pi-Jung

    2013-12-01

    Acromegaly is always complicated with comorbidities and increased mortality. The disease activity and mortality outcomes are highly correlated to the level of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor 1. A variety of clinical manifestations of acromegaly have been reported. We present a unique case where a 49-year-old male was diagnosed with acromegaly with a first manifestation as an episode of diabetic ketoacidosis. Because he refused any suggestion of treatment, a recurrent episode of diabetic ketoacidosis with pituitary apoplexy occurred. A huge B-cell lymphoma displaying as a huge facial mass followed within 1 year of the diagnosis of acromegaly. Death from advanced cancer ensued 3 years later. This clinical experience strongly reinforces the urgency of controlling growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor 1 as soon as possible once acromegaly is diagnosed.

  15. Sleep apnea in active acromegaly.

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    Hart, T B; Radow, S K; Blackard, W G; Tucker, H S; Cooper, K R

    1985-05-01

    Previous case reports have shown an association between acromegaly and the sleep apnea syndrome (SAS). Some of the patients described had central SAS, raising the possibility that an elevation of the growth hormone (GH) level may cause a defect in respiratory drive. We determined the prevalence of SAS in 21 patients with a history of acromegaly. We separated them into two groups based on serum GH concentrations. Ten patients had active acromegaly (mean GH concentration, 62.2 ng/mL; range, 12.6 to 148 ng/mL), while 11 patients had inactive acromegaly (mean GH, 3.2 ng/mL; range, 0.7 to 6.4 ng/mL). Four of the ten patients with active acromegaly had SAS; none of the 11 patients with inactive acromegaly had SAS. Three patients with SAS had the purely obstructive type, and one had the mixed central and obstructive type. The hypercapnic ventilatory response was normal in all patients tested and was not influenced by the GH level. We conclude that SAS is associated with active acromegaly and that the GH level does not affect the hypercapnic ventilatory response. The absence of SAS in successfully treated patients suggests that it may resolve after a normal GH level is restored.

  16. Cardiac abnormalities in acromegaly. Pathophysiology and implications for management.

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    Vitale, Giovanni; Pivonello, Rosario; Lombardi, Gaetano; Colao, Annamaria

    2004-01-01

    Cardiovascular disease is claimed to be one of the most severe complications of acromegaly, contributing significantly to mortality in this disease. In fact, an excess of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-I) causes a specific derangement of cardiomyocytes, leading to abnormalities in cardiac muscle structure and function, inducing a specific cardiomyopathy. In the early phase of acromegaly the excess of GH and IGF-I induces a hyperkinetic syndrome, characterized by increased heart rate and increased systolic output. Concentric hypertrophy is the most common feature of cardiac involvement in acromegaly, found in more than two thirds of patients at diagnosis. This abnormality is commonly associated with diastolic dysfunction and eventually with impaired systolic function ending in heart failure, if the GH/IGF-I excess is left untreated. In addition, abnormalities of cardiac rhythm and of heart valves have also been described in acromegaly. The coexistence of other complications, such as arterial hypertension and diabetes mellitus, aggravates acromegalic cardiomyopathy. Successful control of acromegaly induces a decrease in left ventricular mass and an improvement in diastolic function, while the effects of GH/IGF-I suppression on systolic function are more variable. However, since cardiovascular alterations in young patients with short disease duration are milder than in those with longer disease duration, it is likely to be easier to reverse and/or arrest acromegalic cardiomyopathy in young patients with early-onset disease. In conclusion, careful assessments of cardiac function, morphology, and activity are required in patients with acromegaly. An early diagnosis and prompt effective treatment are important in order to reverse acromegalic cardiomyopathy.

  17. Cushing's Disease Misdiagnosed as Primary Aldosteronism:A Case Report and Literature Review%库欣病误诊为原发性醛固酮增多症一例报告并文献复习

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    郭笑丹; 汪宁; 赵真真; 陈欢; 崔巍

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    Objective To strengthen the understanding of atypical Cushing syndrome manifestations in Cushing dis-ease in order to improve the early diagnosis, reduce misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis and the mortality rates. Methods Clin-ical data of one patient with Cushing disease,who was admitted to our hospital in 2013 and misdiagnosed as having primary al-dosteronism, was retrospectively analyzed,and the related literature was reviewed. Results This patient with atypical Cushing syndrome manifestations, who suffered from hypertension and severe low blood potassium, was misdiagnosed as having primary aldosteronism. However the symptom did not improve after oral spironolactone and potassium. After inhibition test of small dose and large dose of dexamethasone, dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI appearances of pituitary, testing adrenocortical hor-mone(ACTH) by bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling ( BIPSS) in our hospital, this patient was diagnosed as having Cushing's disease. The levels of electrolyte, cortisol and ACTH returned to normal after left pituitary micro-adenoma enuclea-tion operation. Conclusion Clinicians should pay close attention to identifying atypical Cushing syndrome manifestations in Cushing disease patients who suffer from hypertension and severe low blood potassium and need to do relevant medical exami-nations in order to make early diagnosis and have early treatment, which will help to improve the prognosis of these patients.%目的:加强对无典型库欣综合征外貌的库欣病的认识,提高早期诊断水平,减少误漏诊,降低病死率。方法回顾分析我院2013年收治的1例误诊为原发性醛固酮增多症(原醛症)的库欣病的诊治经过及误诊原因,并复习相关文献。结果本例表现为高血压、严重低血钾,无典型库欣综合征外貌,曾在外院误诊为原醛症,予口服螺内酯、补钾等治疗效果差。在我院行小剂量及大剂量地塞米松抑制试验、垂体 MR +动

  18. Macroglossia in acromegaly and hypothyroidism.

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    Wittmann, A L

    1977-04-29

    The tongues of two patients with macroglossia were examined at autopsy. One of the patients had acromegaly and the other had hypothyroidism. To evaluate the size of the enlarged tongues, the average weight of the tongue in the human adult was determined first in a series of 20 unselected autopsies, 10 males and 10 females (ages 44 to 85). The weight of the tongue was greater in males than in females and was directly correlated with the height of the subject. Cachexia had relatively little effect on the weight. In acromegaly (case 21) and myxedema (case 22) the tongue was enlarged by at least 50%. Histopathology showed enlargement of muscle fibers especially anteriorly in acromegaly and hypothyroidism, thickening of the epithelium and increased subepithelial and interstitial connective tissue. Incidental findings included venous thrombi and telangiectasia in the subepithelial connective tissue in both hypothyroidism and acromegaly and a corpus amylaceum and two islands of hyaline cartilage in the tongue of hypothyroidism.

  19. Restrictive extraocular myopathy: A presenting feature of acromegaly

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A 45-year-old man presented with binocular diplopia in primary gaze for 1 year. Orthoptic evaluation showed 10-prism diopter right eye hypotropia and 6-prism diopter right eye esotropia. The elevation and abduction of the right eye were mechanically restricted. This was associated with systemic features suggestive of acromegaly. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of the brain demonstrated a pituitary macroadenoma. An elevated serum insulin-like growth factor I level and the failure of growth hormone suppression after an oral glucose load biochemically confirmed the diagnosis of acromegaly. Computed tomography (CT of the orbit demonstrated bilateral symmetrical enlargement of the medial rectus and inferior rectus muscle bellies. All tests regarding Graves-Basedow disease were negative. Although rare, diplopia due to a restrictive extraocular myopathy could be the presenting symptom of acromegaly.

  20. Mandibular prognathism caused by acromegaly - a surgical orthodontic case.

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    Gosau, Martin; Vogel, Corinna; Moralis, Antonios; Proff, Peter; Kleinheinz, Johannes; Driemel, Oliver

    2009-01-01

    A 22-year-old man presented for orthodontic surgery because of mandibular prognathism. Clinical symptoms suggested acromegaly, and diagnosis was verified by an endocrinologist as well as by radiograph. Bilateral mandibular prognathism often represents the first and most striking physical characteristic of acromegaly; usually, it is also the main reason why patients seek help from orthodontists or maxillo-facial surgeons. This case report recapitulates the clinical and histopathological findings in pituitary growth hormone (GH) adenomas and emphasises their importance in surgical orthodontic planning. Mandibular prognatism, macroglossia and abnormal growth of hands and feet represent strong indicators for the diagnosis of acromegaly. This disease and its complications not only affect the entire body but increase mortality if the pituitary gland tumour remains untreated.

  1. Mandibular prognathism caused by acromegaly – a surgical orthodontic case

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    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A 22-year-old man presented for orthodontic surgery because of mandibular prognathism. Clinical symptoms suggested acromegaly, and diagnosis was verified by an endocrinologist as well as by radiograph. Bilateral mandibular prognathism often represents the first and most striking physical characteristic of acromegaly; usually, it is also the main reason why patients seek help from orthodontists or maxillo-facial surgeons. This case report recapitulates the clinical and histopathological findings in pituitary growth hormone (GH adenomas and emphasises their importance in surgical orthodontic planning. Mandibular prognatism, macroglossia and abnormal growth of hands and feet represent strong indicators for the diagnosis of acromegaly. This disease and its complications not only affect the entire body but increase mortality if the pituitary gland tumour remains untreated.

  2. 60 YEARS OF NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY: Acromegaly.

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    Capatina, Cristina; Wass, John A H

    2015-08-01

    Acromegaly (ACM) is a chronic, progressive disorder caused by the persistent hypersecretion of GH, in the vast majority of cases secreted by a pituitary adenoma. The consequent increase in IGF1 (a GH-induced liver protein) is responsible for most clinical features and for the systemic complications associated with increased mortality. The clinical diagnosis, based on symptoms related to GH excess or the presence of a pituitary mass, is often delayed many years because of the slow progression of the disease. Initial testing relies on measuring the serum IGF1 concentration. The oral glucose tolerance test with concomitant GH measurement is the gold-standard diagnostic test. The therapeutic options for ACM are surgery, medical treatment, and radiotherapy (RT). The outcome of surgery is very good for microadenomas (80-90% cure rate), but at least half of the macroadenomas (most frequently encountered in ACM patients) are not cured surgically. Somatostatin analogs are mainly indicated after surgical failure. Currently their routine use as primary therapy is not recommended. Dopamine agonists are useful in a minority of cases. Pegvisomant is indicated for patients refractory to surgery and other medical treatments. RT is employed sparingly, in cases of persistent disease activity despite other treatments, due to its long-term side effects. With complex, combined treatment, at least three-quarters of the cases are controlled according to current criteria. With proper control of the disease, the specific complications are partially improved and the mortality rate is close to that of the background population.

  3. Review of current and emerging treatment options in acromegaly.

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    Muhammad, A; van der Lely, A J; Neggers, S J C M M

    2015-10-01

    In almost every patient, acromegaly is caused by a growth hormone secreting pituitary adenoma. Clinical features are the result of excessive growth hormone secretion and the consecutive excess in insulin-like growth factor I levels. This results in somatic overgrowth and metabolic disturbances with a higher morbidity and mortality than in the general population. With optimal disease management, mortality can be reduced to that seen in the general population. The current treatment of acromegaly is based on a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and medical therapy. This review provides an overview of the current and upcoming therapies with a focus on medical therapy.

  4. Diabetic ketoacidosis in a patient with acromegaly, a case report

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    2007-01-01

    Abstract Although impaired glucose tolerance affects 36% and overt diabetes mellitus can be seen in 30% of cases with acromegaly, diabetic ketoacidosis is rarely reported in patients with this disease. We present an unusual complication of acromegaly: a 22 year old woman with amenorrhea (6 month ago) and blurred vision of left eye (4 month ago) referred to Ghaem neurology clinic in Mashhad. With a growth hormone (GH) level of =100ng/ml, Insulin like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) =1560 ng/ml and pit...

  5. QT dispersion in patients with acromegaly.

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    Unubol, Mustafa; Eryilmaz, Ufuk; Guney, Engin; Ture, Mevlut; Akgullu, Cagdas

    2013-04-01

    Acromegaly is a rare condition caused by a pituitary adenoma that secretes growth hormone. The mortality rate is 72 % higher in patients with acromegaly than in the general population according to meta-analyses. Mortality analysis has shown as many as 60 % of acromegalic patients die due to cardiovascular disease. Sudden cardiac death may occur in patients with acromegaly and malignant ventricular arrhythmia may play an important role in this fatal complication; however, the precise mechanism is not fully known. QT dispersion (dQT) is an electrophysiological factor known to be associated with a tendency for ventricular arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death. This study aimed to evaluate dQT as an early predictor of ventricular tachyarrhythmia, as sudden cardiac death commonly occurs in acromegalic patients. This cross-sectional case-control study enrolled 20 patients (10 female and 10 male) with acromegaly and 20 healthy controls (11 female and 9 male) after exclusion criteria were applied. Each participant underwent 12-lead electrocardiography, including ≥3 QRS complexes, at a speed of 25 mm/s after a 15-min rest. In each participant, the QT interval (beginning of the Q wave to the end of the T wave) was corrected (QTc) for heart rate using Bazett's formula [Formula: see text] QTc dispersion (dQTc) (QTc max - QTc min) was also calculated. There was no significant difference in median dQTc between the acromegalic patients (0.79 s) and the controls (0.45 s) (p > 0.05). Active acromegalic patients (n = 14) were estimated to have a median dQTc of 0.82 s, after excluding from the analysis six patients that were under full biochemical control, and that had randomly obtained growth hormone levels acromegaly might have an elevated risk for ventricular arrhythmia. We think that a non-invasive, simple and inexpensive marker-measurement of dQT-as part of cardiac monitoring could be valuable for screening complications in acromegalic patients.

  6. Postoperative plasma cortisol levels predict long-term outcome in patients with Cushing's disease and determine which patients should be treated with pituitary irradiation after surgery

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    Imaki, Toshihiro; Tsushima, Toshio; Hizuka, Naomi; Odagiri, Emi; Murata, Yoji; Takano, Kazue [Tokyo Women' s Medical Univ. (Japan). Inst. of Clinical Endocrinology; Suda, Toshihiro

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    Transsphenoidal surgery is the treatment of choice for ACTH-producing pituitary adenoma (Cushing's disease) and pituitary irradiation is widely considered the most appropriate treatment for patients with Cushing's disease for whom transsphenoidal surgery has been unsuccessful. We studied 49 consecutive patients who underwent transsphenoidal surgery for the treatment of Cushing's disease at Tokyo Women's Medical University from 1977-1997 with a mean follow-up duration of 87.6 months (range, 24-253 months). We examined the relationship between postoperative endocrinological data, assessed between 3 and 8 weeks after surgery, and long-term outcome and efficacy of pituitary irradiation after surgery. Long-term remission was defined as the regression of the symptom and signs of Cushing's syndrome, and restoration of normal levels of plasma ACTH, cortisol and urinary free cortisol, together with adequate suppression of morning plasma cortisol levels following the administration of low dose (1 mg) of dexamethasone. Thirty patients had no additional treatment after pituitary surgery. Only 1 of 25 patients (4%) whose postoperative plasma cortisol level was less than 2 {mu}g/dl developed recurrent disease whereas 3 out of 5 patients with postoperative plasma cortisol levels higher than 2 {mu}g/dl relapsed. Postoperative external pituitary radiation was used to treat the remaining 19 patients. Four patients who received radiation therapy had a low or undetectable postoperative plasma cortisol level (<2 {mu}g/dl, 56 nmol/L) and all of these patients developed hypopituitarism whereas 5 patients with subnormal plasma cortisol levels (2.0-10.0 {mu}g/dl) remained in remission. Among 10 patients with persistent disease after surgery, 6 entered remission 6-47 months after irradiation but one of them subsequently relapsed after 108 months. These results suggest that additional therapy should be avoided in patients with a postoperative plasma cortisol less

  7. Pasireotide: a novel treatment for patients with acromegaly.

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    Cuevas-Ramos, Daniel; Fleseriu, Maria

    2016-01-01

    Morbidity and mortality rates in patients with active acromegaly are higher than the general population. Adequate biochemical control restores mortality to normal rates. Now, medical therapy has an increasingly important role in the treatment of patients with acromegaly. Somatostatin receptor ligands (SRLs) are considered the standard medical therapy, either after surgery or as a first-line therapy when surgery is deemed ineffective or is contraindicated. Overall, octreotide and lanreotide are first-generation SRLs and are effective in ~20%-70% of patients. Pegvisomant, a growth hormone receptor antagonist, controls insulin-like growth factor 1 in 65%-90% of cases. Consequently, a subset of patients (nonresponders) requires other treatment options. Drug combination therapy offers the potential for more efficacious disease control. However, the development of new medical therapies remains essential. Here, emphasis is placed on new medical therapies to control acromegaly. There is a focus on pasireotide long-acting release (LAR) (Signifor LAR®), which was approved in 2014 by the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicine Agency for the treatment of acromegaly. Pasireotide LAR is a long-acting somatostatin multireceptor ligand. In a Phase III clinical trial in patients with acromegaly (naïve to medical therapy or uncontrolled on a maximum dose of first-generation SRLs), 40 and 60 mg of intramuscular pasireotide LAR achieved better biochemical disease control than octreotide LAR, and tumor shrinkage was noted in both pasireotide groups. Pasireotide LAR tolerability was similar to other SRLs, except for a greater frequency and degree of hyperglycemia and diabetes mellitus. Baseline glucose may predict hyperglycemia occurrence after treatment, and careful monitoring of glycemic status and appropriate treatment is required. A precise definition of patients with acromegaly who will derive the greatest therapeutic benefit from pasireotide LAR remains to be

  8. Medical consequences of acromegaly: what are the effects of biochemical control?

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    Colao, Annamaria; Auriemma, Renata S; Pivonello, Rosario; Galdiero, Mariano; Lombardi, Gaetano

    2008-03-01

    This chapter discusses the effects of biochemical control of acromegaly on cardiovascular diseases, metabolic complications, respiratory abnormalities, malignancies and bone alterations. Acromegaly is associated with increased morbidity and mortality for cardiovascular and respiratory complications, whereas neoplasms seem to be a minor cause of increased risk of death. Other associated diseases are osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fatigue, visual abnormalities and reproductive disorders. Acromegaly results in premature death because of prolonged elevation of GH an IGF-I levels, and a strong biochemical control improves well-being and restores life expectancy to normal. The main goals of medical treatment of acromegaly include normalization of biochemical markers of disease activity, improvement in signs and symptoms of the disease, removal or reduction of tumor mass and preservation of pituitary function.

  9. Cardiovascular System Changes and Related Risk Factors in Acromegaly Patients: A Case-Control Study

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    Xiaopeng Guo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Cardiovascular complications are known to be the main determinants of reduced life expectancy and decreased quality of life in acromegaly patients. Our study aimed to provide insight into the cardiovascular changes that occur in acromegaly patients and to investigate the correlative risk factors. Methods. A total of 108 patients definitively diagnosed with acromegaly and 108 controls matched for age and gender were recruited into study and control groups, respectively. Standard echocardiography was performed on all of the participants, and data were collected and analyzed. Results. All acromegaly patients presented with structural cardiac changes, including a larger heart cavity, thicker myocardial walls, and increased great vessel diameters compared with the control group. Additionally, the acromegaly patients presented with reduced diastolic function. Aging and increased body mass index (BMI were correlated with myocardial hypertrophy and diastolic dysfunction; a longer disease duration was correlated with larger great vessel diameters. Conclusions. Ageing and increased BMI are independent risk factors for acromegalic cardiomyopathy, and a long disease duration results in the expansion of great vessels. Increased efforts should be made to diagnose acromegaly at an early stage and to advise acromegaly patients to maintain a healthy weight.

  10. Cardiovascular System Changes and Related Risk Factors in Acromegaly Patients: A Case-Control Study.

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    Guo, Xiaopeng; Gao, Lu; Zhang, Shuo; Li, Yilin; Wu, Yue; Fang, Ligang; Deng, Kan; Yao, Yong; Lian, Wei; Wang, Renzhi; Xing, Bing

    2015-01-01

    Background. Cardiovascular complications are known to be the main determinants of reduced life expectancy and decreased quality of life in acromegaly patients. Our study aimed to provide insight into the cardiovascular changes that occur in acromegaly patients and to investigate the correlative risk factors. Methods. A total of 108 patients definitively diagnosed with acromegaly and 108 controls matched for age and gender were recruited into study and control groups, respectively. Standard echocardiography was performed on all of the participants, and data were collected and analyzed. Results. All acromegaly patients presented with structural cardiac changes, including a larger heart cavity, thicker myocardial walls, and increased great vessel diameters compared with the control group. Additionally, the acromegaly patients presented with reduced diastolic function. Aging and increased body mass index (BMI) were correlated with myocardial hypertrophy and diastolic dysfunction; a longer disease duration was correlated with larger great vessel diameters. Conclusions. Ageing and increased BMI are independent risk factors for acromegalic cardiomyopathy, and a long disease duration results in the expansion of great vessels. Increased efforts should be made to diagnose acromegaly at an early stage and to advise acromegaly patients to maintain a healthy weight.

  11. Guías para el diagnóstico y tratamiento de acromegalia, prolactinomas y enfermedad de Cushing

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    Chen-Ku Chih Hao

    2004-10-01

    (acromegaly and ACTH (Cushing’s disease. There are different opinions about the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases. We present here the guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of these tumors made by the Costa Rican Association of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition. The main cause of acromegaly is a pituitary tumor that produces growth hormone. The diagnosis is usually made several years after the disease has started because the physical changes occur very slowly. The initial treatment should be surgery and when it fails, medical therapy with octreotide is the main choice. Radiotherapy can be used although it is limited by the long time it takes to start its effect. If there is hyperprolactinemia, other causes of prolactin elevation should be ruled out. If a prolactinoma is identified, the treatment almost always will be with dopamine agonists. Surgery should be performed only in macroprolactinomas with visual field changes that do not shrink with medical treatment. The first choice for medical treatment will be bromocriptine although there are other agents like cabergoline and quinagolide. In Cushing´s disease, there are different tests for screening for hypercortisolism, after which a confirmatory test should be performed. Initial treatment should be surgery followed by radiotherapy. In these cases, medical treatment is less effective than in other pituitary tumors.

  12. [Cardiological findings in acromegaly].

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    Ferramosca, B; Bianchi, D; Serra, D; Savini, R; Villecco, A S; Bugiardini, R

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    Acromegaly involves cardiovascular complications mostly due to the presence of hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis. However the appearance of cardiac decompensation and arrhythmias in the absence of predisposing factors tends to support the hypothesis of a specific myocardiopathy caused by excess GH. In order to assess the existence and course of subclinical cardiac alterations, 8 acromegaly patients were examined: 4 males and 4 females aged 31-56 with GH levels of 24-70 ng/ml (M + CD X 47 +/- 16) and no cardiovascular symptoms. One of the patients had moderate hypertension and 2 reduced glucose tolerance. The basal ECG showed sporadic ventricular extrasystoles in 2 cases and alterations compatible with left ventricular hypertrophy in another, while the effort ECG produced an asymptomatic depression of the ST segment in the hypertensive patient. The chest X-ray was normal in all cases. The echocardiography study investigated: the thickness of the interventricular septum (IVS = 13.9 +/- 2.8 mm), the thickness of the posterior wall of the left ventricle (LPW = 10.6 +/- 2.9 mm), the septum/posterior wall ratio (IVS/LPW = 1.3 +/- 0.2 the diastolic diameter (DD = 15.4 +/- 11.4 mm), the fraction of shortening (FS = 39.1 +/- 14.5%), the ejection fraction (EF = 64.1 +/- 18.4%) and revealed asymmetrical septal hypertrophy in 3 cases, concentric hypertrophy in another two. In two cases the DD and EF were distinctly altered. The patients were re-examined 2-4 years after surgical or radiation treatment. GH levels (M +/- SD = 10.3 +/- 10.1 ng/ml) were normal in 4 cases and still high, though lower in another two. The remaining two patients had borderline GH levels with high Sm-C. The ECG and chest X-ray were unchanged while echocardiography revealed a significant deterioration in heart function as far as DD (56.4 +/- 10.8 mm, p less than 0.05) were concerned with frankly pathological results in 4 and 3 cases respectively. These data confirm the view that most acromegalic

  13. The role of an acute pasireotide suppression test in predicting response to treatment in patients with Cushing's disease: findings from a pilot study.

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    Trementino, L; Zilio, M; Marcelli, G; Michetti, G; Barbot, M; Ceccato, F; Boscaro, M; Scaroni, C; Arnaldi, G

    2015-09-01

    Pasireotide is a multireceptor-targeted somatostatin analog effective in the treatment of Cushing's disease (CD). We evaluate the value of an acute pasireotide suppression test (PST) in predicting response to medium/long-term treatment in CD. Nineteen patients with active CD were prospectively investigated at two referral centers from May 2013 to August 2014. Follow-up data (median 6 months; range 1-9 months) were available for sixteen patients. All patients received at 09:00 h a single subcutaneous (sc) injection of 600 μg pasireotide. Serum cortisol and plasma ACTH were assessed before, and every 2 h for 8 h after, drug administration. Late-night salivary cortisol (LNSC) was assessed before and after pasireotide administration. After acute PST, all patients were continued on pasireotide 600 μg sc twice a day. During PST, cortisol and ACTH levels quickly decreased in all patients except one with a mean percentage fall, respectively, of 48.9 ± 24.3 and 48.1 ± 25.4 % compared to baseline. LNSC decreased in about 82 % of patients (14/17) achieving a normalization in five of them. Pasireotide treatment was associated with a normalization of 24-h urinary-free cortisol at last follow-up in about 68 % of patients. A fall >27 % of LNSC during PST calculated by ROC curve was the best parameter in predicting a positive response to treatment with pasireotide (sensitivity 91 %; specificity 100 %; positive predictive value 100 %; negative predictive value 75 %). Acute PST may be useful to identify CD patients who will benefit from pasireotide treatment. A LNSC fall >27 % as well as a LNSC normalization during PST is associated with a probability of 100 % of achieving a favorable response to pasireotide treatment in the medium/long term.

  14. Long term follow-up of Cushing's disease treated with reserpine and pituitary irradiation followed by subtotal adrenalectomy

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    Murayama, Masanori; Yasuda, Keigo; Minamori, Yoshiaki; Mercado-Asis, L.B.; Morita, Hiroyuki; Miura, Kiyoshi (Gifu Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine); Yamakita, Noriyoshi

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    Subtotal adrenalectomy was given to 10 adult patients with Cushing's disease, concurrently with or following therapeutic regimen by long term reserpine administration and pituitary irradiation. In the present study, we describe long term follow-up results. Two patients died after the operation due to acute adrenal crisis and pneumonia, respectively. The other 8 patients achieved clinical and biochemical remissions and were followed for long term. Three patients relapsed 9, 14 or 17 years after achieving remission, two patients developed hypopituitarism 12 or 20 years after and one died of cerebral vascular accident at 64 years, 5 years after the remission. The remaining 2 patients maintained remission for 10 or 18 years, respectively. During the remission periods of 0.5 to 20 years with a mean of 10.1[+-]6.7 years, 6 of 7 patients examined by 1 mg overnight dexamethasone test showed normal suppressibility of plasma cortisol. Provocative tests of plasma GH by 1-arginine infusion and/or insulin-induced hypoglycemia were performed in 6 patients in the early remission period. All of 5 patients in the arginine infusion test and 3 of 5 in the insulin-induced hypoglycemia test showed normal responses. Furthermore, to facilitate prediction of long term response or failure to our therapeutic regimen, long term reserpine administration and pituitary irradiation, pretreatment clinical and biochemical characteristics were analyzed retrospectively in 3 divided groups; the present 10 patients treated with reserpine and pituitary irradiation followed by subtotal adrenalectomy, 11 patients achieving long term remission treated by our regimen alone, and 7 patients failed with our regimen alone. There were no significant factors predictive of response to our regimen. (author).

  15. Harvey Cushing's case series of trigeminal neuralgia at the Johns Hopkins Hospital: a surgeon's quest to advance the treatment of the 'suicide disease'.

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    Adams, H.; Pendleton, C.; Latimer, K.; Cohen-Gadol, A.A.; Carson, B.S.; Quinones-Hinojosa, A.

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: A review of Dr. Harvey Cushing's surgical cases at the Johns Hopkins Hospital provided insight into his early work on trigeminal neuralgia (TN). There was perhaps no other affliction that captured his attention in the way that TN did, and he built a remarkable legacy of successful treatm

  16. Diabetic ketoacidosis in a patient with acromegaly

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    Kopff, B; Mucha, S; Wolffenbuttel, B H; Drzewoski, J

    2001-01-01

    Abnormalities of glucose metabolism are a common feature of acromegaly. Overt diabetes mellitus develops in about 10-15% of patients. We present an unusual complication of acromegaly: a 37-year old man with a 2-year history of acromegaly developed diabetic ketoacidosis 3 weeks after transsphenoidal

  17. A case of acromegaly.

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    Siddiqui, N I; Chowdhury, K S; Rahman, S; Sarker, C B; Rahman, K M

    2003-01-01

    A fifty years old woman hailing from Purbadhala of Netrokona district complaining of gradual enlargement of hands, feet, nose and other acral parts of the body for about last eight years. She noticed coarsening of the skin and gradual protrusion of her lower jaw. She complained of headache, vertigo, frequent passage of urine, increased thirst, weight loss and fatiguability. She was found hypertensive having blood pressure 200/110 mm of Hg. Her appearance was coarse with rough skin. There were enlargement of hands, feet, nose, lower jaw with prognathism and enlargement of other acral parts. Investigations revealed high plasma glucose level, both fasting and 2 hrs. after glucose, high level of growth hormone, failure of suppression of growth hormone during OGTT. Thyroid function tests of the patient were found normal with increased heel pad size and enlarged sella turcica in all diameters. She was diagnosed as a case of acromegaly due to growth hormone hypersecretion.

  18. Neuromuscular complications of acromegaly.

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    Pickett, J B; Layzer, R B; Levin, S R; Scheider, V; Campbell, M J; Sumner, A J

    1975-07-01

    Seventeen consecutive acromegalic patients were evaluated for evidence of neuromuscular dysfunction and followed for 1 year after hypophysectomy. Before treatment, four patients had both a myopathy and the carpal tunnel syndrome, five had myopathy alone, four had carpal tunnel syndrome alone, and four had neither. The myopathy was caracterized by mild, strictly promixal weakness and flabbiness of muscles; electromyography revealed typical myopathic abnormalities, but serum enzymes and muscle biopsy usually were normal. The presence of myopathy or the carpal tunnel syndrrome could not be correlated with the magnitude of growth hormone elevation or any secondary endocrine derangement, but myopathy was associated with a longer duration of acromegaly. Carpal tunnel symptoms usually improved in the first 6 weeks after hypophysectomy, while myopathy improved more slowly and sometimes was detectable 1 year later.

  19. Clinical importance of achieving biochemical control with medical therapy in adult patients with acromegaly

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    Christofides, Elena A

    2016-01-01

    In acromegaly, achieving biochemical control (growth hormone [GH] level acromegaly is challenging because it is rooted in observing subtle clinical manifestations, and it is typical for acromegaly to evolve for up to 10 years before it is recognized. This results in chronic exposure to elevated levels of GH and IGF-1 and delay in patients receiving appropriate treatment, which consequently increases mortality risk. In this review, the clinical impact of elevated GH and IGF-1 levels, the effectiveness of current therapies, and the potential role of novel treatments for acromegaly will be discussed. Clinical burden of acromegaly and benefits associated with management of GH and IGF-1 levels will be reviewed. Major treatment paradigms in acromegaly include surgery, medical therapy, and radiotherapy. With medical therapies, such as somatostatin analogs, dopamine agonists, and GH receptor antagonists, a substantial proportion of patients achieve reduced GH and normalized IGF-1 levels. In addition, signs and symptoms, quality of life, and comorbidities have also been reported to improve to varying degrees in patients who achieve biochemical control. Currently, there are several innovative therapies in development to improve patient outcomes, patient use, and access. Timely biochemical control of acromegaly ensures that the patient can ultimately improve morbidity and mortality from this disease and its extensive consequences. PMID:27471378

  20. [Cushing's syndrome: review of a national caseload].

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    Contreras, P; Araya, V

    1995-03-01

    experienced 3 recurrences of the syndrome even after 8 years of successful removal of the pituitary adenoma. The remainder had to be cured by bilateral adrenalectomy. Seven out of 39 patients with Cushing's disease (18%) ultimately died for a variety of reasons; six out of 6 patients (100%) with adrenal carcinoma died of dissemination; two out of 2 adrenal adenomas cured and 1 out of the 3 ectopic ACTH syndromes died of dissemination of a malignant thymic carcinoma. We conclude that Cushing's syndrome is a serious, underdiagnosed disorder, which should be suspected and diagnosed by the non specialized physician and then referred to a specialized center for expert etiologic diagnosis and surgical therapy.

  1. Treatment Factors That Influence Mortality in Acromegaly.

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    McCabe, John; Ayuk, John; Sherlock, Mark

    2016-01-01

    Acromegaly is a rare condition characterized by excessive secretion of growth hormone (GH), which is almost always due to a pituitary adenoma. Acromegaly is associated with significant morbidity such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiomyopathy, obstructive sleep apnoea, malignancy and musculoskeletal abnormalities. Acromegaly has also been associated with increased mortality in several retrospective studies. This review will focus on the epidemiological data relating to mortality rates in acromegaly, the relationship between acromegaly and malignancy, the role of GH and insulin-like growth factor-I in assessing the risk of future mortality, and the impact of radiotherapy and hypopituitarism on mortality.

  2. Cushing syndrome due to adrenal tumor

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    Adrenal tumor - Cushing syndrome ... Cushing syndrome is a disorder that occurs when your body has a higher than normal level of the ... or cancerous (malignant). Noncancerous tumors that can cause ... Adrenal adenomas Micronodular hyperplasia Cancerous tumors that ...

  3. Musculoskeletal complications of acromegaly: what radiologists should know about early manifestations.

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    Tagliafico, A; Resmini, E; Ferone, D; Martinoli, C

    2011-08-01

    The purpose of this article is to summarise the early musculoskeletal complications of acromegaly. Some of the early signs of acromegaly may be evaluated by the musculoskeletal radiologist. In the early stage of disease, peripheral nerve enlargement associated with carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome and thickening of retinacula, such as A1 pulley in trigger finger, represent the features that may be seen by radiologists and are worthy of an endocrinological evaluation. Due to the insidious nature of the disease, the diagnosis of acromegaly is significantly delayed. Few and nonspecific symptoms characterise the initial phases of the disease, and therefore, most patients will have generally consulted many specialists (most frequently musculoskeletal radiologists) before an adequate endocrinological assessment is performed. For this reason, initial clinical signs are much more important than symptoms for an early diagnosis of acromegaly. The first and most important therapeutic approach to acromegaly is early diagnosis, whereas the therapeutic goals are to eliminate morbidity and reduce mortality to the expected age- and sex-adjusted rates and prevent the development of systemic complications. Musculoskeletal radiologists should be aware that these features may be early manifestations of acromegaly. When both radiological and clinical abnormalities are present, an endocrinological workup is useful to diagnose the disease in an early phase.

  4. Carpal tunnel syndrome and acromegaly.

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    Baum, H; Lüdecke, D K; Herrmann, H D

    1986-01-01

    50 patients with acromegaly and carpal tunnel syndrome have been examined electrophysiologically before and after transnasal operation of the pituitary adenoma. 32 of the 50 patients (64%) had symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. 13 of them had neurological deficits. 28 of the examined patients had pathological neurographical findings only. About 1 week post-operatively DL was decreased in 43%; in 10 out of 13 patients with neurological deficits DL decreased. GH was normalized in 80% and reduced to 5-10 micrograms/l in a further 10%. The investigation did not show whether the carpal tunnel syndrome only depended on a GH increase or on other factors also such as e.g., on the duration of symptoms or tissue changes. None of the patients had the transversal carpal ligament operated on. The coincidence between acromegaly and carpal tunnel syndrome was 64%. In 3 cases the carpal tunnel syndrome was the leading sign to the diagnosis of acromegaly.

  5. Cyclic Cushing's syndrome: an overview.

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    Albiger, Nora Maria Elvira; Scaroni, Carla M; Mantero, Franco

    2007-11-01

    Cyclic Cushing's syndrome (CS) is a disorder in which glucocorticoid levels are alternately normal and high, the latter occurring in episodes that can last from a few days to several months. It is more common in children than in adults. Cyclic CS may be either of the two different forms of CS (ACTH-dependent or -independent CS). Clinically, it may present with one or many symptoms, depending on the duration of disease activity and the timing of the fluctuations. A serotoninergic influence, cyclic changes in central dopaminergic tone, spontaneous episodic hemorrhage in the tumor, and the action of inflammatory cytokines with antitumor properties are some of the mechanisms suggested to explain the physiopathology of this phenomenon but the exact mechanism remains to be clarified. The cyclic pattern of hypercortisolism can delay the final diagnosis of CS and make it difficult to interpret the results of dynamic tests. Patients may have paradoxical responses to dexamethasone that can reflect increasing or decreasing levels of endogenous activity. Hormone assessments have to be repeated periodically when a diagnosis of CS is suspected. The cyclic pattern can also interfere with medical treatment because patients may show unexpected clinical and biochemical signs of hypocortisolism when cortisol secretion cyclically returns to normal, so an accurate follow-up is mandatory in these patients.

  6. Challenges in the diagnosis and management of acromegaly: a focus on comorbidities

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    Abreu, Alin; Tovar, Alejandro Pinzón; Castellanos, Rafael; Valenzuela, Alex; Giraldo, Claudia Milena Gómez; Pinedo, Alejandro Castellanos; Guerrero, Doly Pantoja; Barrera, Carlos Alfonso Builes; Franco, Humberto Ignacio; Ribeiro-Oliveira, Antônio; VILAR, Lucio; Jallad, Raquel S.; Duarte, Felipe Gaia; Gadelha, Mônica; Boguszewski, Cesar Luiz

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    Introduction Acromegaly is a rare, insidious disease resulting from the overproduction of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), and is associated with a range of comorbidities. The extent of associated complications and mortality risk is related to length of exposure to the excess GH and IGF-1, thus early diagnosis and treatment is imperative. Unfortunately, acromegaly is often diagnosed late, when patients already have a wide range of comorbidities. The presence of co...

  7. Cushing's syndrome: why is diagnosis so difficult?

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    Aron, David C

    2010-06-01

    Practicing and perfecting the art of medicine demands recognition that uncertainty permeates all clinical decisions. When delivering clinical care, clinicians face a multiplicity of potential diagnoses, limitations in diagnostic capacity, and "sub-clinical" disease identified by tests rather than by clinical manifestations. In addition, clinicians must recognize the rapid changes in scientific knowledge needed to guide decisions. Cushing's syndrome is one of several disorders in which there may be considerable difficulty and delay in diagnosis. This article describes a current model of clinical reasoning, some of its challenges, and the application of the principles of clinical epidemiology to meet some of those challenges.

  8. Gender and magnetic resonance imaging classification-related differences in clinical and biochemical characteristics of Cushing's disease: a single-centre study

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    Chen Yufan; Mei Xiaobo; Jian Fangfang; Ma Qinyun; Chen Xiao; Bian Liuguan; Sun Qingfang

    2014-01-01

    Background Cushing's disease (CD) presents a remarkable preponderance in female gender,and a significant minority of patients with CD presented with negative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings.The aim of this study was to evaluate gender-related and MRI classification-related differences in clinical and biochemical characteristics of CD.Methods We retrospectively studied 169 patients with CD,comprising 132 females and 37 males,and 33 patients had no visible adenoma on MRI.Results We observed that male and MRI-positive patients presented with high adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) values (P <0.05).Female patients presented with higher prevalence of hirsutism and hyperpigmentation and lower prevalence of purple striae (P <0.05).The prevalence of buffalo-hump and hypertension was greater in MRI-negative patients (P <0.05).In addition,male patients with CD presented at a younger age compared with females (P <0.05).Patients with fatigue and hypokalaemia presented significantly higher urinary-free cortisol,ACTH and cortisol levels compared with patients without these symptoms (P <0.05).The prevalence of LH reduction,hyper total cholesterol (TC) and hyper low-density lipoprotein was more frequent in MRI-positive patients (P <0.05).Hyper-TC levels and PRL reduction were more frequent in males (P <0.05).T3,T4 and FT3 levels negatively correlated with age at diagnosis (r=-0.310,P <0.01; r=-0.191,P <0.05; r=-0.216,P <0.05).T3,T4,FT3 and FT4 levels significantly negatively correlated with 8-am plasma cortisol levels (r=-0.328,P <0.01; r=-0.195,P <0.05; r=-0.333,P <0.01; r=-0.180,P <0.05).Females presented higher total protein level (P <0.01) and lower blood urea nitrogen and serum creatinine levels (P <0.01),compared with male patients.Conclusions Carefulness and caution are required in all patients with CD,because of the complexity of clinical and biochemical characteristics in CD patients of different gender and MRI classification

  9. Patients with Acromegaly Presenting with Colon Cancer: A Case Series

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    Full Text Available Introduction. Frequent colonoscopy screenings are critical for early diagnosis of colon cancer in patients with acromegaly. Case Presentations. We performed a retrospective analysis of the incidental diagnoses of colon cancer from the ACCESS trial (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01995734. Colon cancer was identified in 2 patients (4.5%. Case  1 patient was a 36-year-old male with acromegaly who underwent transsphenoidal surgery to remove the pituitary adenoma. After surgery, the patient underwent routine colonoscopy screening, which revealed a 40 mm tubular adenoma in the descending colon. A T1N1a carcinoma was surgically removed, and 1 of 22 lymph nodes was positive for metastatic disease, leading to a diagnosis of stage 3 colon cancer. Case  2 patient was a 50-year-old male with acromegaly who underwent transsphenoidal surgery to remove a 2 cm pituitary adenoma. The patient reported severe cramping and lower abdominal pain, and an invasive 8.1 cm3 grade 2 adenocarcinoma with signet rings was identified in the ascending colon and removed. Of the 37 lymph nodes, 34 were positive for the presence of tumor cells, and stage 3c colon cancer was confirmed. Conclusion. Current guidelines for colonoscopy screening at the time of diagnosis of acromegaly and at appropriate follow-up intervals should be followed.

  10. Patients with Acromegaly Presenting with Colon Cancer: A Case Series

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    Nakhle, Samer; Ludlam, William H.

    2016-01-01

    Introduction. Frequent colonoscopy screenings are critical for early diagnosis of colon cancer in patients with acromegaly. Case Presentations. We performed a retrospective analysis of the incidental diagnoses of colon cancer from the ACCESS trial (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01995734). Colon cancer was identified in 2 patients (4.5%). Case  1 patient was a 36-year-old male with acromegaly who underwent transsphenoidal surgery to remove the pituitary adenoma. After surgery, the patient underwent routine colonoscopy screening, which revealed a 40 mm tubular adenoma in the descending colon. A T1N1a carcinoma was surgically removed, and 1 of 22 lymph nodes was positive for metastatic disease, leading to a diagnosis of stage 3 colon cancer. Case  2 patient was a 50-year-old male with acromegaly who underwent transsphenoidal surgery to remove a 2 cm pituitary adenoma. The patient reported severe cramping and lower abdominal pain, and an invasive 8.1 cm3 grade 2 adenocarcinoma with signet rings was identified in the ascending colon and removed. Of the 37 lymph nodes, 34 were positive for the presence of tumor cells, and stage 3c colon cancer was confirmed. Conclusion. Current guidelines for colonoscopy screening at the time of diagnosis of acromegaly and at appropriate follow-up intervals should be followed. PMID:28025627

  11. Neurosurgical Treatment of Acromegaly.

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    Buchfelder, Michael; Feulner, Julian

    2016-01-01

    Surgical removal of as much tumor mass as possible is usually considered the first step of treatment in acromegaly, unless the patients are unfit for surgery or refuse an operation. To date, in almost all cases, minimally invasive, transsphenoidal microscopic or endoscopic approaches are used. Whether a curative approach is feasible or a debulking procedure is planned, can be anticipated on the basis of preoperative magnetic resonance imaging. It mostly depends on localization, size, and the invasive character of the lesion. The surgical results depend on tumor-related factors such as size, extension, the presence or absence of invasion, and the magnitude of IGF-1 and growth hormone oversecretion, respectively. However, even surgeon-related factors such as experience and case load of the centers have been shown to strongly affect surgical results and complication rates. A reoperation can be considered at various stages in the treatment algorithm. There are several new technical gadgets which might aid in the surgical procedure: navigation, the Doppler probe, and variants of intraoperative imaging.

  12. Coagulopathy in Cushing's syndrome.

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    Trementino, Laura; Arnaldi, Giorgio; Appolloni, Gloria; Daidone, Viviana; Scaroni, Carla; Casonato, Alessandra; Boscaro, Marco

    2010-01-01

    A hypercoagulable state and its consequent increased incidence of thromboembolic complications are reported in patients with Cushing's syndrome (CS). These alterations are related to cortisol excess that induces prothrombotic changes in blood by several and complex mechanisms including increased levels of clotting factors, mainly factor VIII and von Willebrand factor (VWF) and impaired fibrinolytic capacity. However, it has recently been observed that the increase in VWF levels is not a constant feature of CS and that VWF response to glucocorticoids is genetically determined and depends on the presence of particular polymorphisms in the VWF gene promoter. The risk of venous thromboembolism is moreover enhanced in patients with CS by additional endogenous and exogenous risk factors such as obesity, bed rest, surgery and invasive diagnostic procedures like inferior petrosal sinus (IPS) sampling. In line with all these data, patients with active CS should be treated as having a prothrombotic disorder and undergo antithrombotic prophylaxis during IPS sampling. Special care should be taken in the immediate perioperative period in order to avoid thromboembolic events. In the absence of prospective randomized trials, preventive antithrombotic treatment (best with heparin) during IPS sampling and low-dose heparin treatment early after surgery should be suggested.

  13. Evaluation of left ventricular diastolic function according to new criteria and determinants in acromegaly.

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    Akdeniz, Bahri; Gedik, Arzu; Turan, Onur; Ozpelit, Ebru; Ikiz, Ahmet Omer; Itil, Oya; Badak, Ozer; Baris, Nezihi; Cömlekçi, Abdurrahman

    2012-01-01

    Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) develops in the early stages of acromegaly. The purpose of this study was to identify LVDD analyzing by new echocardiograpic criteria as well as to evaluate determinants of the LVDD in acromegaly. This cross-sectional study examined 42 patients with acromegaly; 16 in active disease (AA) and 26 cured/ well controlled (CA), and compared them with 30 healthy controls (CG). Ventricular systolic and diastolic functions were studied by conventional and tissue Doppler imaging based on the E/Em ratio and myocardial performance index (MPI). Other clinical parameters possibly contributing to LVDD in acromegaly were also investigated. The prevalence of LV hypertrophy (33%) and LVDD (35.7%) were increased in acromegaly, however, there were no differences between the AA and CA groups. Acromegalic patients had higher LV volumes and LV mass, and septal E/Em ratio compared to CG, whereas LV ejection fraction and MPI were not different. The presence of acromegaly (r = 0.29, P = 0.013), diabetes mellitus (DM) (r = 0.41, P < 0.001), hypertension (r = 0.35, P = 0.002), and sleep apnea (r = 0.56, P = 0.003) were found to be correlated with LVDD, whereas duration and activity of acromegaly were not. In regression analysis, advanced age (OR: 8.53, P = 0.006) and DM (OR: 25.9, P = 0.007) were found to be independent risk factors for LVDD. The risk of LVDD according to new criteria increases in acromegaly. However, it seems to be related to the presence of DM and advanced age and is independent of disease duration and activity.

  14. Patient perspectives on the impact of acromegaly: results from individual and group interviews

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    Gurel MH

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    Full Text Available Michelle H Gurel,1 Paul R Bruening,2 Christine Rhodes,2 Kathleen G Lomax31Neuroendocrine Clinical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA; 2Nicholas Research Associates International, New York, NY, USA; 3Medical Affairs, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., Basking Ridge, NJ, USAPurpose: Acromegaly is a chronic condition resulting from a growth hormone-secreting pituitary tumor that can substantially impact patients' physical and emotional well-being. We sought to understand the impact of acromegaly on disease-related concerns and treatment choices from the patient perspective. The path to diagnosis, current disease management, interactions with the treating health care providers (HCPs, and support networks were also assessed.Methods: Acromegaly patients were recruited primarily from a patient support group (Acromegaly Community. In Phase I, ten patients participated over the course of 5 days in a moderated online discussion board and they answered questions about their disease. In Phase II, a separate nine-patient cohort participated in face-to-face interviews conducted during an acromegaly patient conference. Data were summarized qualitatively by grouping similar answers and quotations.Results: Nineteen acromegaly patients were recruited across the two cohorts, and both groups shared similar concerns. They demonstrated a notable interest in understanding their disease and its treatment. Patients were focused on the impact of the disease on their life, and they expressed a desire to get beyond reminders of their disease. The patients described long journeys to a correct diagnosis and relief at having a name for their condition. Many shared a sense of shock at needing pituitary surgery and felt unsatisfied by the treatment decision process, motivating them to discuss it with other patients. Patients not connected to a patient support group reported feeling helpless and lonely. Most patients shared a desire to improve their general

  15. Systemic complications of acromegaly: epidemiology, pathogenesis, and management.

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    Colao, Annamaria; Ferone, Diego; Marzullo, Paolo; Lombardi, Gaetano

    2004-02-01

    This review focuses on the systemic complications of acromegaly. Mortality in this disease is increased mostly because of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, although currently neoplastic complications have been questioned as a relevant cause of increased risk of death. Biventricular hypertrophy, occurring independently of hypertension and metabolic complications, is the most frequent cardiac complication. Diastolic and systolic dysfunction develops along with disease duration; and other cardiac disorders, such as arrhythmias, valve disease, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and endothelial dysfunction, are also common in acromegaly. Control of acromegaly by surgery or pharmacotherapy, especially somatostatin analogs, improves cardiovascular morbidity. Respiratory disorders, sleep apnea, and ventilatory dysfunction are also important contributors in increasing mortality and are advantageously benefitted by controlling GH and IGF-I hypersecretion. An increased risk of colonic polyps, which more frequently recur in patients not controlled after treatment, has been reported by several independent investigations, although malignancies in other organs have also been described, but less convincingly than at the gastrointestinal level. Finally, the most important cause of morbidity and functional disability of the disease is arthropathy, which can be reversed at an initial stage, but not if the disease is left untreated for several years.

  16. Clinical Manifestations and Diagnosis of Acromegaly

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    Gloria Lugo; Lara Pena; Fernando Cordido

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    Acromegaly and gigantism are due to excess GH production, usually as a result of a pituitary adenoma. The incidence of acromegaly is 5 cases per million per year and the prevalence is 60 cases per million. Clinical manifestations in each patient depend on the levels of GH and IGF-I, age, tumor size, and the delay in diagnosis. Manifestations of acromegaly are varied and include acral and soft tissue overgrowth, joint pain, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and heart and respiratory failure. Ac...

  17. Megaduodenum in a patient with acromegaly

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    Belinda George; Vinay, D; J Moolechery; Mathew, V; Anantharaman, R.; Ayyar, V; Bantwal, G

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    Introduction: Acromegaly is associated with enlargement of all organs including the gastro intestinal system. However, there are no previous reports of occurrence of megaduodenum in patients with acromegaly. Discussion: We present the case of a 47 year old male who was diagnosed to have acromegaly 13 years ago and had undergone transsphenoidal surgery twice with incomplete removal of the pituitary macro-adenoma and received radiotherapy following the second surgery. Patient has been on replac...

  18. Treatments, complications, and healthcare utilization associated with acromegaly: a study in two large United States databases.

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    Broder, M S; Neary, M P; Chang, E; Cherepanov, D; Katznelson, L

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    The economic burden of acromegaly in the US has been largely unknown. We describe the prevalence of treatment patterns, complication rates, and associated healthcare utilization and costs of acromegaly in the US. Patients were identified between 1/1/2002 and 12/31/2009 in claims databases. During 1-year after each continuously-enrolled patient's first acromegaly claim, pharmacy and medical claims were used to estimate outcomes. Regression models were used to adjust outcomes. There were 2,171 acromegaly patients (mean age: 45.3 years; 49.7% female); 77.8% received the majority of their care from non-endocrinologists. Pharmacologic treatment was used by 30.8% of patients: octreotide-LAR in 18.6%, dopamine agonists in 9.8%, short-acting octreotide in 4.7%, pegvisomant in 4.1%, and lanreotide in 1.2%; 56% had biochemical monitoring. Comorbidities were common, ranging from 6.6% (colon neoplasms) to 25.6% (musculoskeletal abnormalities). Mean healthcare costs were $24,900. Adjusted analyses indicated comorbidities increased the odds of hospitalization: by 76% for musculoskeletal abnormalities; 193% for cardiovascular abnormalities; and 56% for sleep apnea (p acromegaly patients. Cardiovascular complications nearly tripled the odds of hospitalization (OR 2.93) and increased annual mean cost by $13,331. Adequate management of this disease may be able to reduce health care utilization and cost associated with these complications and with acromegaly in general.

  19. Patients' experience of nursing with Acromegaly

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    Jensen, Jonna Gintberg; Høi, Henriette Brahe

    for participation. An Interview guide was used, and interviews were conducted until data saturation was achieved. Interviews were recorded, and transcription was performed by the researcher. The patients’ statements were categorized by Eriksson's disease, care and life disorders and the three operational levels...... from Kvale’s analysis model were used. The research project's most spectacular findings were that: 1 ) The patients didn’t experience that caregivers had knowledge of the disease and symptoms 2 ) Other patients with Acromegaly were an important source of information 3) Being a teaching object...... for junior doctors was informative educational. Subsequently various initiatives were undertaken to optimize nursing. Among other things, hiring a specialist chief nurse, an informative theme evening for the staff, preparation of a short-term record for documentation, endocrinology training program...

  20. Genetics Home Reference: Cushing disease

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    ... neurological problems, irregular menstruation in women, and slow growth in children. The overactive adrenal glands that produce cortisol may also produce increased amounts of male sex hormones (androgens), leading to hirsutism in females. The effect ...

  1. Use of adrenal arterial embolization in severe ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome.

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    Blunt, S B; Pirmohamed, M.; Chatterjee, V K; Burrin, J. M.; Allison, D J; Joplin, G. F.

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    The management of a patient with severe Cushing's syndrome due to ectopic ACTH produced by a medullary carcinoma of the thyroid is described. Initial treatment with maximal adrenolytic medical therapy and two attempts at bilateral adrenal venous infarction had failed to control the disease, and she was at that time unfit for surgery. Subsequent use of bilateral adrenal arterial embolization enabled medical therapy to produce sufficient control of the Cushing's syndrome to allow bilateral adre...

  2. High-resolution 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging for pituitary adenoma detection in Cushing disease

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    Chittiboina, Prashant; Montgomery, Blake K.; Millo, Corina; Herscovitch, Peter; Lonser, Russell R.

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    OBJECT High-resolution PET (hrPET) performed using a high-resolution research tomograph is reported as having a resolution of 2 mm and could be used to detect corticotroph adenomas through uptake of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG). To determine the sensitivity of this imaging modality, the authors compared 18F-FDG hrPET and MRI detection of pituitary adenomas in Cushing disease (CD). METHODS Consecutive patients with CD who underwent preoperative 18F-FDG hrPET and MRI (spin echo [SE] and spoiled gradient recalled [SPGR] sequences) were prospectively analyzed. Standardized uptake values (SUVs) were calculated from hrPET and were compared with MRI findings. Imaging findings were correlated to operative and histological findings. RESULTS Ten patients (7 females and 3 males) were included (mean age 30.8 ± 19.3 years; range 11–59 years). MRI revealed a pituitary adenoma in 4 patients (40% of patients) on SE and 7 patients (70%) on SPGR sequences. 18F-FDG hrPET demonstrated increased 18F-FDG uptake consistent with an adenoma in 4 patients (40%; adenoma size range 3–14 mm). Maximum SUV was significantly higher for 18F-FDG hrPET–positive tumors (difference = 5.1, 95% CI 2.1–8.1; p = 0.004) than for 18F-FDG hrPET–negative tumors. 18F-FDG hrPET positivity was not associated with tumor volume (p = 0.2) or dural invasion (p = 0.5). Midnight and morning ACTH levels were associated with 18F-FDG hrPET positivity (p = 0.01 and 0.04, respectively) and correlated with the maximum SUV (R = 0.9; p = 0.001) and average SUV (R = 0.8; p = 0.01). All 18F-FDG hrPET–positive adenomas had a less than a 180% ACTH increase and 18F-FDG hrPET–negative adenomas had a greater than 180% ACTH increase after CRH stimulation (p = 0.03). Three adenomas were detected on SPGR MRI sequences that were not detected by 18F-FDG hrPET imaging. Two adenomas not detected on SE (but no adenomas not detected on SPGR) were detected on 18F-FDG hrPET. CONCLUSIONS While 18F-FDG hrPET imaging can detect

  3. Acromegaly and gigantism in the medical literature. Case descriptions in the era before and the early years after the initial publication of Pierre Marie (1886).

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    de Herder, Wouter W

    2009-01-01

    In 1886 Pierre Marie used the term "acromegaly" for the first time and gave a full description of the characteristic clinical picture. However several others had already given clear clinical descriptions before him and sometimes had given the disease other names. After 1886, it gradually became clear that pituitary enlargement (caused by a pituitary adenoma) was the cause and not the consequence of acromegaly, as initially thought. Pituitary adenomas could be found in the great majority of cases. It also became clear that acromegaly and gigantism were the same disease but occurring at different stages of life and not different diseases as initially thought. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century most information was derived from case descriptions and post-mortem examinations of patients with acromegaly or (famous) patients with gigantism. The stage was set for further research into the pathogenesis, diagnosis and therapy of acromegaly and gigantism.

  4. Acromegaly Quality of Life Questionnaire (AcroQoL

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    Lara Nuria

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Acromegaly is a chronic disease with an important impact on patients, Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL. The ability to effectively measure Health Related Quality of Life is central to describing the impacts of disease or treatment upon the patient, therefore the importance of having a disease specific questionnaire for acromegaly. For the development of the AcroQoL questionnaire different sources of information were used: first a literature search was performed to identify relevant papers describing the impact of acromegaly in HRQoL, second the main domains of impact on HRQoL were identified by 10 experts endocrinologists, and third ten in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted in acromegalic patients to identify domains and items related to the self-perceived impact of acromegaly in patients' life. After a proper qualitative analysis a preliminary 38 item questionnaire was obtained. Rasch analysis concluded with a final 22 item questionnaire. The measurement properties (validity and reliability of the resulting final questionnaire were tested and compared using standard procedures (Cronbach's Alpha and item-total correlation. The evaluation of the item parameters confirmed the construct validity of the new instrument. Responsiveness to change was assessed in a small sample of 32 acromegalic patients with active disease in Spain who were administered the AcroQoL and the generic questionnaire EuroQoL 5-D. The results showed a statistically significant relationship between all the dimensions of AcroQoL and the VAS (visual analogic scale of EQ-5D. An improvement in the global score of AcroQoL was related to a global improvement in the VAS of the EQ-5D. Following the current recommended standard methodology the Spanish questionnaire was translated into eleven other languages.

  5. Pasireotide: a novel treatment for patients with acromegaly

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    Full Text Available Daniel Cuevas-Ramos,1 Maria Fleseriu2,3 1Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Neuroendocrinology Clinic, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, Mexico City, Mexico; 2Department of Medicine (Endocrinology, 3Department of Neurological Surgery, Northwest Pituitary Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA Abstract: Morbidity and mortality rates in patients with active acromegaly are higher than the general population. Adequate biochemical control restores mortality to normal rates. Now, medical therapy has an increasingly important role in the treatment of patients with acromegaly. Somatostatin receptor ligands (SRLs are considered the standard medical therapy, either after surgery or as a first-line therapy when surgery is deemed ineffective or is contraindicated. Overall, octreotide and lanreotide are first-generation SRLs and are effective in ~20%–70% of patients. Pegvisomant, a growth hormone receptor antagonist, controls insulin-like growth factor 1 in 65%–90% of cases. Consequently, a subset of patients (nonresponders requires other treatment options. Drug combination therapy offers the potential for more efficacious disease control. However, the development of new medical therapies remains essential. Here, emphasis is placed on new medical therapies to control acromegaly. There is a focus on pasireotide long-acting release (LAR (Signifor LAR®, which was approved in 2014 by the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicine Agency for the treatment of acromegaly. Pasireotide LAR is a long-acting somatostatin multireceptor ligand. In a Phase III clinical trial in patients with acromegaly (naïve to medical therapy or uncontrolled on a maximum dose of first-generation SRLs, 40 and 60 mg of intramuscular pasireotide LAR achieved better biochemical disease control than octreotide LAR, and tumor shrinkage was noted in both pasireotide groups. Pasireotide LAR tolerability

  6. Morphologic study of microcirculation in acromegaly by capillaroscopy.

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    Schiavon, F; Maffei, P; Martini, C; De Carlo, E; Fais, C; Todesco, S; Sicolo, N

    1999-09-01

    Although wide range investigations on the heart and great vessels have been reported in acromegaly, the field of microcirculation is still largely vacant. The nailfold is a window through which we can observe in vivo the vascular bed. This study investigates through nailfold capillaroscopy the morphology of cutaneous microcirculation in acromegaly in relationship with the usual hormonal parameters of disease activity. Twenty-five acromegalic patients and 26 normal subjects, age and sex matched, were studied. A subgroup of acromegalics (8 patients) was considered in stable remission, and the remaining 17 had active disease. Capillaroscopy was performed in each subject by in vivo computer aided stereomicroscopy (magnification, x400). The following morphological parameters were calculated: the number of tortuous loops, meandering capillaries, and capillaries per millimeter; avascular areas; visibility of subpapillary plexus; the capillary length; and intercapillary distance. We were unable to perform the exam in 4 of 25 patients because visibility was poor. The capillary number and length were significantly reduced in acromegalics compared to controls [8.9 +/- 1.5 vs. 10.3 +/- 1.2 no./mm (P = 0.0010) and 174 +/- 49 vs. 255 +/- 24 microm (P acromegaly, morphological alterations also affect the peripheral microcirculation, which seems to be influenced by the activity of the disease. We believe that nailfold capillaroscopy may represent an additional useful tool in the follow-up of acromegalic patients.

  7. Approach to the patient with persistent acromegaly after pituitary surgery.

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    Katznelson, Laurence

    2010-09-01

    The approach to a patient with acromegaly and persistent disease after surgery requires a complex diagnostic assessment. Acromegaly is a chronic and insidious disease that is associated with multisystem comorbidities, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, sleep apnea syndrome, colon polyposis, arthropathy, and metabolic complications including glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Patients also have a variety of signs and symptoms, including headache, arthralgias, carpal tunnel syndrome, sweating, fatigue, and psychological issues that impact significantly on quality of life. The recommended approach to the evaluation of the postoperative patient includes a biochemical assessment, with measurement of serum IGF-I along with a glucose-suppressed GH value, radiological assessment to determine location of residual tumor and presence of mass effects, a physical examination for evidence of skeletal and soft tissue overgrowth and related signs of acromegaly, and a thorough clinical assessment for the presence of comorbidities. Repeat surgery is indicated if there is residual tumor that is surgically accessible and there may be a chance for surgical cure, or if there are persistent mass effects upon the optic chiasm. Otherwise, medical therapy is indicated, utilizing somatostatin analogs, dopamine agonists, and pegvisomant, a GH receptor antagonist. Radiation therapy is usually relegated to situations where medical therapy is ineffective or poorly tolerated or where patients would prefer not to sustain the cost of long-term medical therapy. The choice of therapy requires close dialog among endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, radiation therapists, and neuroophthalmologists for optimal care of patients.

  8. Pasireotide in Acromegaly: A Review.

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    McKeage, Kate

    2015-06-01

    Pasireotide (Signifor(®), Signifor(®) LAR) is a somatostatin analogue recently approved for the treatment of acromegaly. Unlike the first-generation agents, octreotide and lanreotide, which bind preferentially to somatostatin receptor (SSTR)-2, pasireotide binds to multiple SSTRs. This article reviews the clinical use and summarizes the pharmacological properties of intramuscular pasireotide in the treatment of acromegaly. The efficacy of pasireotide 40 mg every 28 days was superior to that of intramuscular octreotide 20 mg every 28 days with regard to biochemical control in a 12-month, phase III trial in medically naive patients. Similarly, in a 6-month, phase III trial in patients with acromegaly inadequately controlled with somatostatin analogues for at least 6 months, the efficacy of pasireotide 40 or 60 mg was superior to that of continued octreotide 30 mg or lanreotide autogel 120 mg (each drug was administered once every 28 days) with regard to biochemical control. The tolerability profile of intramuscular pasireotide is generally similar to that of first-generation agents, except for a higher incidence of hyperglycaemia-related adverse events with pasireotide. In clinical trials, the risk of developing pasireotide-associated hyperglycaemia was numerically greater in patients categorized as diabetic or prediabetic at baseline than in those with normal glucose tolerance. Careful monitoring of glycaemic status is required prior to and during pasireotide treatment and antidiabetic therapy should be commenced as indicated. Thus, in the treatment of acromegaly, pasireotide may be a more effective somatostatin analogue than other approved agents of the same class; however, the increased risk of hyperglycaemia needs to be considered and proactively managed.

  9. Cushing's ulcer: the eponym and his own.

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    Wijdicks, Eelco F M

    2011-06-01

    One of the least remembered eponyms associated with Harvey Cushing is "Cushing's ulcer." The basis of this credit is a paper published in 1932 in which Cushing describes patients who postoperatively and unexpectedly died of perforated peptic ulcers. It is one of the first descriptions of a stress ulcer and a treatise on the brain-stomach connection. Harvey Cushing was puzzled by the pathogenesis of these peptic ulcerations and perforations and advanced several theories. The least plausible included the bile-vomiting theory suggesting that hemorrhagic ulceration could be produced by a combination of bile and acid in a patient recovering from the anesthetic. Other theories were stimulation of a parasympathetic center in the diencephalon or a disturbance of vagal centers in the brainstem. Quite surprisingly to Cushing, the Boston Herald implicitly insinuated that Cushing found the cause of ulcers and this claim upset him greatly. It is ironic that Harvey Cushing, in his later years with failing health, developed an ulcer himself. Cushing noted in his correspondence that he felt the agitation over this newspaper clipping caused his later ulcer. The first description of a neurogenic ulcer remains an important medical observation and is a testament to Cushing's broad accomplishments.

  10. Growth hormone deficiency in treated acromegaly.

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    Mazziotti, Gherardo; Marzullo, Paolo; Doga, Mauro; Aimaretti, Gianluca; Giustina, Andrea

    2015-01-01

    Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) of the adult is characterized by reduced quality of life (QoL) and physical fitness, skeletal fragility, and increased weight and cardiovascular risk. Hypopituitarism may develop in patients after definitive treatment of acromegaly, but an exact prevalence of GHD in this population is still uncertain owing to limited awareness and the scarce and conflicting data available on this topic. Because acromegaly and GHD may yield adverse consequences on similar target systems, the final outcomes of some complications of acromegaly may be further affected by the occurrence of GHD. However, it is still largely unknown whether patients with post-acromegaly GHD may benefit from GH replacement. We review the diagnostic, clinical, and therapeutic aspects of GHD in adult patients treated for acromegaly.

  11. Development of acromegaly in patients with prolactinomas

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    Andersen, Marianne; Hagen, Casper; Frystyk, Jan

    2003-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Patients with prolactinomas and patients with acromegaly often have heterogenous adenomas. In this study we have focused on patients with prolactinomas who developed acromegaly and acromegalic patients with hyperprolactinaemia. Our hypothesis is that some patients with hyperprolactina......OBJECTIVES: Patients with prolactinomas and patients with acromegaly often have heterogenous adenomas. In this study we have focused on patients with prolactinomas who developed acromegaly and acromegalic patients with hyperprolactinaemia. Our hypothesis is that some patients...... with hyperprolactinaemia may develop clinical acromegaly. METHODS: We have included patients examined at department M, Odense University Hospital between 1996 and 2001. Seventy-eight patients with prolactinomas, 65 females and 13 males, with a median age (range) of 30 Years (14-74) and 47 Years (20-66), respectively, were...

  12. Clinical importance of achieving biochemical control with medical therapy in adult patients with acromegaly

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    Full Text Available Elena A Christofides Endocrinology Associates, Inc., Columbus, OH, USA Abstract: In acromegaly, achieving biochemical control (growth hormone [GH] level <1.0 ng/mL and age- and sex-normalized levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 [IGF-1] through timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment provides an opportunity to improve patient outcomes. Diagnosis of acromegaly is challenging because it is rooted in observing subtle clinical manifestations, and it is typical for acromegaly to evolve for up to 10 years before it is recognized. This results in chronic exposure to elevated levels of GH and IGF-1 and delay in patients receiving appropriate treatment, which consequently increases mortality risk. In this review, the clinical impact of elevated GH and IGF-1 levels, the effectiveness of current therapies, and the potential role of novel treatments for acromegaly will be discussed. Clinical burden of acromegaly and benefits associated with management of GH and IGF-1 levels will be reviewed. Major treatment paradigms in acromegaly include surgery, medical therapy, and radiotherapy. With medical therapies, such as somatostatin analogs, dopamine agonists, and GH receptor antagonists, a substantial proportion of patients achieve reduced GH and normalized IGF-1 levels. In addition, signs and symptoms, quality of life, and comorbidities have also been reported to improve to varying degrees in patients who achieve biochemical control. Currently, there are several innovative therapies in development to improve patient outcomes, patient use, and access. Timely biochemical control of acromegaly ensures that the patient can ultimately improve morbidity and mortality from this disease and its extensive consequences. Keywords: disease burden, growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor 1, medical therapy, pituitary

  13. Study to Allow Access to Pasireotide for Patients Benefiting From Pasireotide Treatment in a Novartis-sponsored Study.

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    Cushing's Disease,; Acromegaly,; Neuroendocrine Tumors,; Pituitary Tumors; Ectopic ACTH Secreting (EAS) Tumors,; Dumping Syndrome,; Prostate Cancer,; Melanoma Negative for bRAF,; Melanoma Negative for nRAS

  14. A case of juvenile acromegaly that was initially diagnosed as severe congestive heart failure from acromegaly-induced dilated cardiomyopathy.

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    Sue, Mariko; Yoshihara, Aya; Okubo, Yoichiro; Ishikawa, Mayumi; Ando, Yasuyo; Hiroi, Naoki; Shibuya, Kazutoshi; Yoshino, Gen

    2010-01-01

    Acromegaly is characterized by chronic hypersecretion of growth hormone (GH) and is associated with increased mortality rate because of the potential complications such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, or malignancy, which are probably caused by the long-term exposure of tissues to excess GH, for at least 10 years, before diagnosis and treatment. A 22-year-old man with a 2-month history of fatigue was admitted to our hospital because of chest discomfort, dyspnea, and pitting edema of the lower limbs experienced over a 1-month period. On admission, his height and body weight were 186 cm and 138.5 kg, respectively, with a BMI of 39.8 kg/m(2). He showed acromegalic features and elevated serum GH and IGF-1 levels, which were 11.5 ng/mL and 960 ng/mL, respectively. There was no GH suppression in the 75-g oral glucose tolerance test. Pituitary magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed microadenoma. Chest X-ray revealed cardiomegaly, and echocardiogram showed dilated left ventricular (LV) cavity and diffuse hypokinesis with extremely decreased ejection fraction (EF). He was diagnosed as having acromegaly with congestive heart failure from diastolic cardiomyopathy. After the successful transsphenoidal resection of the pituitary adenoma, the level of GH was normalized. However, the cardiac dysfunction did not show any improvement even after the administration of β-blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-I), or diuretics. The patient was re-hospitalized, and he died of cardiac failure at the age of 25 years. Patients with acromegaly have been reported to have about 30% higher mortality rate, and cardiovascular disease accounts for 60% of the deaths. We report a case of a patient with juvenile acromegaly who was diagnosed with severe cardiac failure at the time of diagnosis and failed to recover cardiac function even after the successful resection of the pituitary adenoma. Immediate diagnosis and treatment are required for better control of

  15. Imaging in Cushing's syndrome; Imagem em sindrome de Cushing

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    Sahdev, Anju; Evanson, Jane [St. Bartholomew' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Diagnostic Imaging; Reznek, Rodney H. [St. Bartholomew' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom). Institute of Cancer. Cancer Imaging; Grossman, Ashley B. [St. Bartholomew' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Endocrinology]. E-mail: anju.sahdev@bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk

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    Once the diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome (CS) has been established, the main step is to differentiate between ACTH dependent and independent disease. In adults, 80% of CS is due to ACTH-dependent causes and 20% due to adrenal causes. ACTH-secreting neoplasms cause ACTH-dependent CS. These are usually anterior pituitary microadenomas, which result in the classic Cushing's disease. Non-pituitary ectopic sources of ACTH, such as a small-cell lung carcinoma or carcinoid tumours, are the source of the remainder of ACTH-dependent disease. In the majority of patients presenting with clinical and biochemical evidence of CS, modern non-invasive imaging can accurately and efficiently provide the cause and the nature of the underlying pathology. Imaging is essential for determining the source of ACTH in ectopic ACTH production, locating the pituitary tumours and distinguishing adrenal adenomas, carcinomas and hyperplasias. In our chapter we review the adrenal appearances in ACTH-dependent and ACTH-independent CS. We also include a discussion on the use of MRI and CT for the detection and management of pituitary ACTH secreting adenomas. CT of the chest, abdomen and pelvis with intravenous injection of contrast medium is the most sensitive imaging modality for the identification of the ectopic ACTH source and detecting adrenal pathology. MRI is used for characterising adrenal adenomas, problem solving in difficult cases and for detecting ACTH-secreting pituitary adenomas. (author)

  16. Geographical information system (GIS) as a new tool to evaluate epidemiology based on spatial analysis and clinical outcomes in acromegaly

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    Naves, Luciana Ansaneli; Porto, Lara Benigno; Rosa, João Willy Corrêa; Casulari, Luiz Augusto; Rosa, José Wilson Corrêa

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    Geographical information systems (GIS) have emerged as a group of innovative software components useful for projects in epidemiology and planning in Health Care System. This is an original study to investigate environmental and geographical influences on epidemiology of acromegaly in Brazil. We aimed to validate a method to link an acromegaly registry with a GIS mapping program, to describe the spatial distribution of patients, to identify disease clusters and to evaluate if the access to Hea...

  17. Management of acromegaly in Latin America: expert panel recommendations.

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    Barkan, Ariel; Bronstein, Marcello D; Bruno, Oscar D; Cob, Alejandro; Espinosa-de-los-Monteros, Ana Laura; Gadelha, Monica R; Garavito, Gloria; Guitelman, Mirtha; Mangupli, Ruth; Mercado, Moisés; Portocarrero, Lesly; Sheppard, Michael

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    Although there are international guidelines orienting physicians on how to manage patients with acromegaly, such guidelines should be adapted for use in distinct regions of the world. A panel of neuroendocrinologists convened in Mexico City in August of 2007 to discuss specific considerations in Latin America. Of major discussion was the laboratory evaluation of acromegaly, which requires the use of appropriate tests and the adoption of local institutional standards. As a general rule to ensure diagnosis, the patient's GH level during an oral glucose tolerance test and IGF-1 level should be evaluated. Furthermore, to guide treatment decisions, both GH and IGF-1 assessments are required. The treatment of patients with acromegaly in Latin America is influenced by local issues of cost, availability and expertise of pituitary neurosurgeons, which should dictate therapeutic choices. Such treatment has undergone profound changes because of the introduction of effective medical interventions that may be used after surgical debulking or as first-line medical therapy in selected cases. Surgical resection remains the mainstay of therapy for small pituitary adenomas (microadenomas), potentially resectable macroadenomas and invasive adenomas causing visual defects. Radiotherapy may be indicated in selected cases when no disease control is achieved despite optimal surgical debulking and medical therapy, when there is no access to somatostatin analogues, or when local issues of cost preclude other therapies. Since not all the diagnostic tools and treatment options are available in all Latin American countries, physicians need to adapt their clinical management decisions to the available local resources and therapeutic options.

  18. Glucocorticoid Regulation of Food-Choice Behavior in Humans: Evidence from Cushing's Syndrome.

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    Moeller, Scott J; Couto, Lizette; Cohen, Vanessa; Lalazar, Yelena; Makotkine, Iouri; Williams, Nia; Yehuda, Rachel; Goldstein, Rita Z; Geer, Eliza B

    2016-01-01

    The mechanisms by which glucocorticoids regulate food intake and resulting body mass in humans are not well-understood. One potential mechanism could involve modulation of reward processing, but human stress models examining effects of glucocorticoids on behavior contain important confounds. Here, we studied individuals with Cushing's syndrome, a rare endocrine disorder characterized by chronic excess endogenous glucocorticoids. Twenty-three patients with Cushing's syndrome (13 with active disease; 10 with disease in remission) and 15 controls with a comparably high body mass index (BMI) completed two simulated food-choice tasks (one with "explicit" task contingencies and one with "probabilistic" task contingencies), during which they indicated their objective preference for viewing high calorie food images vs. standardized pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral images. All participants also completed measures of food craving, and approximately half of the participants provided 24-h urine samples for assessment of cortisol and cortisone concentrations. Results showed that on the explicit task (but not the probabilistic task), participants with active Cushing's syndrome made fewer food-related choices than participants with Cushing's syndrome in remission, who in turn made fewer food-related choices than overweight controls. Corroborating this group effect, higher urine cortisone was negatively correlated with food-related choice in the subsample of all participants for whom these data were available. On the probabilistic task, despite a lack of group differences, higher food-related choice correlated with higher state and trait food craving in active Cushing's patients. Taken together, relative to overweight controls, Cushing's patients, particularly those with active disease, displayed a reduced vigor of responding for food rewards that was presumably attributable to glucocorticoid abnormalities. Beyond Cushing's, these results may have relevance for elucidating

  19. 临床多学科综合治疗团队诊治库欣病%Efficacy analysis of diagnosis and treatment of Cushing's disease with a multidisciplinary team

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    张绿; 王镛斐; 叶红英; 张朝云; 赵曜; 葛亮; 姚振威; 汪寅; 潘力

    2015-01-01

    目的 分析临床多学科综合治疗团队(MDT)诊治库欣病的疗效及经验.方法 回顾性纳入2013年1月至12月复旦大学附属华山医院在MDT诊治流程模式下诊治的45例库欣综合征患者.其中22例行双侧岩下窦采血,确诊库欣病40例(初诊断32例,首次治疗后复发或未缓解8例).大腺瘤、微腺瘤和MRI阴性分别为8、26、6例,3例为侵袭性;33例接受神经外科手术(经鼻手术32例,开颅手术1例).总结其诊断、治疗情况.结果 33例接受手术的患者中,术后1周缓解者22例(66.7%),其术前、术后1周内血皮质醇最低值差异有统计学意义[分别为(869±361)、(60±41)nmol/L,P<0.01].术后3个月总体缓解25例(76%);大腺瘤、微腺瘤和MRI阴性及侵袭性垂体瘤缓解的比例分别为6/6、14/18、3/6、2/3.病理学显示,27例促肾上腺皮质激素瘤、6例增生或腺组织者分别有25例(92.6%)和0例缓解.手术后未缓解的8例中,2例纳入帕瑞肽新药研究、3例行伽玛刀治疗、1例开始甲吡酮治疗、1例待再次手术治疗、1例失访.7例患者出现手术并发症.结论 MDT模式下多学科参与的病例诊治有助于患者及时选择最佳的治疗方案,提高治疗效果.%Objective To analyze the efficacy and experiences of the diagnosis and treatment of Cushing' s disease with a multidisciplinary team.Methods Forty-five patients with Cushing' s syndrome treated under the MDT diagnosis and treatment process mode at Shanghai Huashan Hospital,Fudan University from January to December 2013 were analyzed retrospectively.Among the 45 patients,22 underwent bilateral inferior petrosal sinus blood sampling,and 40 were diagnosed as Cushing' s syndrome.Macroadenomas,microadenomas,and MRI negative were 8,26,and 6,respectively,3 of them were invasive.Thirty-two patients were newly diagnosed,8 relapsed or did not relieve after the first treatment.Their diagnosis,management,efficacy,and room for improvement were summarized

  20. Comparison between total and subtotal adrenalectomy procedures for recurrent Cushing' s disease%不同肾上腺切除方式治疗复发性库欣病疗效分析

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    丁雪飞; 李汉忠; 周广臣

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨不同肾上腺切除方法治疗复发性库欣病临床效果.方法 经垂体治疗后库欣病复发患者32例,男7例,女25例,平均年龄(31.9±10.4)岁.随机分为两组:18例患者右侧肾上腺全切+左侧次全切除(次全切组);14例双侧肾上腺切除(全切组).结果 术后随访18~60个月,32例患者术后24 h游离皮质醇降至正常范围,81.5%(22/27)高血压、65.4%(17/26)糖尿病或糖耐量异常患者术后血压、血糖降至正常范围,66.7%(12/18)女性闭经患者月经恢复正常,两组间血压、血糖及月经恢复情况无统计学差异.次全切除组1例术后复发,5例患者无需补充糖皮质激素;全切组14.3%(2/14)出现Nelson综合征.结论 肾上腺全切和肾上腺次全切除是治疗库欣病复发的两种有效方法.%Objective To discuss clinical efficacy of different techniques to resect adrenal gland for recurrent Cushing's disease. Methods We reviewed the cases (32 patients, 7 were men and 25 were women) of recurrent Cushing's disease postoperatively with a mean age of (31. 9 ± 10. 4 ) years. It included 18 cases of total right adrenalectomy and left subtotal adrenalectomy ( subtotal resection group ) and 14 cases bilateral total adrenalectomy (total resection group ) . Results Hypercortisolism disappeared after surgery and the 24 hours UFC decreased within the normal range. 81.5% of those with hypertension and 65. 4% of those with diabetes mellitus or impaired glucose tolerance showed normal blood pressure and blood glucose respectively and 66. 7% female returned to normal menstrual cycle after operation. There was no significant difference of normalization of blood pressure , blood glucose and menstrual cycle between two groups . One case with hypercortisolism recurrence of the subtotal resection group was cured by the resection of the residual gland. All patients of the total resection group required glucocorticoid replacement therapy , while 5 cases of subtotal resection

  1. Does Apolipoprotein E genotype affect cardiovascular risk in subjects with acromegaly?

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    Bozok Cetintas, Vildan; Zengi, Ayhan; Tetik, Asli; Karadeniz, Muammer; Ergonen, Faruk; Kucukaslan, Ali Sahin; Tamsel, Sadik; Kosova, Buket; Sahin, Serap Baydur; Saygılı, Fusun; Eroglu, Zuhal

    2012-06-01

    Acromegaly is a syndrome that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone after epiphyseal closure at puberty. Usually, subjects with acromegaly exhibit a 2- to 3-fold higher mortality rate from diseases that are associated with cardiovascular complications when compared to the normal population. In this study, we therefore aimed to evaluate whether a well-established cardiovascular risk factor, the Apolipoprotein E (Apo E) genotype, contributes to increased risk of cardiovascular complications in subjects with acromegaly. A total of 102 unrelated acromegaly subjects were prospectively included into this case-control association study and constituted our study group. The study group was comparable by age and gender with 200 unrelated healthy subjects constituting our control group. Genomic DNA was isolated from the peripheral blood leukocytes of all subjects and Apo E genotype (codon 112/158) was assessed by melting temperature analyses after using a real-time PCR protocol. The Apolipoprotein E4 allele was found at a significantly higher frequency in the study group when compared with the control group (P = 0.032). Subjects with the E2 allele, on the other hand, had significantly increased values in body mass index (P = 0.004), waist circumference (P = 0.001), C-reactive protein (CRP) (P acromegaly since it is concurrently present with other cardiovascular risk factors such as the left-side carotid intima media thickness and CRP.

  2. Acromegaly presenting as hirsuitism: Uncommon sinister aetiology of a common clinical sign

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    Rajesh Jain

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Hirsuitism though not uncommon (24%, is not considered to be a prominent feature of acromegaly because of its lack of specificity and occurrence. Hirsuitism is very common in women of reproductive age (5-7% and has been classically associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS. Twenty-eight year lady with 3 year duration of hirsuitism (Modified Ferriman Gallwey score-24/36 , features of insulin resistance (acanthosis, subtle features of acromegaloidism (woody nose and bulbous lips was diagnosed to have acromegaly in view of elevated IGF-1 (1344 ng/ml; normal: 116-358 ng/ml, basal (45.1 ng/ml and post glucose growth hormone (39.94 ng/ml and MRI brain showing pituitary macroadenoma. Very high serum androstenedione (>10 ng/ml; normal 0.5-3.5 ng/ml, elevated testosterone (0.91 ng/ml, normal <0.8 and normal dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEAS (284 mcg/dl, normal 35-430 mcg/dl along with polycystic ovaries on ultrasonography lead to diagnosis of associated PCOS. She was also diagnosed to have diabetes. This case presentation intends to highlight that hirsuitism may rarely be the only prominent feature of acromegaly. A lookout for subtle features of acromegaly in all patients with hirsuitism and going for biochemical evaluation (even at the risk of investigating many patients of insulin resistance and acromegloidism may help us pick up more patients of acromegaly at an earlier stage thus help in reducing disease morbidity.

  3. Cushing Syndrome: Other FAQs

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    ... Kronenberg, H. M., Shlomo, M., Polonsky, K. S., Larsen P. R. (Eds.). Williams textbook of endocrinology (12th ed.). (chap. 15). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier. [top] Abraham, M. R., & Smith, C. V. Adrenal disease and pregnancy. Retrieved April ...

  4. Megaduodenum in a patient with acromegaly

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    Belinda George

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Acromegaly is associated with enlargement of all organs including the gastro intestinal system. However, there are no previous reports of occurrence of megaduodenum in patients with acromegaly. Discussion: We present the case of a 47 year old male who was diagnosed to have acromegaly 13 years ago and had undergone transsphenoidal surgery twice with incomplete removal of the pituitary macro-adenoma and received radiotherapy following the second surgery. Patient has been on replacement therapy for hypocortisolism, hypothyroidism and hypogonadism since 10 years. Post glucose growth hormone level continued to remain unsuppressed; however, patient never received any medical therapy for acromegaly. He was evaluated with esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy for recurrent abdominal pain and distension, which showed an elongated and tortuous megaduodenum. These findings were verified with a barium study which revealed dilated stomach, first and second part of duodenum with no evidence of a distal obstruction. Conclusions: We report this finding in view of the rare association.

  5. The quality of life and psychological, social and cognitive functioning of patients with acromegaly.

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    Szcześniak, Dorota; Jawiarczyk-Przybyłowska, Aleksandra; Rymaszewska, Joanna

    2015-01-01

    Acromegaly is a rare and chronic disease, most often caused by a pituitary adenoma. Excessive secretion of the growth hormone (GH) leads to hepatic secretion of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), which in turn causes characteristic changes in the patient's appearance, many skeletal deformities and metabolic disorders. In addition to somatic symptoms, acromegalic patients demonstrate psychosocial and personality deficits, as well as common co-occurrence of mental disorders. There are few studies investigating acromegaly in Poland. In recent years, the concept of quality of life has become fundamental to understanding health problems. Studies dealing with acromegaly likewise tend to include assessments of quality of life of patients suffering from this endocrinopathy.

  6. Kleine-Levin and Munchausen syndromes in a patient with recurrent acromegaly.

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    Jungheim, K; Badenhoop, K; Ottmann, O G; Usadel, K H

    1999-02-01

    Hypothalamic disease often affects the patients' personality and this also applies to pituitary tumors with suprasellar extension. We report on a patient with a 12-year history of recurrent acromegaly, treated with three transphenoidal operations, single field radiation therapy and bromocriptine/octreotide administration. During the course of follow-up she presented with self-inflicted anemia and Kleine-Levin syndrome (hypersomnia, hyperphagia and hypersexuality). Furthermore, she developed post-radiation necrosis within the right temporal lobe. Whether her neurological and personality disorders result - at least partially - from the acromegaly or the temporal lobe necrosis remains unclear.

  7. MJA Practice Essentials--Endocrinology. 9: Pituitary disease in adults.

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    Hurley, David M; Ho, Ken K Y

    2004-04-19

    Pituitary adenomas are found in 10%-25% of unselected autopsy series and are evident in about 10% of asymptomatic individuals by magnetic resonance imaging. Diagnosis of pituitary disorders is often delayed by lack of awareness and the subtlety of symptoms and signs. Hypopituitarism is suspected when peripheral hormone concentrations are low without an elevation in the corresponding pituitary tropic hormone(s). Severe adult-onset growth-hormone deficiency results in reduced muscle mass, increased fat mass and diminished quality of life, which are reversed by growth hormone replacement therapy. While trans-sphenoidal surgery remains first-line treatment for acromegaly, drug treatment has an important role in controlling residual growth-hormone excess and, in some circumstances, as first-line treatment. Dopamine-agonist therapy (cabergoline or bromocriptine) is the treatment of choice for micro- and macroprolactinomas. In patients with suggestive clinical features, elevated 24-hour urine free cortisol level is usually sufficient to diagnose endogenous Cushing's syndrome; careful additional investigation is needed to determine whether the cause is Cushing's disease (pituitary adenoma secreting adrenocorticotropic hormone [ACTH]), ectopic ACTH secretion or adrenal disease. Heightened awareness is needed to detect the sometimes subtle symptoms and signs of pituitary disease

  8. AIP mutations in young patients with acromegaly and the Tampico Giant: the Mexican experience.

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    Ramírez-Rentería, Claudia; Hernández-Ramírez, Laura C; Portocarrero-Ortiz, Lesly; Vargas, Guadalupe; Melgar, Virgilio; Espinosa, Etual; Espinosa-de-Los-Monteros, Ana Laura; Sosa, Ernesto; González, Baldomero; Zúñiga, Sergio; Unterländer, Martina; Burger, Joachim; Stals, Karen; Bussell, Anne-Marie; Ellard, Sian; Dang, Mary; Iacovazzo, Donato; Kapur, Sonal; Gabrovska, Plamena; Radian, Serban; Roncaroli, Federico; Korbonits, Márta; Mercado, Moisés

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    Although aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) mutations are rare in sporadic acromegaly, their prevalence among young patients is nonnegligible. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the frequency of AIP mutations in a cohort of Mexican patients with acromegaly with disease onset before the age of 30 and to search for molecular abnormalities in the AIP gene in teeth obtained from the "Tampico Giant". Peripheral blood DNA from 71 patients with acromegaly (51 females) with disease onset T (p.Arg304Ter), well-known truncating mutation was identified; in one of these two cases and her identical twin sister, the mutation proved to be a de novo event, since neither of their parents were found to be carriers. In the remaining three patients, new mutations were identified: a frameshift mutation (c.976_977insC, p.Gly326AfsTer), an in-frame deletion (c.872_877del, p.Val291_Leu292del) and a nonsense mutation (c.868A > T, p.Lys290Ter), which are predicted to be pathogenic based on in silico analysis. Patients with AIP mutations tended to have an earlier onset of acromegaly and harboured larger and more invasive tumours. A previously described genetic variant of unknown significance (c.869C > T, p.Ala299Val) was identified in DNA from the Tampico Giant. The prevalence of AIP mutations in young Mexican patients with acromegaly is similar to that of European cohorts. Our results support the need for genetic evaluation of patients with early onset acromegaly.

  9. Congestive heart failure in acromegaly: A review of 6 cases

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    Dutta, P.; Das, S; Bhansali, A; S K Bhadada; B V Rajesh; Reddy, K. S.; Vaiphei, K; K. K. Mukherjee; Pathak, A.; Shah, V N

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    Background: Though cardiac involvement is common in acromegaly, overt congestive heart failure is uncommon. Materials and Methods: This is retrospective analysis of hospital record between 1996 and 2007. We analyzed records of 150 consecutive patients with acromegaly. We included the patients with acromegaly those who had overt congestive heart failure either at presentation or during the course of illness for the present analysis. The diagnosis of acromegaly and congestive cardiac failure we...

  10. Prevalence of diabetes mellitus in patients with acromegaly

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    Dreval, A V; Trigolosova, I V; Misnikova, I V; Kovalyova, Y A; Tishenina, R S; Barsukov, I A; Vinogradova, A V; Wolffenbuttel, B H R

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    Early carbohydrate metabolism disorders (ECMDs) and diabetes mellitus (DM) are frequently associated with acromegaly. We aimed to assess the prevalence of ECMDs in patients with acromegaly and to compare the results with those in adults without acromegaly using two population-based epidemiologic sur

  11. A rare cause of acromegaly: McCune-Albright syndrome

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    Full Text Available McCune-Albright syndrome is characterized by polyostatic fibrous dysplasia, brown spots on the skin (café au lait pigmentation and autonomous endocrine hyperfunction. Early puberty and other endocrinological manifestations, such as acromegaly, gigantism and hypercortisolism are widely observed in the syndrome. Acromegaly is seen in 20% of patients. We report a case of acromegaly accompanied with this syndrome.

  12. Self-perception of cognitive function among patients with active acromegaly, controlled acromegaly, and non-functional pituitary adenoma: a pilot study.

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    Yedinak, Chris G; Fleseriu, Maria

    2014-08-01

    Pituitary adenomas (PAs) represent 15 % of all brain tumors. One-sixth of these are reported to cause acromegaly via excess growth hormone secretion. These tumors have been associated with multiple comorbidities, including neuropsychiatric and cognitive dysfunction. We aimed to assess patient perception of cognitive deficits and the relationship of cognitive changes to active acromegaly (AA) versus controlled acromegaly (CA) versus non-functional PAs (NFPA). A modified FACT-Cog survey was used, which focused on the prevalence and severity of perceived dysfunction in five areas of cognitive function: ability to learn, concentration/distractibility, mental agility, memory and recall, and verbal recall. Patient perception of current health and health change over the previous 12 months was also assessed. The overall perceived prevalence and severity of cognitive dysfunction were the highest among NFPA groups, particularly in the areas of mental agility, verbal recall, and memory/recall. Patients with AA reported greater prevalence and severity of dysfunction with respect to concentration/distractibility and ability to learn. Patients with AA reported the best overall current health, though patients with CA reported the greatest improvement in health over the previous year. These findings may indicate that PAs can affect cognitive function regardless of whether excess growth hormone is present. Acromegaly and NFPA patients perceive specific areas of cognitive dysfunction that may require further evaluation and treatment. Further research may be useful regarding patient quality of life, patient functionality during normal daily activities, and perceived dysfunction despite biological disease control.

  13. Incidence and late prognosis of cushing's syndrome: a population based study

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    Lindholm, J; Juul, Svend; Jørgensen, Jens Otto Lunde

    2001-01-01

    , 5.06; CI, 1.86–11.0). In patients with adrenal adenoma, SMR was 3.95 (CI, 0.81–11.5). The perceived quality of health was significantly impaired only in patients with Cushing’s disease and appeared independent of disease control or presence of hypopituitarism. It is concluded that 1) Cushing...

  14. Neuropsychiatric findings in Cushing syndrome and exogenous glucocorticoid administration.

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    Starkman, Monica N

    2013-09-01

    This article reviews the neuropsychiatric presentations elicited by spontaneous hypercortisolism and exogenous supraphysiologic glucocorticoids. Patients with Cushing disease and syndrome develop a depressive syndrome: irritable and depressed mood, decreased libido, disrupted sleep and cognitive decrements. Exogenous short-term glucocorticoid administration may elicit a hypomanic syndrome with mood, sleep and cognitive disruptions. Treatment options are discussed. Brain imaging and neuropsychological studies indicate elevated cortisol and other glucocorticoids are especially deleterious to hippocampus and frontal lobe. The research findings also shed light on neuropsychiatric abnormalities in conditions that have substantial subgroups exhibiting elevated and dysregulated cortisol: aging, major depressive disorder and Alzheimer's disease.

  15. Screening for Cushing's syndrome in obese patients

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    Ozay Tiryakioglu

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the frequency of Cushing's syndrome (CS in obese patients devoid of specific clinical symptoms of Cushing's syndrome. METHODS: A total of 150 obese patients (129 female, 21 male; mean age 44.41 ± 13.34 yr; mean BMI 35.76 ± 7.13 were included in the study. As a first screening step, we measured 24-h urinary free cortisol (UFC. An overnight 1-mg dexamethasone suppression test was also performed on all patients. Urinary free cortisol levels above 100 μg/24 h were considered to be abnormal. Suppression of serum cortisol 100 μg/24 h were recorded in 37 patients (24%. Cushing's syndrome was diagnosed in 14 of the 150 patients (9.33%. Etiologic reasons for Cushing's syndrome were pituitary microadenoma (9 patients, adrenocortical adenoma (3 patients, and adrenocortical carcinoma (1 patient. CONCLUSION: A significant proportion (9.33% of patients with simple obesity were found to have Cushing's syndrome. These findings argue that obese patients should be routinely screened for Cushing's syndrome.

  16. A hyperkinetic heart in uncomplicated active acromegaly. Explanation of hypertension in acromegalic patients?

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    Thuesen, L; Christensen, S E; Weeke, J; Orskov, H; Henningsen, P

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    Cardiac function was studied by echocardiography in 12 patients with active acromegaly and in 12 age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects. None of the patients had cardiovascular diseases or other endocrine diseases than acromegaly. The patients had a mean age of 39 +/- 5 years and were short-term acromegalic with a mean duration of disease of 6 +/- 3 years. Mean left ventricular mass was 163 +/- 43 g/m2 in the acromegalic group versus 120 +/- 24 g/m2 in the control group. Preload (the diastolic diameter of the left ventricle) was within normal limits, while afterload (end-systolic meridional wall stress) was significantly decreased in the acromegalic group. Myocardial contractility assessed as fractional shortening of the left ventricle was 39.9 +/- 3.6% in the acromegalic group versus 32.9 +/- 5.1% in the control group, and cardiac output was increased by 52% in the acromegalic group because of increased heart rate and stroke volume. We suggest that augmented peripheral blood flow is responsible for the condition of cardiac hyperkinesia in short-term acromegaly and involved in the development of hypertension, which is a frequent complication of long-term acromegaly.

  17. The changing face of acromegaly--advances in diagnosis and treatment.

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    Ribeiro-Oliveira, Antônio; Barkan, Ariel

    2012-10-01

    Acromegaly is a chronic disease characterized by the presence of a pituitary growth hormone (GH)-producing tumour, excessive secretion of growth hormone, raised levels of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) and characteristic clinical presentation of acral enlargement. Over the past two decades, major advances have occurred in the understanding of some aspects of acromegaly--such as the biology of pituitary tumours, the physiology, molecular mechanisms of GH secretion and IGF-I generation, and the pathogenesis of comorbidities. Moreover, new approaches to diagnosis and surveillance (both in terms of screening and follow-up) of acromegaly have led to increases in the number of patients diagnosed with active disease, many of whom would previously have been missed. The development of sensitive assays for detecting plasma GH and IGF-I levels, as well as the widespread use of MRI for visualization of small tumours, have been major contributing factors to these improvements. Treatment advances have resulted in improved cure rates and disease control through novel neurosurgical techniques and pharmacological approaches. This Review summarizes and discusses the changes in our understanding of the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of acromegaly and its comorbidities.

  18. The Modern Criteria for Medical Management of Acromegaly.

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    Frara, Stefano; Maffezzoni, Filippo; Mazziotti, Gherardo; Giustina, Andrea

    2016-01-01

    Acromegaly is an insidious disorder characterized by excess secretion of growth hormone (GH) and elevated circulating levels of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), generally caused by a pituitary adenoma. It is a rare disease associated with an average 10-year reduction in life expectancy due to metabolic, cardiovascular, and cerebrovascular comorbidities and reduced quality of life caused by paresthesias, fatigue, osteoarthralgia, or bone fractures. In 2000, Cortina Consensus Conference established general criteria for diagnosis and biochemical control of acromegaly, which have been revised in recent years, adapting them to emerging clinical evidences as well as the evolving assay techniques. Authors have proposed a binary definition of cure for acromegaly, where both GH and IGF-I are important determinants: the former is more linked to the presence of residual adenomatous tissue, while the latter to the peripheral activity of the disease. Control of tumor growth and complications is also an essential goal of treatment. Surgical, medical, and radiotherapy approaches are all valid alternatives. The surgical option is, however, unsuccessful in about 50% of patients. Somatostatin analogs (SRLs), octreotide LAR, and lanreotide ATG can inhibit cell growth, besides their beneficial effects on GH hypersecretion and on most comorbidities. Pasireotide is a new multireceptor-targeted SRL with reported superior biochemical efficacy to octreotide, due to higher affinity for SSTR-5, but potentially causing detrimental effects on glucose homeostasis. Pegvisomant could be a valid choice in all patients resistant to SRLs. It is a competitive GH antagonist, which efficaciously blocks IGF-I production, inhibiting the dimerization of GH receptor. Normal IGF-I levels represent, therefore, its only relevant efficacy endpoint, while only few cases of tumor growth on pegvisomant have been reported, so far.

  19. Cushing's ulcer in traumatic brain injury

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    Biteghe-bi-Nzeng Alain; WANG Yun-jie

    2008-01-01

    Traumatic brain injury(TBI)remains a complicated and urgent disease in our modernized cities. It becomes now a public health disease. We have got more and more patients in Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit following motor vehicle accidents and others causes. TBI brings multiple disorders,from the primary injury to secondary injury. The body received the disturbances in the brain,in the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical(HPA)axis,in the gastric mucosa,in the immune and neuroendocrine systems.The mortality of TBI is more than 50 000 deaths/year, the third of the mortality of all iniuries. Cushing ulcer is one of the severe complications of TBI and its mortality rate is more than 50%. Many studies have improved the management of TBI and the associated complications to give patients a better outcome. Furthers studies need to be done based on the similar methodology to clarify the different steps of the HPA axis and the neuroendocrine change associated. The aim of the present review is to assess the clinical and endocrinal features of hypopituitarism and stress ulcer following TBI.

  20. Multiple Myeloma in a Patient with Acromegaly

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    Yu Mi Kang

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Acromegaly is a slowly progressing condition resulting from excess growth hormone (GH, generally caused by a GH-secreting pituitary adenoma. Cancer is the third most common cause of mortality in patients with acromegaly, and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1 is known to influence tumor formation by increasing cell proliferation and inhibiting apoptosis. Multiple myeloma (MM is a plasma cell neoplasm, and previous studies have suggested the possible role of IGF-1 in its development of MM. However, no cases of acromegaly accompanied with MM have been reported in Asia to date. We here report the case of a 58-year-old woman with acromegaly accompanied with MM who presented with longstanding acromegalic manifestations resulting from a GH-secreting pituitary adenoma and also exhibited anemia, a reversed albumin/globulin ratio, and plasmacytosis on bone marrow examination. Because IGF-1 has been suggested to play an important role in the development and progression of MM, the patient promptly underwent surgical removal of the pituitary adenoma via a transsphenoidal approach. Since there is currently no consensus on therapeutic guidelines and suggested prognosis for MM with acromegaly, long-term follow-up of such cases is needed.

  1. Acromegaly

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    ... leaks and, rarely, meningitis. Cerebrospinal fluid bathes the brain and can leak from the nose if the incision area doesn’t heal well. Meningitis is a bacterial or viral infection of the meninges, the outer covering of the brain. Even when surgery is successful and hormone levels ...

  2. Bilateral adrenalectomy for Cushing's syndrome: Pros and cons

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    O P Prajapati

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To assess the outcome of patients undergoing bilateral adrenalectomy for Cushing's syndrome (CS. Methods: All patients who underwent bilateral adrenalectomy for CS at the Department of Endocrine Surgery, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences hospital between 1991 and 2013 were included. Medical records were reviewed to obtain patient characteristics and follow-up data. Results: Twenty-seven patients were studied. Mean age was 28.74 ± 12.95 years (range 9–60, male:female ratio was 1.7:1. About half that is, 48.19% were of Cushing's disease (failed trans-sphenoidal surgery [TSS], 37.04% were of ectopic CS (ECS, and 14.81% were of CS due to bilateral adrenal pathology. Median follow-up period was 80.5 months. Before surgery, 74.1% patients had body mass index > which after surgery declined to <25 in 75% of them. Hypertension was present in 85.2% and after surgery resolved in 40%. Diabetes mellitus was present in 44.4% and after surgery resolved in 33% of them. Hirsutism and proximal muscle weakness were present in 55.6% and 70.4% patients, respectively, and after surgery improved markedly in all patients. Adrenal crisis developed in 36.3% and Nelson's syndrome in 41.7% patients during follow-up. Three patients died in perioperative period while three succumbed to the disease during follow-up. Two patients developed recurrence of endogenous cortisol production during the follow-up period. Conclusions: Bilateral adrenalectomy is a valid treatment option for palliating severe symptoms in Pituitary Cushing's with failed TSS and unlocalized ECS but the procedure is curative for CS due to bilateral adrenal disease. Overall morbidity and mortality is higher than other endocrine operations. Co-morbidities tend to be more severe and are a risk factor for mortality during the time patient survives.

  3. Unsuccessful treatment of acromegaly with medroxyprogesterone acetate.

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    Atkinson, R L; Dimond, R C; Howard, W J; Earll, J M

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    6 patients with active acromegaly were treated with 10 mg of medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) every 6 hours daily for 2 weeks to 6 months. Oral glucose tolerance tests, growth hormone (GH) levels, and insulin tolerance tests (ITT) were done before and during MPA treatment. Basal GH levels varied widely during control and therapy periods; no significant lowering of GH levels occurred during treatment. Carbohydrate tolerance was not significantly affected by MPA therapy, although 5 out of 6 patients had deterioration at least once during treatment. Blood glucose response to ITT was unchanged by MPA. MPA did not affect the clinical features of acromegaly. There was no consistent effect of MPA on insulin-induced or arginine-induced GH secretion. It is concluded that MPA is not an effective agent for treating acromegaly.

  4. Analysis of the clinical characteristics of patients with different gender in Cushing's disease:296 cases in a single center%不同性别库欣病患者的临床特点差异分析:单中心296例临床总结

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    张毅; 姚勇; 卢琳; 邓侃; 代从新; 冯铭; 包新杰; 幸兵; 连伟; 王任直

    2015-01-01

    目的:总结垂体促肾上腺皮质激素腺瘤在不同性别之间临床特点的差异。方法回顾性总结2008年3月~2013年12月期间在北京协和医院收治的296例库欣病的临床资料。根据性别分组,分析不同性别组的一般状况、临床表现、体征、激素水平、实验室检查及肿瘤大小等方面的差异。结果库欣病男女患者性别比例为1∶4.92。男性发病年龄(28.34±10.87)岁,女性发病年龄(33.78±12.26)岁,差异无统计学意义( P =0.21)。男性患者在高血压、皮肤薄、紫纹、色素沉着、视力下降、视野缺损和骨质疏松及骨折的发生率明显高于女性患者(P <0.05)。女性患者的血促肾上腺皮质激素、清晨血皮质醇水平高于男性患者,男女库欣病患者的丙氨酸氨基转移酶水平均高于正常值1.6~2.0倍。男女患者肿瘤均以微腺瘤为主。结论垂体促肾上腺皮质激素腺瘤男性患者多于女性,部分临床表现与体征、激素水平、存在在不同性别患者之间存在差异。%Objective To explore clinical characteristics of patients with different gender in Cushing's disease .Methods Clinical data of 296 patients with Cushing's disease were collected from March 2008 to December 2013 and divided into male group and female group in Peking Union Hospital . The gender differences of patients with Cushing's disease were statistically analyzed in demography ,clin‐ical manifestation ,endocrine features laboratory tests and tumor size .Results Sex ratio for patients with Cushing's disease for men and women was 1∶4 .92 .There was no statistically significant differences in the age of presentation between genders (the mean age at presentation was 28 .34 ± 10 .87 years old for male and 33 .78 ± 12 .26 years old for female ,P> 0 .05) .The sexual differences of most common clinical features are statistically different , such as hypertension , skin

  5. Activation of the dopamine receptor type-2 (DRD2) promoter by 9-cis retinoic acid in a cellular model of Cushing's disease mediates the inhibition of cell proliferation and ACTH secretion without a complete corticotroph-to-melanotroph transdifferentiation.

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    Occhi, Gianluca; Regazzo, Daniela; Albiger, Nora Maria; Ceccato, Filippo; Ferasin, Sergio; Scanarini, Massimo; Denaro, Luca; Cosma, Chiara; Plebani, Mario; Cassarino, Maria Francesca; Mantovani, Giovanna; Stalla, Günter K; Pecori Giraldi, Francesca; Paez-Pareda, Marcelo; Scaroni, Carla

    2014-09-01

    Cushing's disease (CD) is a rare condition in which hypercortisolemia is secondary to excessive ACTH release from a pituitary corticotroph adenoma. CD is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and a safe therapy that effectively targets the pituitary tumor is still lacking. Retinoic acid (RA) and dopamine agonists (DAs) have recently been considered as monotherapy in CD patients, and satisfactory results have been reported, albeit in a limited number of patients. Given the permissive role of RA on the dopamine receptor type-2 (DRD2), the aim of the present study was to see whether a combination of 9-cis RA and the DA bromocriptine (Br) might represent a possible treatment for CD. Here we show that 9-cis RA induces a functional DRD2 in the pituitary corticotroph cell line AtT20, and increases cell sensitivity to Br via a mechanism only partially related to corticotroph-to-melanotroph transdifferentiation. In addition, 9-cis RA and Br act synergistically to modulate cell viability, with favorable implications for clinical use. In nearly 45% of corticotropinoma-derived primary cultures, the combined administration of 9-cis RA and Br lowered the steady-state level of the ACTH precursor proopiomelanocortin (POMC) more efficiently than either of the drugs alone. In conclusion, the effects of a combination of 9-cis RA and Br on ACTH synthesis/secretion and cell viability in AtT20, and on POMC transcriptional activity in human corticotropinomas might represent a suitable starting point for assessing the potential of this treatment regimen for ACTH-secreting pituitary adenomas. This study thus has potentially important implications for novel therapeutic approaches to CD.

  6. Acne and systemic disease.

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    Lolis, Margarita S; Bowe, Whitney P; Shalita, Alan R

    2009-11-01

    Acne is the most common disease of the skin. It affects 85% of teenagers, 42.5% of men, and 50.9% of women between the ages of 20 and 30 years.96,97 The role of hormones, particularly as a trigger of sebum production and sebaceous growth and differentiation, is well known. Excess production of hormones, specifically androgens, GH, IGF-1, insulin, CRH, and glucocorticoids, is associated with increased rates of acne development. Acne may be a feature in many endocrine disorders, including polycystic ovary disease, Cushing syndrome, CAH, androgen-secreting tumors, and acromegaly. Other nonendocrine diseases associated with acne include Apert syndrome, SAPHO syndrome, Behçet syndrome and PAPA syndrome. Acne medicamentosa is the development of acne vulgaris or an acneiform eruption with the use of certain medications. These medications include testosterone, progesterone,steroids, lithium, phenytoin, isoniazid, vitamins B2, B6, and B12, halogens, and epidermal growth factor inhibitors. Management of acne medicamentosa includes standard acne therapy. Discontinuation of the offending drug may be necessary in recalcitrant cases. Basic therapeutic interventions for acne include topical therapy, systemic antibiotics,hormonal agents, isotretinoin, and physical treatments. Generally, the severity of acne lesions determines the type of acne regimen necessary. The emergence of drug-resistant P acnes and adverse side effects are current limitations to effective acne management.

  7. High Prolidase Levels may be a Marker of Irreversible Extracellular Matrix Changes in Controlled Acromegaly Patients?

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    Tabur, S; Sezen, H; Korkmaz, H; Ozkaya, M; Akarsu, E

    2016-02-01

    The present study aimed to evaluate the activity of prolidase in controlled acromegaly patients and its association with oxidative stress. 25 acromegalic patients in remission who were followed in our outpatient clinic and 31 healthy controls were enrolled in the study. Serum growth hormone (GH), insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), total antioxidative status (TAS), total oxidative stress (TOS), total free sulfhydryl (-SH), paraoxonase (PON), arylesterase (ARE), lipid hydroperoxide (LOOH) and prolidase activity levels were measured. Percent ratio of TOS to TAS level was accepted as oxidative stress index (OSI). Serum prolidase activity, TOS, OSI, and LOOH levels were significantly higher in acromegaly patients compared to the healthy control group (pacromegaly patients compared to the healthy control group (p=0.002). Prolidase activity were positively correlated with TOS, OSI, LOOH and negatively correlated with -SH in patients with acromegaly (r=0.471, pacromegaly patients. These results suggest that extracellular matrix changes continue eventhough the disease is controlled, and elevated oxidative stress is involved in the increased prolidase activity in acromegaly patients.

  8. Cost-effectiveness of lanreotide Autogel in treatment algorithms of acromegaly.

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    Biermasz, Nienke R; Roelfsema, Ferdinand; Pereira, Alberto M; Romijn, Johannes A

    2009-06-01

    The introduction of effective pharmacological treatments has changed the management of acromegaly. However, chronic, life-long treatment with somatostatin analogues and/or growth hormone receptor antagonists is very expensive. We estimated the costs of treatment algorithms to control acromegaly from a Dutch perspective. We used the following assumptions: after the diagnosis of acromegaly there is a mean remaining lifespan of approximately 33 years; the success rates of surgery and somatostatin analogues in controlling the disease are approximately 60%; and the lifelong costs of different algorithms to control acromegaly in 100 patients ranged from 43 million euros (primary surgery and secondary somatostatin analogues) to 57 million euros (primary somatostatin analogues and secondary surgery) and even reached 95 million euros (medical treatment only). In algorithms that include trans-sphenoidal surgery, the lifetime treatment costs are almost 46-59% cheaper per 100 patients than in algorithms with medical treatment but without trans-sphenoidal surgery. Algorithms with primary surgery and secondary somatostatin analogs are 30% cheaper per 100 patients than algorithms with primary somatostatin analogues and secondary surgery. Per 100 patients, algorithms including lanreotide Autogel are 14-34% more expensive than algorithms including octreotide long-acting release. These life-long costs should be taken into consideration when making choices between treatment algorithms.

  9. Prevalence of colonic polyp and its predictors in patients with acromegaly

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    Agarwal, Purnima; Rai, Praveer; Jain, Manoj; Mishra, Shambhavi; Singh, Uttam; Gupta, Sushil Kumar

    2016-01-01

    Background: There are conflicting data regarding the prevalence of colorectal polyp in patients with acromegaly. Subjects and Methods: Consecutive forty-seven acromegalic patients (21 men, 26 women), with a mean age of (40 ± 12 years) attending endocrinology outpatient department underwent full colonoscopy. All the patients underwent clinical and biochemical evaluation (glucose suppressed growth hormone (GH), Insulin-like growth factor-1 [IGF-1], fasting insulin, and glucose). The control group (n = 120) for colonoscopy was adult subjects undergoing evaluation for symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Clinical and biochemical parameters in acromegalic patients with colonic polyp were compared to those without a polyp. Results: Patients with acromegaly had significantly higher prevalence of colonic polyp as compared to control subjects (10.6% vs. 0.8%). None of the patients with polyp had skin tags. There was no significant difference between subjects with and without colonic polyp in duration of illness, basal, and glucose-suppressed GH and most recent IGF-1. Fasting blood sugar was significantly higher (P acromegaly as compared to control have a higher prevalence of colonic polyps. There was no association of polyps seen with age, BMI, skin tags, homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance index, duration of disease, and basal and glucose-suppressed GH and IGF-1 levels. There were no specific predictive factors detected. Screening full colonoscopy is recommended in all cases with acromegaly. PMID:27366708

  10. [The medical management of Cushing's syndrome].

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    Leal-Cerro, Alfonso; Soto Moreno, Alfonso; Mangas, Miguel Angel; León Justel, Antonio; Webb, Susan

    2009-04-01

    Cushing's syndrome results from prolonged exposure to excessive circulating glucocorticosteroids and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. While the treatment of choice in most patients is surgical, the metabolic consequences of this syndrome, including hypertension and diabetes mellitus, increase the risks of such surgery. Hypercortisolemia and its sequelae can be efficiently reversed or controlled using medical therapy, either as a temporary measure prior to definitive treatment or as a longer-term treatment in some particularly difficult cases. Drug treatment has been targeted at the hypothalamic/pituitary level, the adrenal glands and at glucocorticoid receptors. The present review discusses the pharmacotherapeutic agents that have been used in Cushing's syndrome and the criteria for their use, as well as recent drugs that may improve the medical treatment of this complex endocrinological disorder in the future. Finally, the short-and long-term follow-up of patients with Cushing's syndrome after surgery is also discussed.

  11. Diabetic ketoacidosis in a patient with acromegaly, a case report

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    O. Akha

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Although impaired glucose tolerance affects 36% and overt diabetes mellitus can be seen in 30% of cases with acromegaly, diabetic ketoacidosis is rarely reported in patients with this disease. We present an unusual complication of acromegaly: a 22 year old woman with amenorrhea (6 month ago and blurred vision of left eye (4 month ago referred to Ghaem neurology clinic in Mashhad. With a growth hormone (GH level of =100ng/ml, Insulin like growth factor-1 (IGF-1 =1560 ng/ml and pituitary macro adenoma in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, she was candidated for surgery. A few hours before surgery she had dyspnea, loss of consciousness, fever and with blood sugar (BS =500 mg/ml, Hco3=2.4, PH=7.06 and keton in urine. Diabetic ketoacidosis was diagnosed. The patient was treated with high dose of insulin (500 IU/day and hydration. After octerotide administration the need for insulin decreased and after pituitary adenectomy, there was no need for insulin therapy and the patient was discharged on metformin (one tablet per day.

  12. Active acromegaly enhances spontaneous parathyroid hormone pulsatility.

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    Mazziotti, Gherardo; Cimino, Vincenzo; De Menis, Ernesto; Bonadonna, Stefania; Bugari, Giovanna; De Marinis, Laura; Veldhuis, Johannes D; Giustina, Andrea

    2006-06-01

    In healthy subjects, parathyroid hormone (PTH) is secreted in a dual fashion, with low-amplitude and high-frequency pulses superimposed on tonic secretion. These 2 components of PTH secretion seem to have different effects on target organs. The aim of our study was to evaluate whether growth hormone excess in acromegaly may modify the spontaneous pulsatility of PTH. Five male patients with newly diagnosed active acromegaly and 8 healthy subjects were evaluated by 3-minute blood sampling for 6 hours. Plasma PTH concentrations were evaluated by multiparameter deconvolution analysis. Plasma PTH release profiles were also subjected to an approximate entropy (ApEn) estimate, which provides an ensemble measure of the serial regularity or orderliness of the release process. In acromegalic patients, baseline serum PTH values were not significantly different from those measured in the healthy subjects, as well as tonic PTH secretion rate, number of bursts, fractional pulsatile PTH secretion, and ApEn ratio. Conversely, PTH pulse half-duration was significantly longer in acromegalic patients vs healthy subjects (11.8+/-0.95 vs 6.9+/-1.6 minutes; P=.05), whereas PTH pulse mass showed a tendency (P=.06) to be significantly greater in acromegalic patients. These preliminary data suggest that growth hormone excess may affect PTH secretory dynamics in patients with acromegaly. Potentially negative bone effects of the modifications of PTH secretory pattern in acromegaly should be investigated.

  13. Gigantism and Acromegaly Due to Xq26 Microduplications and GPR101 Mutation

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    Trivellin, G.; Daly, A.F.; Faucz, F.R.; Yuan, B.; Rostomyan, L.; Larco, D.O.; Schernthaner-Reiter, M.H.; Szarek, E.; Leal, L.F.; Caberg, J.-H.; Castermans, E.; Villa, C.; Dimopoulos, A.; Chittiboina, P.; Xekouki, P.; Shah, N.; Metzger, D.; Lysy, P.A.; Ferrante, E.; Strebkova, N.; Mazerkina, N.; Zatelli, M.C.; Lodish, M.; Horvath, A.; de Alexandre, R. Bertollo; Manning, A.D.; Levy, I.; Keil, M.F.; de la Luz Sierra, M.; Palmeira, L.; Coppieters, W.; Georges, M.; Naves, L.A.; Jamar, M.; Bours, V.; Wu, T.J.; Choong, C.S.; Bertherat, J.; Chanson, P.; Kamenický, P.; Farrell, W.E.; Barlier, A.; Quezado, M.; Bjelobaba, I.; Stojilkovic, S.S.; Wess, J.; Costanzi, S.; Liu, P.; Lupski, J.R.; Beckers, A.; Stratakis, C.A.

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    BACKGROUND Increased secretion of growth hormone leads to gigantism in children and acromegaly in adults; the genetic causes of gigantism and acromegaly are poorly understood. METHODS We performed clinical and genetic studies of samples obtained from 43 patients with gigantism and then sequenced an implicated gene in samples from 248 patients with acromegaly. RESULTS We observed microduplication on chromosome Xq26.3 in samples from 13 patients with gigantism; of these samples, 4 were obtained from members of two unrelated kindreds, and 9 were from patients with sporadic cases. All the patients had disease onset during early childhood. Of the patients with gigantism who did not carry an Xq26.3 microduplication, none presented before the age of 5 years. Genomic characterization of the Xq26.3 region suggests that the microduplications are generated during chromosome replication and that they contain four protein-coding genes. Only one of these genes, GPR101, which encodes a G-protein–coupled receptor, was overexpressed in patients’ pituitary lesions. We identified a recurrent GPR101 mutation (p.E308D) in 11 of 248 patients with acromegaly, with the mutation found mostly in tumors. When the mutation was transfected into rat GH3 cells, it led to increased release of growth hormone and proliferation of growth hormone–producing cells. CONCLUSIONS We describe a pediatric disorder (which we have termed X-linked acrogigantism [X-LAG]) that is caused by an Xq26.3 genomic duplication and is characterized by early-onset gigantism resulting from an excess of growth hormone. Duplication of GPR101 probably causes X-LAG. We also found a recurrent mutation in GPR101 in some adults with acromegaly. (Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and others.) PMID:25470569

  14. Acromegaly incidence, prevalence, complications and long-term prognosis

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    Dal, Jakob; Feldt-Rasmussen, Ulla; Andersen, Marianne;

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    DESIGN: Valid data on acromegaly incidence, complications and mortality are scarce. The Danish Health Care System enables nationwide studies with complete follow-up and linkage among health-related databases to assess acromegaly incidence, prevalence, complications and mortality in a population......-based cohort study. METHOD: All incident cases of acromegaly in Denmark (1991-2010) were identified from health registries and validated by chart review. We estimated the annual incidence rate of acromegaly per 10(6) person-years (py) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs). For every patient, 10 persons were...... (HR: 2.1 (95% CI: 1.6-2.6)). The complication risk was also increased before the diagnosis of acromegaly. Overall mortality risk was elevated (HR: 1.3 (95% CI: 1.0-1.7)) but uninfluenced by treatment modality. CONCLUSION: (i) The incidence rate and age at diagnosis of acromegaly have been stable over...

  15. A dangerous Cushing response in a child: neurogenic heart damage.

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    Ruggieri, Francesco; Calvi, Maria Rosa; Beretta, Luigi

    2014-04-01

    Cushing response, which acts to preserve cerebral blood flow by inducing arterial hypertension, could induce neurogenic heart damage through hyperactivation of autonomic nervous system. Most of clinical reports describe neurogenic heart damage as a self-limiting condition clinically characterized by electrocardiographic abnormalities in the setting of an acute neurologic insult. Here we describe a case of life-threatening cardiac dysfunction immediately after a massive intracerebral hemorrhage in a healthy 7-year-old child. The low probability of ischemic heart disease, the poor increase of cardiac necrosis markers, the localization of regional wall motion abnormalities that are not typical for coronary artery disease, and reversibility after brain surgical decompression are consistent all with neurogenic heart damage. Acute decrease of brain oxygen delivery caused by cardiac dysfunction worsens secondary brain injury in the setting of an acute neurologic insult. Thus, Cushing response, which is a physiological mechanism of cerebral protection, could become a double-edged sword when massive sympathetic activation makes the myocardium stunned.

  16. A specific nursing educational program in patients with Cushing's syndrome.

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    Martínez-Momblán, M Antonia; Gómez, Carmen; Santos, Alicia; Porta, Nuria; Esteve, Julia; Úbeda, Inmaculada; Halperin, Irene; Campillo, Beatriz; Guillaumet, Montserrat; Webb, Susan M; Resmini, Eugenia

    2016-07-01

    Cushing's syndrome (CS) is a rare endocrine disease, due to cortisol hypersecretion. CS patients have comorbidities, often still present after biochemical cure. Specific nursing healthcare programs to address this disease and achieve improved health related quality of life (HRQoL) are lacking. Thus, an educational nursing intervention, through the development and promotion of specific educational tools, appears to be justified. The objective of this study is to assess the effectiveness of an educational nursing program in CS patients on HRQoL, clinical parameters, level of pain and physical activity, patterns of rest, and use of health resources. A prospective, randomized study was conducted in two reference hospitals for CS. Sixty-one patients (mean age 47 ± 12.7 years, 83.6 % females) were enrolled and divided into 2 groups: an "intervention" group where educational sessions were performed over 9 months and a "control" group, without these sessions. Specific questionnaires were used at the beginning and end of the study. After educational sessions, the intervention group had a better score in the CushingQoL questionnaire (p educational nursing program improved physical activity, healthy lifestyle, better sleep patterns, and reduced pain in CS patients, influencing HRQoL and reducing consumption of health resources. Moreover, the brief nature of the program suggests it as a good candidate to be used in CS patients.

  17. Growth hormone modulation of arginine-induced glucagon release: studies of isolated growth hormone deficiency and acromegaly.

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    Seino, Y; Taminato, T; Goto, Y; Inoue, Y; Kadowaki, S; Hattori, M; Mori, K; Kato, Y; Matsukura, S; Imura, H

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    Plasma glucagon and insulin responses to L-arginine were compared in normal controls and patients with isolated growth hormone deficiency and acromegaly. Patients with isolated growth hormone deficiency were characterized by high plasma glucagon response and low plasma insulin response, whereas acromegalic patients showed exaggerated plasma glucagon response and almost normal insulin response. These results suggest that growth hormone is probably required for optimum function of the islets, and since hyperglucagonaemia was observed in both growth hormone deficiency and acromegaly, metabolic disturbances stemming from the respective primary diseases may affect glucagon secretion.

  18. Value of [18F] fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography in Diagnosis and Localization of Cushing's Disease%18F-脱氧葡萄糖正电子发射计算机断层显像在库欣病诊断和术前定位中的价值

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    程欣; 崔瑞雪; 潘慧; 袁涛; 朱惠娟; 李方

    2011-01-01

    目的 评价18F-脱氧葡萄糖(FDG)正电子发射计算机断层显像 (PET)/CT在库欣病定性和定位诊断中的价值.方法 12 例经口鼻蝶窦垂体腺瘤切除后病理证实为库欣病患者,术前行 FDG PET/CT躯干和脑显像,同期行鞍区核磁共振成像 (MRI)和奥曲肽全身显像,6例行岩下窦静脉取血 (IPSS).结果 12 例PET/CT 躯干显像均未见异常,脑显像对垂体病变诊断的阳性率为91.6%(11/12),MRI对垂体病变诊断的阳性率为66.7%(8/12),6例IPSS 中5例定位为垂体,定侧准确率为50%(3/6).结论 FDG PET/CT躯干显像可协助除外异位促肾上腺皮质激素综合征,而脑显像对库欣病定位的准确率明显高于MRI,尤其对MRI检查阴性和IPSS无法定位患者的术前诊断有重要意义.%Objective To explore the value of [ 18F ] fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose ( 18 FDG) positron emission tomography and computer tomography (PET/CT) in the qualitative diagnosis and localization of Cushing's disease. Methods Totally 12 patients underwent transsphenoidal adenomeetomy and were histopathologieally proven to be with Cushing's disease. 18FDG PET/CT whole-body and brain scannings were performed preoperatively; meanwhile, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and 99mTc-octreotide examination were done in all 12 cases, and inferior petrosal sinus sampling (IPSS) were done in 6 patients. Results The sensitivity of 18FDG in diagnosing Cushing's disease was 91.6% (11/12) , but URI was 66.7% (8/12). For the 6 patients who performed IPSS, 5 of them was diagnosed to be with Cushing's disease, and only 50% (3/6)were localized correctly in the pituitary gland. Conclusions 18FDG PET/CT whole-body scan can exclude ectopic adrenocorticotropin-secreting tumors, and localize the pituitary lesions with higher accuracy than MRI.Therefore, it is useful for suspected Cushing's disease, especially for patients their MRI and IPSS have negative or paradoxical results.

  19. A rare cause of Cushing's syndrome

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    Folkestad, Lars; Andersen, Marianne Skovsager; Nielsen, Anne Lerberg;

    2014-01-01

    Excess glucocorticoid levels cause Cushing's syndrome (CS) and may be due to pituitary, adrenal or ectopic tumours. Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels are useful in identifying adrenal tumours. In rare cases, ACTH-producing phaeochromocytomas are the cause of CS. We present two cases of ACTH...

  20. Cushing综合征33例回顾分析%Clinical Analysis of 33 Cases with Cushing's Syndrome

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    王浩

    2013-01-01

    目的回顾分析Cushing综合征的病因、临床表现、诊断和治疗方法。方法收集我院近10年的Cushing综合征患者资料,并进行回顾性分析。结果在本组病例中,Cushing综合征患者多表现为中心性肥胖、皮肤紫纹、高血压、低血钾等。病因诊断ACTH瘤占54.5%,肾上腺腺瘤占30%。治疗上多采用手术。结论ACTH瘤和肾上腺肿瘤是Cushing综合征最重要的病因。实验室检查中,除ATCH、Cor异常外,低血钾、血糖异常多见。%Objective To analyse the clinical and laboratory characteristics of Cushing's syndrome. Methods The clinical data of 33 cases with Cushing's syndrome from recent years were col ected and analysed. Results The characteristics of these patients include central obesity,hypertension and hypokalemia . Among the etiology ,Cushing disease and adrenal ademoma are 54.5% and 30%,respectively.The thepary involve surgery. Conclusion Cushing disease and adrenal ademoma are the most common cause of Cushing syndrom. Hypocalemia and glucose abnormal are often happen.

  1. Reduction of elevated IGF-1 levels in coincident amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and acromegaly.

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    Pereira, Erlick A C; Turner, Martin R; Wass, John A H; Talbot, Kevin

    2010-01-01

    We report a patient presenting with ALS in whom acromegaly was later confirmed. Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) has been tried in the treatment of ALS and despite equivocal results from clinical trials, efforts have continued to try to harness the significant positive effects on motor neuron growth observed in vitro and in survival of mouse models of the disease. One subsequent study has reported an association between higher circulating serum IGF-1 levels and longer disease duration in ALS patients. Concern therefore arose in our case that treatment of the acromegaly with a somatostatin analogue might adversely affect the natural course of his ALS through lowering of potentially beneficial IGF-1 levels. Through clinical observation and prognostic modelling we suggest that this concern was unfounded. The potential interaction of these two rarely coincident disorders in our patient is discussed.

  2. Lung carcinoid related Cushing's syndrome%肺类癌相关性库欣综合征

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    饶颖; 郑少雄

    2009-01-01

    肺类癌相关性库欣综合征为一罕见疾病,本文简要介绍了4例患者的临床体征、治疗等情况,以期对临床医生有所帮助.%Lung carcinoid related Cushing's syndrome(LCRCS)is a rare disease. This article sum-marizes the symptoms and treatments of four patients with LCRCS and helps the clinicians to distinguish this kind of disease from Cushing's syndrome.

  3. Multiple osteoblastomas in a child with Cushing syndrome due to bilateral adrenal micronodular hyperplasias

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    Yu, Hyeoh Won; Cho, Won Im; Choi, Keun Hee; Yun, Sumi; Cho, Hwan Seong; Shin, Choong Ho; Yang, Sei Won

    2016-01-01

    Adrenocorticotropin-independent adrenal hyperplasias are rare diseases, which are classified into macronodular (>1 cm) and micronodular (≤1 cm) hyperplasia. Micronodular adrenal hyperplasia is subdivided into primary pigmented adrenocortical disease and a limited or nonpigmented form 'micronodular adrenocortical disease (MAD)', although considerable morphological and genetic overlap is observed between the 2 groups. We present an unusual case of a 44-month-old girl who was diagnosed with Cushing syndrome due to MAD. She had presented with spotty pigmentation on her oral mucosa, lips and conjunctivae and was diagnosed with multiple bone tumors in her femur, pelvis and skull base at the age of 8 years. Her bone tumor biopsies were compatible with osteoblastoma. This case highlights the importance of verifying the clinicopathologic correlation in Cushing syndrome and careful follow-up and screening for associated diseases. PMID:27104180

  4. Cardiac effects of 3 months treatment of acromegaly evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging and B-type natriuretic peptides

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    Andreassen, Mikkel; Faber, Jens Oscar; Kjær, Andreas;

    2010-01-01

    Long-term treatment of acromegaly prevents aggravation and reverses associated heart disease. A previous study has shown a temporary increase in serum levels of the N-terminal fraction of pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) suggesting an initial decline in cardiac function when treatment...

  5. Total and free insulin-like growth factor I, insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3 and acid-labile subunit reflect clinical activity in acromegaly

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    Sneppen, S B; Lange, Merete Wolder; Pedersen, L M;

    2001-01-01

    The aim was to evaluate, markers of disease activity in acromegaly in relation to perceived disease activity. Thirty-seven consecutively treated, acromegalic patients, classified by clinical symptoms as inactive (n=16), slightly active (n=10) and active (n=11), entered the study. When evaluating......-like growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) with PV(pos) of 0.69 and 0.71 and PV(neg) of 0.91 and 0.92 respectively. We conclude that free IGF-I is more closely related than total IGF-I to perceived disease activity and is as such useful when evaluating previously treated acromegaly for disease activity...

  6. MRI of pituitary adenomas in acromegaly

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    Marro, B. [Service de Neuroradiologie, Batiment Babinsky, Hopital Salpetriere, 47, Bd de l`Hopital, F-75013 Paris (France); Zouaoui, A. [Service de Neuroradiologie, Batiment Babinsky, Hopital Salpetriere, 47, Bd de l`Hopital, F-75013 Paris (France); Sahel, M. [Service de Neuroradiologie, Batiment Babinsky, Hopital Salpetriere, 47, Bd de l`Hopital, F-75013 Paris (France); Crozat, N. [Service de Neuroradiologie, Batiment Babinsky, Hopital Salpetriere, 47, Bd de l`Hopital, F-75013 Paris (France); Gerber, S. [Service de Neuroradiologie, Batiment Babinsky, Hopital Salpetriere, 47, Bd de l`Hopital, F-75013 Paris (France); Sourour, N. [Service de Neuroradiologie, Batiment Babinsky, Hopital Salpetriere, 47, Bd de l`Hopital, F-75013 Paris (France); Sag, K. [Service de Neuroradiologie, Batiment Babinsky, Hopital Salpetriere, 47, Bd de l`Hopital, F-75013 Paris (France); Marsault, C. [Service de Neuroradiologie, Batiment Babinsky, Hopital Salpetriere, 47, Bd de l`Hopital, F-75013 Paris (France)

    1997-06-01

    Adenomas causing acromegaly represent at least a quarter of pituitary adenomas. We studied 12 patients presenting with active acromegaly due to a pituitary adenoma with a 1.5 T superconductive MRI unit. All had T1-weighted sagittal and coronal sections before and after Gd-DTPA; six had coronal T2-weighted images. Surgical correlation was obtained in seven patients. Histologically, there were eight growth hormone (GH)-secreting and three mixed [GH and prolactin (PRL) secreting] adenomas, and one secreting GH, PRL and follicle-stimulating hormone. Macroadenomas (10) were more frequent than microadenomas (2). No correlation was found between serum GH and tumour size. There were nine adenomas in the lateral part of the pituitary gland; seven showed lateral or infrasellar invasion. Homogeneous, isointense signal on T1- and T2-weighted images was observed in six cases. Heterogeneous adenomas had cystic or necrotic components. (orig.). With 5 figs., 3 tabs.

  7. Treatment of acromegaly by external irradiation

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    Macleod, A.F.; Clarke, D.G.; Pambakian, H.; Lowy, C.; Sonksen, P.H.; Collins, C.D. (Saint Thomas' Hospital, London (UK))

    1989-03-01

    Despite hypophysectomy as the primary treatment in acromegaly, external radiotherapy maintains a role as a relatively slow but effective therapy for inadequately treated patients or those unsuitable for operation. Over the last 25 years the authors' regimen has differed from published series in that they give a larger dose per fraction, with fewer treatments. They have analysed the efficacy and side-effects of this regimen in 27 subjects with acromegaly. Growth hormone levels have fallen by, on average, 27% per year in the first five years, 83% of subjects achieving a basal growth hormone of <10mU/1. The acute and chronic side-effects of irradiation are discussed, including the relevance of estimates of biological potency, for example Time Dose Fraction (TDF). One patient suffered visual loss that was most likely to be secondary to the radiotherapy. Histological appearances of the pituitary fossa in five subjects previously treated with radiotherapy are reported. (author).

  8. Acromegaly according to the Danish National Registry of Patients: how valid are ICD diagnoses and how do patterns of registration affect the accuracy of registry data?

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    Full Text Available Jakob Dal,1 Nikolaj Skou,1 Eigil Husted Nielsen,2 Jens Otto Lunde Jørgensen,1 Lars Pedersen3 1Department of Endocrinology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, 2Department of Endocrinology, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, 3Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark Background: The incidence of acromegaly is uncertain, since population-based studies are few. In the absence of a specific acromegaly registry, the Danish National Registry of Patients (DNRP becomes a potential source of data for studying the epidemiology of acromegaly, by linking all hospital discharge diagnoses to the personal identification numbers of individual Danish inhabitants. The validity of the DNRP with respect to acromegaly, however, remains to be tested. The aim of this study was to validate the International Classification of Diseases (ICD codes for acromegaly (ICD-8: 25300, 25301. ICD-10: E22.0 as used in the DNRP, and to assess the influence of various registration patterns on the accuracy of registry data. Methods: We identified patients registered with ICD codes for the diagnosis of acromegaly or other pituitary disorders during the period 1991–2009. Data on the institutional origin of each registration and the number of relevant DNRP registrations were recorded, and systematic patient chart reviews were performed to confirm the diagnosis. Results: In total, 110 cases of acromegaly were confirmed, compared with 275 registered cases, yielding a positive predictive value (PPV of 40%. When restricting the search to the regional highly specialized department of endocrinology, the PPV increased to 53% with no loss of cases with confirmed acromegaly. With a requirement of at least one, two, or three DNRP registrations, the PPV increased, but with a concurrent loss of confirmed cases. Conclusion: The DNRP seems to be a useful source for identifying new cases of acromegaly, especially when restricting the search to a relevant

  9. Binswanger's Disease

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  13. Ruptured chordae tendineae in acromegaly. An autopsy case.

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    Kaku, T; Nakashima, Y; Ichiyasu, H; Soejima, M; Baba, K; Kuroiwa, A

    1991-07-01

    A 57-year-old woman with acromegaly associated with mitral chordal rupture is reported. She was noted to have abnormal development in the size of her hands and feet in childhood. She occasionally suffered from shortness of breath on exertion and nocturnal dyspnea for several years, and was diagnosed and treated as having congestive heart failure due to valvular heart disease. On admission to our hospital, chordal rupture was suspected on the basis of M-mode and two-dimensional echocardiography. Seven years after discharge, she died of congestive heart failure. On autopsy, the heart weight and ventricular wall thickness were increased. Rupture of the posterior chordae was confirmed, but evidence of an old myocardial infarction was not found. There was severe interstitial fibrosis in the left ventricular wall. A possible etiology of the chordal rupture in this case was thought to be the excessive stretching caused by the disproportional visceromegaly of the heart.

  14. Glioblastoma multiforme after radiotherapy for acromegaly

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    Piatt, J.H. Jr.; Blue, J.M.; Schold, S.C. Jr.; Burger, P.C.

    1983-07-01

    A case of glioblastoma multiforme that occurred 14 years after radiotherapy for acromegaly is presented. The striking correspondence between the anatomy of the tumor and the geometry of the radiation ports is suggestive of a causal relationship. Previously reported cases of radiation-associated glioma are reviewed, and a brief appraisal of the evidence for induction of these lesions by radiation is presented. The differentiation of radiation-associated neoplasms from radionecrosis is also discussed.

  15. [Carcinoma of the hypophysis with acromegaly].

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    Dusková, J; Chlumská, A; Vilikusová, E; Marek, J; Sprincl, L

    1984-08-01

    A 38-year old man deceased after being operated on recurring pituitary adenoma removed 13 years ago. Autopsy showed a massive spread of tumour on dura and in subarachnoid space. Growth hormone producing cells were found prevailing in the primary tumour as well as in secondaries by immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence which concurred with acromegaly. Many cells produced prolactin. The tumour spreading discontinually in subdural and subarachnoid space was taken for a carcinoma.

  16. [Myopathy in acromegaly. Report of two cases].

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    Abe, M; Tabuchi, K; Fujii, K; Oda, K; Ishimoto, S

    1990-10-01

    Acromegaly is often associated with neuromuscular disorders. Most of them are caused by compression of nerves with hypertrophic bone and soft tissues or complications of diabetes mellitus. Myopathy has rarely been reported in the Japanese literature. We report two cases with myopathy out of 14 cases of acromegaly. Case 1 is a 62-year-old woman who developed muscle weakness and atrophy in the shoulder girdle, pelvic girdle and femoral regions after a 10-year history of acromegaly. She showed positive Gowers' sign and normal DTRs. Basal growth hormone (GH) level in plasma was 1076 ng/ml. Electromyograms (EMG) obtained from the deltoid and rectus femoris muscles revealed typical myopathic abnormalities; an excess of small-amplitude, short-duration, polyphasic motor unit potentials. Histological examinations of the rectus femoris muscle showed diffuse atrophy of both type I and type II fibers. She also had bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and bilateral tarsal tunnel syndrome, which were confirmed by nerve conduction studies of median nerves and posterior tibial nerves. A cranial computed tomography (CT) scan demonstrated sellar mass with suprasellar extension. She underwent transsphenoidal adenomectomy and radiation therapy. GH level lowered to 29 ng/ml, however, myopathy remained unchanged for 3 years after the surgery. Case 2 is a 38-year-old woman who had undergone partial removal of a pituitary adenoma 9 years after the onset of acromegaly. Basal GH level in plasma before the surgery had been 1694 ng/ml and was still high after the surgery (100-505 ng/ml). The patient developed proximal muscle weakness and atrophy 4 years after the surgery.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  17. A consensus on criteria for cure of acromegaly

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    A. Giustina (Andrea); P. Chanson (Philippe); M.D. Bronstein; A. Klibanski; S.W.J. Lamberts (Steven); F.F. Casanueva; P. Trainer; E. Ghigo (Ezio); K.K.Y. Ho; S. Melmed (Shlomo)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractObjective: The Acromegaly Consensus Group met in April 2009 to revisit the guidelines on criteria for cure as defined in 2000. Participants: Participants included 74 neurosurgeons and endocrinologists with extensive experience of treating acromegaly. Evidence/Consensus Process: Relevant

  18. Combined treatment of somatostatin analogues with pegvisomant in acromegaly

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    S.E. Franck; A. Muhammad; A-J. van der Lely (Aart-Jan); S.J.C.M.M. Neggers (Bas)

    2016-01-01

    textabstractTreatment of acromegaly with monotherapy long-acting somatostatin analogues (LA-SSA) as primary treatment or after neurosurgery can only achieve complete normalization of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) in roughly 40 % of patients. Recently, one of the acromegaly consensus groups ha

  19. Depression in acromegaly treated with escitalopram and cognitive therapy

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    De Sousa Avinash

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Depression is one of the commonest disorders encountered in general hospital psychiatry. Acromegaly is a condition with excessive growth hormone secretion that may at times present with oversychopathology. We present the case of a 33-year-old lady with depression and acromegaly that successfully resolved after treatment with escitalopram and cognitive therapy.

  20. [Current diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly].

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    Melgar, Virgilio; Espinosa, Etual; Cuenca, Dalia; Valle, Vanessa; Mercado, Moisés

    2015-01-01

    Acromegaly is a rare condition characterized by the excessive secretion of growth hormone (GH), usually by a pituitary adenoma. The clinical manifestations of acromegaly include enlarged hands, feet and face, headaches, arthralgias, fatigue and hyperhydrosis. This condition is also associated with comorbidities such as hypertension and diabetes in a significant proportion of patients and frequently compromises life quality and life expectancy. The biochemical diagnosis of acromegaly rests on the demonstration of an autonomous secretion of GH by means of the measurement of glucose-suppressed GH levels and the serum concentration of insulin like growth factor type 1 (IGF-1). The localizing method of choice is magnetic resonance image of the selar area, which in 70 % of the cases reveals the presence of a macroadenoma. Even though the primary treatment is usually the transsphenoidal resection of the adenoma, the majority of patients require a multimodal intervention that includes radiotherapy, as well as pharmacological therapy with somatostatin analogs and dopamine agonists. The latter approach has resulted in a significant reduction in mortality and in an improvement in the quality of life.

  1. Elevated circulating somatostatin levels in acromegaly.

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    Arosio, M; Porretti, S; Epaminonda, P; Giavoli, C; Gebbia, C; Penati, C; Beck-Peccoz, P; Peracchi, M

    2003-06-01

    GH increases hypothalamic somatostatin (SS) synthesis and secretion but it is unknown if chronic GH excess, as found in acromegaly, may influence circulating SS levels, that are mainly of enteropancreatic source and affect several gastrointestinal functions, including motility. Circulating SS occurs in several post-translational forms including somatostatin-14 (SS-14), somatostatin-28 (SS-28) and other small peptides. The aim of the present study was to characterize the fasting and postprandial pattern of plasma circulating somatostatin in normal subjects and patients with acromegaly. Fasting total SS and SS-28 levels were measured in 32 subjects, 16 acromegalic patients with a new diagnosis (A) (8 F, 8 M, median age 48) and 16 matched healthy volunteers (C) (8 F, 8 M, median age 45). SS was also determined after a standard solid-liquid meal (550 kCal) in 24 of the subjects (12 C and 12 A). Fasting SS and SS-28 were significantly higher in acromegalic patients as compared to healthy subjects. In the former, a positive correlation was found between IGF-I and SS levels (r = 0.525 p acromegaly. Excess GH/IGF-I could be a causal factor in somatostatin hypersecretion. Conceivably this abnormality might play a role in some alterations of gastrointestinal function of acromegalic patients such as prolonged bowel transit.

  2. Combination of Klinefelter Syndrome and Acromegaly

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    Fang, Hongjuan; Xu, Jian; Wu, Huanwen; Fan, Hong; Zhong, Liyong

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Klinefelter syndrome (KS) is the most common chromosomal aneuploidy in male population, which demonstrates an unusual association with acromegaly. We herein present a rare case involving the confirmation of KS 2 years after surgical treatment for acromegaly. A 27-year-old man presented with an acromegalic appearance. Endocrinological examination revealed a high growth hormone (GH) concentration, low testosterone concentration, and high follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone concentration. Brain imaging revealed a 9 × 6 × 7− mm sellar low-density nodule suggestive of a microadenoma. Trans-sphenoidal surgery was undertaken, and immunohistochemistry revealed GH positivity. Two years after surgery, the patient underwent examination for infertility. He presented with diminished pubic hair, and small and firm testes. Hormonal assay revealed hypergonadotrophic hypogonadism on the basis of decreased serum total testosterone (acromegaly is rare, and the association between them remains unclear, we suggest that complete pituitary hormonal screening and conventional pituitary MRI should be essential for patients with KS to screen for pituitary tumor. PMID:27124035

  3. The Role of Radiotherapy in Acromegaly.

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    Hannon, Mark J; Barkan, Ariel L; Drake, William M

    2016-01-01

    Radiotherapy has, historically, played a central role in the management of acromegaly, and the last 30 years have seen substantial improvements in the technology used in the delivery of radiation therapy. More recently, the introduction of highly targeted radiotherapy, or 'radiosurgery', has further increased the therapeutic options available in the management of secretory pituitary tumors. Despite these developments, improvements in primary surgical outcomes, an increase in the range and effectiveness of medical therapy options, and long-term safety concerns have combined to dictate that, although still deployed in selected cases, the use of radiotherapy in the management of acromegaly has declined steadily over the past 2 decades. In this article, we review some of the main studies that have documented the efficacy of pituitary radiotherapy on growth hormone hypersecretion and summarize the data around its potential deleterious effects, including hypopituitarism, cranial nerve damage, and the development of radiation-related intracerebral tumors. We also give practical recommendations to guide its future use in patients with acromegaly, generally, as a third-line intervention after neurosurgical intervention in combination with various medical therapy options.

  4. Current pharmacotherapy for acromegaly: a review.

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    Biermasz, Nienke R; Romijn, Johannes A; Pereira, Alberto M; Roelfsema, Ferdinand

    2005-11-01

    Acromegaly is associated with considerable morbidity and excess mortality; however, after effective treatment, both morbidity and mortality risks improve. Growth hormone excess in acromegaly can be controlled in many patients by pharmacotherapy alone, and with a combination of transsphenoidal surgery and pharmacotherapy in almost all patients. Since the clinical introduction of pegvisomant, a growth hormone-receptor antagonist, the role of radiotherapy is restricted. This review focuses on the treatment options for acromegaly (e.g., surgery, radiotherapy and pharmacotherapy with the depot preparations of the somatostatin analogues octreotide long-acting release formulation, lanreotide slow-release formulation and lanreotide Autogel, the growth hormone antagonist pegvisomant and the dopamine agonist cabergoline). Pharmacological characteristics of these drugs and the clinical and adverse effects are discussed individually and in relation to the other treatment modalities. The evidence for biochemical goals aimed at during medical treatment and the costs of pharmacotherapy are discussed. A new treatment algorithm is proposed, in which the choice between primary medical treatment and primary surgery is individualised, dependent on adenoma size and extension, patient factors (age, preference for therapy, contraindication for surgery), surgical experience of the centre and octreotide sensitivity of the adenoma. The high cost of lifelong medical treatment, especially of pegvisomant, must be weighed against the cost of a single surgical procedure.

  5. Spontaneous acromegaly: a retrospective case control study in German shepherd dogs.

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    Fracassi, F; Zagnoli, L; Rosenberg, D; Furlanello, T; Caldin, M

    2014-10-01

    Acromegaly results from the overproduction of growth hormone in adulthood and is characterised by overgrowth of soft tissue and/or bone as well as insulin resistance. There are few data indicating the risk factors associated with this disease in dogs or its clinicopathological features and sequelae. The objective of this retrospective study was to catalogue and assess these aspects of the disease in German shepherd dogs (GSDs) which were found to be over-represented among acromegalic dogs attending two veterinary referral clinics over a period of 7 years. Each acromegalic dog (AD) was compared with two breed/age/sex matched controls. Clinical signs of acromegaly included panting, polyuria/polydipsia, widened interdental spaces, weakness, inspiratory stridor, macroglossia, weight gain, redundant skin folds, thick coat, exophthalmos and mammary masses. Serum alkaline phosphatase, creatine-kinase, glucose, triglyceride, phosphate ion, and 'calcium per phosphate product' concentrations were significantly higher in acromegalic animals while haemoglobin concentration, blood urea nitrogen, sodium and chloride ion concentrations, and urinary specific gravity, osmolality and fractional excretion of phosphate were significantly lower. Although, in the majority of cases clinicopathological abnormalities resolved following ovariohysterectomy, in one dog, acromegalic signs abated and insulin-like growth factor-1 concentrations normalised only following the surgical excision of mammary tumours carried out 2 months after ovariohysterectomy. The findings of this study indicate that GSDs are predisposed to the development of acromegaly with a suspected inherited susceptibility.

  6. 5 Long-term acromegaly and associated cardiovascular complications: a case-based review.

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    Colao, Annamaria

    2009-12-01

    Because growth hormone and IGF-1 both have regulatory roles in the cardiovascular system, patients with acromegaly often present with abnormalities of heart structure and function and the vascular system, which if left unmanaged can reduce life expectancy. Early symptoms of acromegalic cardiomyopathy (hyperkinetic syndrome) can be characterized by cardiac hypertrophy, increased heart rate, and increased systolic output. When left untreated, more pronounced hypertrophy, signs of diastolic dysfunction and insufficient systolic function on exertion arise, and can lead to systolic dysfunction at rest, and eventually heart failure with signs of dilative cardiomyopathy. Increasingly, evidence suggests that early diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly (before the age of 40 years) can help prevent the progression of cardiovascular disease, improve quality of life, and reduce the risk of premature mortality. This review focuses on management strategies for newly diagnosed patients with acromegaly and evidence of cardiovascular disease. The roles of surgery and medical treatment are discussed in the context of using optimal treatment strategies to help reverse cardiac hypertrophy and normalize other cardiac risk factors.

  7. Polycythemia as rare secondary direct manifestation of acromegaly: management and single-centre epidemiological data.

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    Zoppoli, Gabriele; Bianchi, Federico; Bruzzone, Andrea; Calvia, Alessandro; Oneto, Caterina; Passalia, Caterina; Balleari, Enrico; Bedognetti, Davide; Ponomareva, Elena; Nazzari, Elena; Castelletti, Lara; Castellan, Lucio; Minuto, Francesco; Ghio, Riccardo; Ferone, Diego

    2012-06-01

    Polycythemia associated with acromegaly is usually caused by the systemic manifestations of the disease, such as sleep-apnea or concomitant erythropoietin-secreting kidney tumors. The recognition of underlying pathologies requires a thorough diagnostic process. We report a unique case of acromegaly with polycythemia, not caused by commonly described manifestations of the disease, and receding with octreotide therapy. The medical history of 141 acromegalic patients followed by the Endocrinology Unit of the San Martino University Hospital in Genoa has been also reviewed, together with the literature evidence for similar cases. The diagnostic workflow and 2-years follow-up of a 43-years old acromegalic, polycythemic man with a history of past smoking, moderate hypertension, and mental retardation are described. The hematological parameters of our cohort was retrospectively compared with those of a healthy, age/gender-related control group as well. Therapy with octreotide LAR, 20 mg i.m. q28d was begun soon after diagnosis of acromegaly in the polycythemic patient. Haematocrit level, hormonal setting, as well as pituitary tumor size and visual perimetry during treatment were recorded. Octreotide LAR treatment normalized hormonal alterations, as well as hematological parameters. Polycythemia has not recurred after 2 years of therapy. The median hemoglobin and hematocrit levels of the retrospectively analyzed cohort of acromegalic were significantly lower than normal ranges of a healthy, age/sex- related control population. In conclusions, polycythemia can be a direct, albeit rare, secondary manifestation of acromegaly, that must be considered during the diagnostic work-up of acromegalic patients presenting with such disorder.

  8. Increased Population Risk of AIP‐Related Acromegaly and Gigantism in Ireland

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    Radian, Serban; Diekmann, Yoan; Gabrovska, Plamena; Holland, Brendan; Bradley, Lisa; Wallace, Helen; Stals, Karen; Bussell, Anna‐Marie; McGurren, Karen; Cuesta, Martin; Ryan, Anthony W.; Herincs, Maria; Hernández‐Ramírez, Laura C.; Holland, Aidan; Samuels, Jade; Aflorei, Elena Daniela; Barry, Sayka; Dénes, Judit; Pernicova, Ida; Stiles, Craig E.; Trivellin, Giampaolo; McCloskey, Ronan; Ajzensztejn, Michal; Abid, Noina; Akker, Scott A.; Mercado, Moises; Cohen, Mark; Thakker, Rajesh V.; Baldeweg, Stephanie; Barkan, Ariel; Musat, Madalina; Levy, Miles; Orme, Stephen M.; Unterländer, Martina; Burger, Joachim; Kumar, Ajith V.; Ellard, Sian; McPartlin, Joseph; McManus, Ross; Linden, Gerard J.; Atkinson, Brew; Balding, David J.; Agha, Amar; Thompson, Chris J.; Hunter, Steven J.; Thomas, Mark G.; Morrison, Patrick J.

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    ABSTRACT The aryl hydrocarbon receptor interacting protein (AIP) founder mutation R304* (or p.R304*; NM_003977.3:c.910C>T, p.Arg304Ter) identified in Northern Ireland (NI) predisposes to acromegaly/gigantism; its population health impact remains unexplored. We measured R304* carrier frequency in 936 Mid Ulster, 1,000 Greater Belfast (both in NI) and 2,094 Republic of Ireland (ROI) volunteers and in 116 NI or ROI acromegaly/gigantism patients. Carrier frequencies were 0.0064 in Mid Ulster (95%CI = 0.0027–0.013; P = 0.0005 vs. ROI), 0.001 in Greater Belfast (0.00011–0.0047) and zero in ROI (0–0.0014). R304* prevalence was elevated in acromegaly/gigantism patients in NI (11/87, 12.6%, P < 0.05), but not in ROI (2/29, 6.8%) versus non‐Irish patients (0–2.41%). Haploblock conservation supported a common ancestor for all the 18 identified Irish pedigrees (81 carriers, 30 affected). Time to most recent common ancestor (tMRCA) was 2550 (1,275–5,000) years. tMRCA‐based simulations predicted 432 (90–5,175) current carriers, including 86 affected (18–1,035) for 20% penetrance. In conclusion, R304* is frequent in Mid Ulster, resulting in numerous acromegaly/gigantism cases. tMRCA is consistent with historical/folklore accounts of Irish giants. Forward simulations predict many undetected carriers; geographically targeted population screening improves asymptomatic carrier identification, complementing clinical testing of patients/relatives. We generated disease awareness locally, necessary for early diagnosis and improved outcomes of AIP‐related disease. PMID:27650164

  9. Subclinical Cushing's syndrome: current concepts and trends.

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    Zografos, George N; Perysinakis, Iraklis; Vassilatou, Evangeline

    2014-01-01

    Clinically inapparent adrenal masses which are incidentally detected have become a common problem in everyday practice. Approximately 5-20% of adrenal incidentalomas present subclinical cortisol hypersecretion which is characterized by subtle alterations of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis due to adrenal autonomy. This disorder has been described as subclinical Cushing's syndrome, since there is no typical clinical phenotype. The diagnosis of subclinical Cushing's syndrome is based on biochemical evaluation; however, there is still no consensus for the biochemical diagnostic criteria. An abnormal 1mg dexamethasone suppression test (DST) as initial screening test in combination with at least one other abnormal test of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis has been advocated by most experts for the diagnosis of subclinical Cushing's syndrome. DST is the main method of establishing the diagnosis, while there is inhomogeneity of the information that other tests provide. Arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus type 2 or impaired glucose tolerance, central obesity, osteoporosis/vertebral fractures and dyslipidemia are considered as detrimental effects of chronic subtle cortisol excess, although there is no proven causal relationship between subclinical cortisol hypersecretion and these morbidities. Therapeutic strategies include careful observation along with medical treatment of morbidities potentially related to subtle cortisol hypersecretion versus laparoscopic adrenalectomy. The optimal management of patients with subclinical Cushing's syndrome is not yet defined. The conservative approach is appropriate for the majority of these patients; however, the duration of follow-up and the frequency of periodical evaluation still remain open issues. Surgical resection may be beneficial for patients with hypertension, diabetes mellitus type 2 or abnormal glucose tolerance and obesity.

  10. Síndrome de Cushing e Gravidez

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    Agapito, A; Afonso, A.; Fonseca, F.; Neves, A.; Revez, A.; Leite da Silva; Charneco da Costa, J

    1986-01-01

    Descreve-se um caso de gravidez em doente com Síndrome de Cushing por adenoma da supra-renal, tratado cirurgicamente após o parto e com recuperação total do eixo hipotálamo-hipófise-supra-renal. A gravidez teve evolução favorável, com parto pré-termo e recém-nascido normal.

  11. Harvey Cushing's ghosts: death and hauntings in modern medicine.

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    Shin, Paul

    2011-06-01

    The passing of Yale School of Medicine's 2010 Bicentennial occasions a moment of reflecting on the past, present, and future of medical education and research at Yale and beyond. Last June, a ribbon-cutting ceremony inaugurated the opening of the Cushing Center in the Cushing-Whitney Medical Library. Named after Harvey Cushing, an early 20th-century neurosurgeon and former Yale College alum, the dual education/exhibition space now houses hundreds of gross brain specimens constituting the Cushing Tumor Registry. Originally a personal collection, Cushing donated his numerous medical specimens, photographs, and other medical relics from his deathbed, relinquishing the brains to Yale only under the condition that a suitable space be erected to preserve the many specimens. Some 70 years later and after nearly being destroyed, Cushing's wish is fully realized: The once desiccated, hidden brains have been painstakingly restored and are now on view in the Cushing Center. The brains express Cushing's singular and spectral worldview as a surgeon, artist, athlete, soldier, book collector, and historian.

  12. Increased Short-Term Beat-To-Beat Variability of QT Interval in Patients with Acromegaly.

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    Orosz, Andrea; Csajbók, Éva; Czékus, Csilla; Gavallér, Henriette; Magony, Sándor; Valkusz, Zsuzsanna; Várkonyi, Tamás T; Nemes, Attila; Baczkó, István; Forster, Tamás; Wittmann, Tibor; Papp, Julius Gy; Varró, András; Lengyel, Csaba

    2015-01-01

    Cardiovascular diseases, including ventricular arrhythmias are responsible for increased mortality in patients with acromegaly. Acromegaly may cause repolarization abnormalities such as QT prolongation and impairment of repolarization reserve enhancing liability to arrhythmia. The aim of this study was to determine the short-term beat-to-beat QT variability in patients with acromegaly. Thirty acromegalic patients (23 women and 7 men, mean age±SD: 55.7±10.4 years) were compared with age- and sex-matched volunteers (mean age 51.3±7.6 years). Cardiac repolarization parameters including frequency corrected QT interval, PQ and QRS intervals, duration of terminal part of T waves (Tpeak-Tend) and short-term variability of QT interval were evaluated. All acromegalic patients and controls underwent transthoracic echocardiographic examination. Autonomic function was assessed by means of five standard cardiovascular reflex tests. Comparison of the two groups revealed no significant differences in the conventional ECG parameters of repolarization (QT: 401.1±30.6 ms vs 389.3±16.5 ms, corrected QT interval: 430.1±18.6 ms vs 425.6±17.3 ms, QT dispersion: 38.2±13.2 ms vs 36.6±10.2 ms; acromegaly vs control, respectively). However, short-term beat-to-beat QT variability was significantly increased in acromegalic patients (4.23±1.03 ms vs 3.02±0.80, Pacromegaly in spite of unchanged conventional parameters of ventricular repolarization. This enhanced temporal QT variability may be an early indicator of increased liability to arrhythmia.

  13. Prevalence of colonic polyp and its predictors in patients with acromegaly

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    Purnima Agarwal

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: There are conflicting data regarding the prevalence of colorectal polyp in patients with acromegaly. Subjects and Methods: Consecutive forty-seven acromegalic patients (21 men, 26 women, with a mean age of (40 ± 12 years attending endocrinology outpatient department underwent full colonoscopy. All the patients underwent clinical and biochemical evaluation (glucose suppressed growth hormone (GH, Insulin-like growth factor-1 [IGF-1], fasting insulin, and glucose. The control group (n = 120 for colonoscopy was adult subjects undergoing evaluation for symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Clinical and biochemical parameters in acromegalic patients with colonic polyp were compared to those without a polyp. Results: Patients with acromegaly had significantly higher prevalence of colonic polyp as compared to control subjects (10.6% vs. 0.8%. None of the patients with polyp had skin tags. There was no significant difference between subjects with and without colonic polyp in duration of illness, basal, and glucose-suppressed GH and most recent IGF-1. Fasting blood sugar was significantly higher (P < 0.05 in adenoma group after adjusting for age, body mass index (BMI, and insulin levels. Patients in adenoma group showed a trend toward male gender and younger age as compared to those without adenoma. Conclusions: Subjects with acromegaly as compared to control have a higher prevalence of colonic polyps. There was no association of polyps seen with age, BMI, skin tags, homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance index, duration of disease, and basal and glucose-suppressed GH and IGF-1 levels. There were no specific predictive factors detected. Screening full colonoscopy is recommended in all cases with acromegaly.

  14. [Suppression by dopamine of GH release induced by GRF in a case of acromegaly].

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    Matsubara, M; Odagaki, E; Morioka, T

    1987-03-20

    Inhibition of plasma GH by dopaminergic agonists is one of the characteristics of the GH secretion in acromegaly. GRF is known to stimulate GH secretion in most patients with acromegaly. In order to elucidate the relationship between GRF and dopamine in regulating the secretion of GH in this disease, we examined plasma GH responses to dopamine (DA) infusion (4 micrograms/kg/min), GRF injection (100 micrograms i.v.), sulpiride (SP) injection (200 mg i.v.), a DA blocker, DA plus GRF and SP plus GRF in a 51-year-old male patient with acromegaly. Plasma GH was reduced to 14% of the initial level by iv infusion of DA, and was elevated to 158% by iv injection of GRF. No considerable change was observed in plasma GH by iv infusion of SP (114% of the initial level). GH release induced by GRF was remarkably reduced by simultaneous administration of DA (28% of the initial level), whereas SP administration did not affect GRF-induced GH release (154%). The marked reduction of GH release after DA plus GRF seems to suggest that the effect of DA on the GH regulation is stronger than that of GRF in this acromegalic patient. It is suggested also that endogenous DA may not play an inhibitory role in GH secretion in this case since DA blockade by SP did not raise basal GH levels and the GH response to GRF.

  15. A risk-benefit assessment of octreotide in the treatment of acromegaly.

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    van der Lely, A J; de Herder, W W; Lamberts, S W

    1997-11-01

    Acromegaly was the first pituitary disease to be recognised as a clinical entity, although initially it was not clear whether the eosinophilic adenomas causing pituitary enlargement were causative or just a manifestation of the syndrome itself. Following the documented clinical improvement of patients with acromegaly after partial hypophysectomy, it was proven that the pituitary adenomas were aetiological. The treatment of acromegaly has changed during the last decades; the introduction of the somatostatin (SMS) analogue octreotide has had major implications. Octreotide was the first SMS analogue to become available for clinical use. It is generally well tolerated, but is associated with the development of gallstones in 15 to 20% of patients. Other adverse effects include transient injection-site pain, abdominal, diarrhoea, gastritis (long term therapy) and loss of scalp hair. No long haematological or biochemical adverse effects have been reported. Desensitisation to the beneficial effects of octreotide therapy is highly unusual. A long-acting formulation of octreotide is being studied, and should be available by the end of 1997.

  16. Investigation of the Vitamin D Receptor Polymorphisms in Acromegaly Patients

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    Muzaffer Ilhan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. The genetic structural alterations in the majority of somatotroph adenomas are not clarified and the search for novel candidate genes is still a challenge. We aimed to investigate possible associations between vitamin D receptor (VDR polymorphisms and acromegaly. Design, Patients, and Methods. 52 acromegaly patients (mean age 45.7±1.9 years and 83 controls (mean age 43.1±2.6 years were recruited to the study. VDR polymorphism was determined by polymerase chain reaction-based restriction fragment length polymorphism methods. Results. The distribution of VDR genotypes showed a significant difference in the frequencies of VDR FokI genotypes between patients and controls (P=0.034. VDR FokI ff genotype was significantly decreased in acromegaly patients (P=0.035 and carriers of FokI Ff genotype had a 1.5-fold increased risk for acromegaly (OR: 1.5, 95% CI: 1.07–2.1; P=0.020. IGF1 levels after treatment were significantly higher in patients carrying the Ff genotype compared to carrying ff genotype (P=0.0049. 25(OHD3 levels were significantly lower in acromegaly patients (P<0.001. Conclusions. Our study suggests that VDR FokI genotypes might affect the development of acromegaly and VDR polymorphisms may play a role in the course of acromegaly as a consequence of altering hormonal status.

  17. Investigation of the Vitamin D Receptor Polymorphisms in Acromegaly Patients

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    Ilhan, Muzaffer; Toptas-Hekimoglu, Bahar; Yaylim, Ilhan; Turgut, Seda; Turan, Saime; Karaman, Ozcan; Tasan, Ertugrul

    2015-01-01

    Objective. The genetic structural alterations in the majority of somatotroph adenomas are not clarified and the search for novel candidate genes is still a challenge. We aimed to investigate possible associations between vitamin D receptor (VDR) polymorphisms and acromegaly. Design, Patients, and Methods. 52 acromegaly patients (mean age 45.7 ± 1.9 years) and 83 controls (mean age 43.1 ± 2.6 years) were recruited to the study. VDR polymorphism was determined by polymerase chain reaction-based restriction fragment length polymorphism methods. Results. The distribution of VDR genotypes showed a significant difference in the frequencies of VDR FokI genotypes between patients and controls (P = 0.034). VDR FokI ff genotype was significantly decreased in acromegaly patients (P = 0.035) and carriers of FokI Ff genotype had a 1.5-fold increased risk for acromegaly (OR: 1.5, 95% CI: 1.07–2.1; P = 0.020). IGF1 levels after treatment were significantly higher in patients carrying the Ff genotype compared to carrying ff genotype (P = 0.0049). 25(OH)D3 levels were significantly lower in acromegaly patients (P < 0.001). Conclusions. Our study suggests that VDR FokI genotypes might affect the development of acromegaly and VDR polymorphisms may play a role in the course of acromegaly as a consequence of altering hormonal status. PMID:25839036

  18. Ectopic acromegaly due to a growth hormone-secreting neuroendocrine-differentiated tumor developed from ovarian mature cystic teratoma.

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    Ozkaya, Mesut; Sayiner, Zeynel Abidin; Kiran, Gurkan; Gul, Kamile; Erkutlu, Ibrahim; Elboga, Umut

    2015-06-01

    Acromegaly is a clinical syndrome caused by the overproduction of growth hormone (GH) and also known as a rare disease. Clinical, biochemical, and radiological features are often indistinguishable between GH-producing hypophysis adenomas and ectopic GH-releasing hormone (GHRH)-producing tumors. A 40-year-old woman presented to us with her growing feet, hands especially fingers, and enlarging nose. Biochemical diagnosis of acromegaly was made by measuring insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) level and glucose-suppressed GH estimation. Her spot IGF-1 level was 1300 ng/ml (90-226 ng/ml). The basal GH was 30 ng/l, and 60- and 120-min GH levels after 75-g oral glucose load were 29 and 40 ng/l, respectively. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of pituitary was normal. There was no pituitary adenoma or pituitary hyperplasia. Extrapituitary ectopic hypersecretion of GH or GHRH-secreting tumor search was done by high-resolution computed tomography (CT) of chest and whole abdomen. Abdomen CT revealed 9.5 × 8 cm pelvic mass, which included calcific regions and solid component. The specimen's immunohistochemical staining with GH was positive but interestingly GHRH was negative. According to immunohistochemical staining, the patient's diagnosis was ectopic acromegaly due to a GH-secreting neuroendocrine-differentiated tumor developed from an ovarian mature cystic teratoma. Herein, we present excellent illustration of an unusual and confusing clinical scenario of ectopic acromegaly.

  19. Low Prevalence of Periodontitis in Acromegaly: Growth Hormone May Exert a Protective Effect

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    Hülya Serinsöz

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate bone mineral density (BMD measurements and the presence of periodontitis in patients with acromegaly, as well as to inquire the impact of interfering factors. Material and Method: Forty-seven acromegalic patients with any accompanying condition known to affect calcium-bone metabolism and 60 age-matched healthy controls were included. Age, gender, duration and activity of acromegaly, past-present therapy options, pituitary hormone profiles, replacement therapies, and the results of periodontal analysis were recorded. Results: Eighteen patients were male (38.3%, 29 were female (61.7%. The mean age of the patients was 46.6±11.5 years, twenty-five (53.1% had active, 22 (46.8% had inactive acromegaly. The latter were older and had longer disease duration (p=0.04, p=0.003, respectively. Serum calcium and phosphorus levels, 24-hour urinary calcium excretion and BMD at the lumbar spine and femur neck insignificantly associated with disease activity (p>0.05. Osteoporosis was detected in 6 patients (12.76%. Periodontitis and advanced periodontitis were more common in control group (66.7% vs. 44.7%, (43.3% vs. 12.8% (p=0.022, p=0.0001, respectively. There was no difference in chronic periodontitis and severity between active and inactive groups (48% vs. 40.9%; p=0.279. No difference was noted in other study parameters, as well. Repeated measures analysis of variance demonstrated statistically insignificant distribution between GH change in time and periodontitis subgroups. Discussion: We demonstrated that acromegaly exerted no clear negative impact on vertebral BMD in the absence of overt hypogonadism. Regardless of disease activity, acromegaly cases exhibited lower rates of periodontitis with less severity which remained unchanged in the presence of accompanying metabolic disorders known to have negative impact on periodontal tissue. Chronic exposure to excess GH may have a protective role against periodontitis. Turk Jem 2015; 19: 42-48

  20. Outcome in acromegaly: A retrospective analysis

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    Debmalya Sanyal

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Many of the treatment modalities recommended for acromegaly are either too expensive or not available in large parts of India. There is a dearth of treatment and outcome data in Indian patients. Aims and Objectives: The purpose of this study was to analyze the treatment modalities used and the respective outcomes which include remission, recurrence, hypopituitarism, other complications, and mortality. Materials and Methods: This is a retrospective data analysis of 15 acromegaly patients treated at a tertiary care hospital in eastern India. A remission criteria of nadir growth hormone level <1 μg/dl after Oral Glucose tolerance test (OGTT and normal age related IGF-1 levels was used. Results: All patients (100% had macroadenomas. Surgery could not be done in five (33%; three (19.8% refused, two (13.2% had comorbidities. Transsphenoidal surgery (TSS achieved remission in four out of ten (40%. Conventional radiotherapy (CRT failed in all five patients and caused hypopituitarisn in three (60%. Cabergoline (CAB either alone or following surgery achieved remission in one out of four (25% though symptomatic relief and tolerability were remarkable. One patient (7% had pituitary apoplexy with remission, two patients (14.3% died due to CVA. Conclusions: TSS remains the treatment of choice in acromegaly, though in macroadenomas the success is limited. A sizeable proportion of patients refuse or are unfit for surgery. As most of the recommended options are very costly or unavailable, alternative treatment options generally used are CRT or CAB which have limited efficacy. Incidence of hypopituitarism, following CRT is very high.

  1. Pharmacological therapy for acromegaly: a critical review.

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    Muller, Alex F; Van Der Lely, Aart Jan

    2004-01-01

    The treatment of acromegaly has changed considerably over the last few decades. In the late 1970s, the introduction of the dopamine receptor agonists made it possible to reduce growth hormone (GH) secretion by somatotropinomas for the first time. Thereafter, the introduction of the somatostatin analogues in the early 1980s had major implications. Recently, the first data on the use of genetically engineered human GH receptor (GHR) antagonists that block GH actions have become available. These GHR antagonists reduce both the biochemical abnormalities of acromegaly, as well as improve clinical signs and symptomatology. In this article we firstly review available data on dopamine agonists. Currently these compounds should be considered in patients with a mixed GH-prolactin secreting pituitary adenoma and/or those in whom pre-treatment insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I concentrations are below 750 microg/L. We then discuss the somatostatin analogues. These compounds are capable of achieving biochemical control of GH and IGF-I in 50-60% of patients and tumour shrinkage in some 30%. In particular, candidates for treatment with these compounds are those patients who have undergone an unsuccessful transsphenoidal operation or who await the therapeutic effect of external pituitary irradiation. In selected patients primary medical therapy with somatostatin analogues is certainly a feasible option. To date, pegvisomant is the only available member of a new class of drugs that was especially designed to block the GHR. Pegvisomant is the most effective treatment for normalising IGF-I concentrations and appears to have a good safety profile. However, liver function tests should be regularly monitored and tumour size should be closely followed. Finally, we propose a treatment algorithm for acromegaly.

  2. Association of Acromegaly and Multiple Myeloma: A Case Report

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    Murat Atmaca

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Malignancy is an important cause of mortality in acromegaly. Hematological malignancies are very rare in acromegaly. Here, we report an 80-year-old patient with acromegaly and multiple myeloma. Patient died within a month of diagnosis. Previous studies have shown that growth hormone and somatomedin-C activate B lymphocyte and somatomedin-C receptors are found in multiple myeloma cells. Possible effects of growth hormone and somatomedin-C on multiple myeloma progression are discussed in the light of the relevant literature. Turk Jem 2013; 17: 75-7

  3. Assessment of cardiac autonomic functions by heart rate recovery, heart rate variability and QT dynamicity parameters in patients with acromegaly.

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    Dural, Muhammet; Kabakcı, Giray; Cınar, Neşe; Erbaş, Tomris; Canpolat, Uğur; Gürses, Kadri Murat; Tokgözoğlu, Lale; Oto, Ali; Kaya, Ergün Barış; Yorgun, Hikmet; Sahiner, Levent; Dağdelen, Selçuk; Aytemir, Kudret

    2014-04-01

    Cardiovascular complications are the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in acromegaly. However, there is little data regarding cardiac autonomic functions in these patients. Herein, we aimed to investigate several parameters of cardiac autonomic functions in patients with acromegaly compared to healthy subjects. We enrolled 20 newly diagnosed acromegalic patients (55% female, age:45.7 ± 12.6 years) and 32 age- and gender-matched healthy subjects. All participants underwent 24 h Holter recording. Heart rate recovery (HRR) indices were calculated by subtracting 1st, 2nd and 3rd minute heart rates from maximal heart rate. All patients underwent heart rate variability (HRV) and QT dynamicity analysis. Baseline characteristics were similar except diabetes mellitus and hypertension among groups. Mean HRR1 (29.2 ± 12.3 vs 42.6 ± 6.5, p = 0.001), HRR2 (43.5 ± 15.6 vs 61.1 ± 10.8, p = 0.001) and HRR3 (46.4 ± 16.2 vs 65.8 ± 9.8, p = 0.001) values were significantly higher in control group. HRV parameters as, SDNN [standard deviation of all NN intervals] (p = 0.001), SDANN [SD of the 5 min mean RR intervals] (p = 0.001), RMSSD [root square of successive differences in RR interval] (p = 0.001), PNN50 [proportion of differences in successive NN intervals >50 ms] (p = 0.001) and high-frequency [HF] (p = 0.001) were significantly decreased in patients with acromegaly; but low frequency [LF] (p = 0.046) and LF/HF (p = 0.001) were significantly higher in acromegaly patients. QTec (p = 0.009), QTac/RR slope (p = 0.017) and QTec/RR slope (p = 0.01) were significantly higher in patients with acromegaly. Additionally, there were significant negative correlation of disease duration with HRR2, HRR3, SDNN, PNN50, RMSSD, variability index. Our study results suggest that cardiac autonomic functions are impaired in patients with acromegaly. Further large scale studies are needed to exhibit the prognostic significance of impaired autonomic functions in patients with

  4. Cushing's syndrome masquerading as treatment resistant depression

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    B N Anil Kumar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Treatment resistant depression (TRD is a common clinical occurrence among patients treated for major depressive disorder. A significant proportion of patients remain significantly depressed in spite of aggressive pharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches. Management of patient with treatment resistant depression requires thorough evaluation for physical causes. We report a case of recurrent depressive disorder, who presented with severe depressive episode without psychotic symptoms, not responding to multiple adequate trials of antidepressants, who on investigation was found to have Cushing's syndrome and responded well to Ketoconazole.

  5. ontaneous Remission of Acromegaly Due to Apoplexy

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    Cevdet Duran

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Pituitary apoplexy is a rare clinical syndrome characterized by sudden onset of headache and vomiting, accompanied by visual disturbance or ocular motility impairment and pituitary insufficiency. Pituitary apoplexy presenting with these symptoms is seen in approximately 3% of patients with surgically treated pituitary adenomas. In acromegalic patients, apoplexy can be related to some provocating factors and rarely may be spontaneous. We present the case of an acromegalic patient with spontaneous remission after apoplexy. A 39-year-old male patient had transsphenoidal microsurgery for acromegaly in 1994 but remission was not achieved. After a 10-year period without follow-up, he experienced severe headache, nausea, vomiting, photophobia, and visual disturbance in July 2005 and scheduled an appointment with an ophthalmologist. His complaints ceased spontaneously within weeks. In October 2005, sellar MRI examination revealed a 3x2.5 cm mass of adenomatous tissue with necrosis. On admission to our clinic in November 2005, visual acuity, visual fields, and ocular motility, were normal; but results of laboratory tests revealed panhypopituitarism. He was thought to have apoplexy of a growth hormone secreting tumor, and hormone replacement therapy was initiated for panhypopituitarism. Because his symptoms had regressed, surgery was not considered. On rare occasions, acromegaly spontaneously remits after apoplexy, resulting in improved control of the functional adenoma without surgical intervention. Turk Jem 2008; 12: 80-2

  6. Acromegaly in a non-diabetic cat

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    Federico Fracassi

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Case summary A 14-year-old, neutered male European shorthair cat was evaluated for a routine health check. The owner did not report any clinical signs except for respiratory stridor. On physical examination the main findings were broad facial features and increased interdental spaces. On haematology, a mild, non-regenerative anaemia was detected, whereas the serum biochemistry profile and urinalysis were unremarkable. The serum glucose concentration was within the reference interval. Serum insulin-like growth factor-1 concentration was markedly elevated (>1600 ng/ml. The basal serum growth hormone concentration was elevated and decreased only mildly after somatostatin administration. Basal serum insulin concentration was high, and the insulin concentration increased considerably after glucose loading, consistent with insulin resistance. CT scanning of the skull showed an enlarged pituitary gland and increased skull bone thickness. The final diagnosis was acromegaly. Relevance and novel information These findings demonstrate that acromegaly should be pursued and suspected in cats other than those with diabetes mellitus.

  7. An overview of the epidemiology and genetics of acromegaly.

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    Daly, A F; Petrossians, P; Beckers, A

    2005-01-01

    Historical data indicate that pituitary tumors represent 10% of intracranial tumors, while adenomas are noted in approximately 14-23% of normal subjects on autopsy or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). About 2.5% of these tumors stain positive for GH in histopathologic studies. In contrast, the prevalence of clinically diagnosed acromegaly is lower at 36-69 per million population. Ongoing studies indicate that the actual prevalence of acromegaly in the community may be higher than previous epidemiologic data suggest. Acromegaly can occur both sporadically and in the setting of familial conditions, such as multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) and Carney complex (CNC). Isolated familial somatotropinoma has been described and newer data suggest that acromegaly may also occur in non-MEN1/CNC families in combination with other pituitary tumor phenotypes.

  8. Active postoperative acromegaly: sustained remission after discontinuation of somatostatin analogues

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    Cristina Alvarez-Escola

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available In patients with active acromegaly after pituitary surgery, somatostatin analogues are effective in controlling the disease and can even be curative in some cases. After treatment discontinuation, the likelihood of disease recurrence is high. However, a small subset of patients remains symptom-free after discontinuation, with normalized growth hormone (GH and insulin-like growth factor (IGF1 levels. The characteristics of patients most likely to achieve sustained remission after treatment discontinuation are not well understood, although limited evidence suggests that sustained remission is more likely in patients with lower GH and IGF1 levels before treatment withdrawal, in those who respond well to low-dose treatment, in those without evidence of adenoma on an MRI scan and/or in patients who receive long-term treatment. In this report, we describe the case of a 56-year-old female patient treated with lanreotide Autogel for 11 years. Treatment was successfully discontinued, and the patient is currently disease-free on all relevant parameters (clinical, biochemical and tumour status. The successful outcome in this case adds to the small body of literature suggesting that some well-selected patients who receive long-term treatment with somatostatin analogues may achieve sustained remission.

  9. Prevalence of cerebral aneurysm in patients with acromegaly.

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    Oshino, Satoru; Nishino, Akio; Suzuki, Tsuyoshi; Arita, Hideyuki; Tateishi, Akihiro; Matsumoto, Katsumi; Shimokawa, Toshio; Kinoshita, Manabu; Yoshimine, Toshiki; Saitoh, Youichi

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    The prevalence of cerebral aneurysm was retrospectively investigated in 208 patients with acromegaly relative to the rate of cerebral aneurysm in a group of control subjects. Neuroradiological examinations of the cerebral vascular system were conducted in 208 acromegaly patients (101 men; mean age, 48.8 years). The prevalence of cerebral aneurysm in the acromegaly patients was compared to that in a control group consisting of 7,390 subjects who underwent "brain checkup" between 2006 and 2008 (mean age, 51.6 years). In the acromegaly group, cerebral aneurysm was detected in 4.3 % of patients. By sex, the prevalence was 6.9 % in males, a significantly proportion than that in the control group with an odds ratio of 4.40. The prevalence in females did not differ between the two groups. In the acromegaly group, the rate of hypertension was significantly higher in the patients with aneurysm compared to those without aneurysm. Multiple logistic regression identified acromegaly as a significant factor related to the prevalence of cerebral aneurysm in all male subjects; other factors, such as age, hypertension and smoking, were not found to be significant. A significantly higher prevalence of cerebral aneurysm was detected in male patients with acromegaly. This finding indicates that excess growth hormone or insulin-like growth factor 1 affects the cerebral vascular wall, resulting in aneurysm formation. In addition to known systematic complications in the cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, and other systems, the risk of cerebral aneurysm should be considered in the management of acromegaly.

  10. A practical approach to acromegaly management in Latin America

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    Bronstein, Marcello D.; Oscar D. Bruno; Abreu, Alin; Mangupli, Ruth; Mercado, Moisés

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Evidence-based treatment guidelines have undoubtedly advanced medical practice and supported optimal management of acromegaly, but their application may be hampered by limited access to the latest treatment options. Methods In this retrospective, narrative review, the authors revisited existing treatment guidelines for acromegaly in Latin America. These were considered in conjunction with published evidence chosen at the authors’ discretion. Findings In a socially and economicall...

  11. Diagnostic delay is associated with psychosocial impairment in acromegaly.

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    Siegel, Sonja; Streetz-van der Werf, Christine; Schott, Jennifer S; Nolte, Kay; Karges, Wolfram; Kreitschmann-Andermahr, Ilonka

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    The aim of this study was to systematically assess health care utilisation, diagnostic delay and psychosocial impairment in patients with acromegaly in rural versus urban health care environments. 41 patients with acromegaly were questioned to time lapse of symptom onset, first seeking medical advice and time of acromegaly diagnosis. Quality of life (QoL), and psychosocial impairment (depression, daytime sleepiness, sleep disturbances, disturbances of body image) were measured by self-assessment questionnaires. Patients were grouped into living in rural health care environments (RHCE, n = 22 patients) or urban health care environments (UHCE, n = 19 patients) using data on population density from the German Federal Statistical Office. RHCE patients waited significantly longer (2.5 vs. 0.89 years; p = .025) after symptom onset before seeking medical advice, but diagnosis of acromegaly was established at least as quickly as in UHCE (1.45 vs. 2.74 years; n.s.). There was a consistent trend toward more psychosocial impairment in UHCE which reached significance for sleep disturbances (p = .004). For all patients significant correlations between time delay of diagnostic process (defined as first visit to the doctor because of acromegaly-related symptoms and establishment of acromegaly diagnosis) and psychological QoL, depression, daytime sleepiness, sleep disorders and body image emerged. Patients with acromegaly in UHCE experienced more psychosocial impairment than patients in RHCE. The correlation of significantly increased psychosocial impairment and delay of diagnosis by the physician may reflect long-lasting embitterment in patients with acromegaly and should be considered during psychosocial counselling.

  12. Increased Short-Term Beat-To-Beat Variability of QT Interval in Patients with Acromegaly.

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    Andrea Orosz

    Full Text Available Cardiovascular diseases, including ventricular arrhythmias are responsible for increased mortality in patients with acromegaly. Acromegaly may cause repolarization abnormalities such as QT prolongation and impairment of repolarization reserve enhancing liability to arrhythmia. The aim of this study was to determine the short-term beat-to-beat QT variability in patients with acromegaly. Thirty acromegalic patients (23 women and 7 men, mean age±SD: 55.7±10.4 years were compared with age- and sex-matched volunteers (mean age 51.3±7.6 years. Cardiac repolarization parameters including frequency corrected QT interval, PQ and QRS intervals, duration of terminal part of T waves (Tpeak-Tend and short-term variability of QT interval were evaluated. All acromegalic patients and controls underwent transthoracic echocardiographic examination. Autonomic function was assessed by means of five standard cardiovascular reflex tests. Comparison of the two groups revealed no significant differences in the conventional ECG parameters of repolarization (QT: 401.1±30.6 ms vs 389.3±16.5 ms, corrected QT interval: 430.1±18.6 ms vs 425.6±17.3 ms, QT dispersion: 38.2±13.2 ms vs 36.6±10.2 ms; acromegaly vs control, respectively. However, short-term beat-to-beat QT variability was significantly increased in acromegalic patients (4.23±1.03 ms vs 3.02±0.80, P<0.0001. There were significant differences between the two groups in the echocardiographic dimensions (left ventricular end diastolic diameter: 52.6±5.4 mm vs 48.0±3.9 mm, left ventricular end systolic diameter: 32.3±5.2 mm vs 29.1±4.4 mm, interventricular septum: 11.1±2.2 mm vs 8.8±0.7 mm, posterior wall of left ventricle: 10.8±1.4 mm vs 8.9±0.7 mm, P<0.05, respectively. Short-term beat-to-beat QT variability was elevated in patients with acromegaly in spite of unchanged conventional parameters of ventricular repolarization. This enhanced temporal QT variability may be an early indicator of increased

  13. In what clinical settings should Cushing´s syndrome be suspected? ¿En qué situaciones clínicas debe sospecharse un síndrome de Cushing?

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    Oscar D. Bruno

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    Full Text Available Despite its low frequency, endogenous Cushing's syndrome is not an exceptional clinical entity. A growing number of cases are currently derived to specialized centers suggesting an increasing knowledge of the clinical features of hypercortisolism by specialists of diverse branches of clinical medicine. Clinical signs derive from an exaggeration of the physiological actions of cortisol inducing protein breakdown, hyperglycemia, fat mobilization, dyslipidemia, hydrosaline retention, immunosuppression and increased susceptibility to infection. Despite its low specificity, symptoms such as unexplained development of central obesity, mood changes, fatigue, weakness, myopathy, easy bruisability, red striae, arterial hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia, are suggestive of the diagnosis. From an epidemiological point of view, Cushing's syndrome is to be suspected and consequently searched for among patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure or diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, osteoporosis, depression or adrenal incidentaloma. True Cushing's syndrome has to be differentiated from pseudo syndromes. Most sensitive physical signs for discriminating Cushing's syndrome from pseudo-Cushing states are the presence of supraclavicular fat pads, myopathy, thin skin and easy bruising. The recognition of the clinical manifestations of Cushing's syndrome and of the sub-populations at risk of contracting the disease should be improved through medical education at the medical school and at postgraduate levels. Clinical detection of Cushing's syndrome must be performed mainly by non-endocrinologists, yet its etiological diagnosis and therapeutic management is to be carried out in highly experienced and specialized centers, to ensure the best results in the treatment of this really challenging endocrine disturbance.El síndrome de Cushing no es una entidad clínica excepcional, pese a su baja frecuencia. El creciente número de

  14. Late presentation of acromegaly in medically controlled prolactinoma patients

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    Manuylova, Ekaterina; Calvi, Laura M; Hastings, Catherine; Vates, G Edward; Johnson, Mahlon D; Cave, William T

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    Summary Co-secretion of growth hormone (GH) and prolactin (PRL) from a single pituitary adenoma is common. In fact, up to 25% of patients with acromegaly may have PRL co-secretion. The prevalence of acromegaly among patients with a newly diagnosed prolactinoma is unknown. Given the possibility of mixed GH and PRL co-secretion, the current recommendation is to obtain an insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in patients with prolactinoma at the initial diagnosis. Long-term follow-up of IGF-1 is not routinely done. Here, we report two cases of well-controlled prolactinoma on dopamine agonists with the development of acromegaly 10–20 years after the initial diagnoses. In both patients, a mixed PRL/GH-cosecreting adenoma was confirmed on the pathology examination after transsphenoidal surgery (TSS). Therefore, periodic routine measurements of IGF-1 should be considered regardless of the duration and biochemical control of prolactinoma. Learning points: Acromegaly can develop in patients with well-controlled prolactinoma on dopamine agonists. The interval between prolactinoma and acromegaly diagnoses can be several decades. Periodic screening of patients with prolactinoma for growth hormone excess should be considered and can 
lead to an early diagnosis of acromegaly before the development of complications. PMID:27855229

  15. Fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy in patients with acromegaly: an interim single-centre audit

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    Roug, Anne Stidsholt; Rasmussen, Åse Krogh; Juhler, M;

    2010-01-01

    To evaluate the effect of fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT) in acromegaly in a retrospective analysis.......To evaluate the effect of fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT) in acromegaly in a retrospective analysis....

  16. Cushing's syndrome and fetal features resurgence in adrenal cortex-specific Prkar1a knockout mice.

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    Isabelle Sahut-Barnola

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Carney complex (CNC is an inherited neoplasia syndrome with endocrine overactivity. Its most frequent endocrine manifestation is primary pigmented nodular adrenocortical disease (PPNAD, a bilateral adrenocortical hyperplasia causing pituitary-independent Cushing's syndrome. Inactivating mutations in PRKAR1A, a gene encoding the type 1 alpha-regulatory subunit (R1alpha of the cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA have been found in 80% of CNC patients with Cushing's syndrome. To demonstrate the implication of R1alpha loss in the initiation and development of PPNAD, we generated mice lacking Prkar1a specifically in the adrenal cortex (AdKO. AdKO mice develop pituitary-independent Cushing's syndrome with increased PKA activity. This leads to autonomous steroidogenic genes expression and deregulated adreno-cortical cells differentiation, increased proliferation and resistance to apoptosis. Unexpectedly, R1alpha loss results in improper maintenance and centrifugal expansion of cortisol-producing fetal adrenocortical cells with concomitant regression of adult cortex. Our data provide the first in vivo evidence that loss of R1alpha is sufficient to induce autonomous adrenal hyper-activity and bilateral hyperplasia, both observed in human PPNAD. Furthermore, this model demonstrates that deregulated PKA activity favors the emergence of a new cell population potentially arising from the fetal adrenal, giving new insight into the mechanisms leading to PPNAD.

  17. Health outcomes in acromegaly: depression and anxiety are promising targets for improving reduced quality of life

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    Victor Jacobus Geraedts

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available IINTRODUCTION. Remission criteria of acromegaly are based on biochemical variables, i.e. normalization of increased hormone levels. However, the established reduction in Quality of Life (QoL is suggested to be independent of biochemical control. The aim of this study was to test which aspects predict Qol best in acromegaly. METHODS/Design. This is a prospective cohort study in 80 acromegalic patients, with a cross-sectional and longitudinal part. The main outcome measure was health-related quality of life (QoL, measured by a generic and a disease-specific questionnaire (the SF-36 and AcroQol. Main predictors were age, gender, biochemical control, disease characteristics, treatment modalities and psychopathology. RESULTS. Our cohort of 80 acromegalics had a mean age 54.7 ± 12.3 years with an average disease duration of 10.8 ± 10.0 years. Ratio macro-/microadenoma was 54/26. In adjusted mixed method models, we found that psychopathology significantly predicts QoL in acromegaly (in models including the variables age, gender, disease duration, tumor size, basal hormone levels, relevant treatment modalities and relevant comorbidities, with a higher degree of psychopathology indicating a lower QoL (depression vs. AcroQoL: B=-1.175, p<0.001, depression vs. SF36: B=-1.648, p<0.001, anxiety vs. AcroQoL: B=-0.399, p<0.001, anxiety vs. SF36: B=-0.661, p<0.001. The explained variances demonstrate superiority of psychopathology over biochemical control and other variables in predicting QoL in our models. DISCUSSION. Superiority of psychopathology over biochemical control calls for a more extensive approach regarding diagnosing depression and anxiety in pituitary adenomas to improve QoL. Depressive symptoms and anxiety are modifiable factors that might provide valuable targets for possible future treatment interventions.

  18. Tumorigenesis of Papillary Thyroid Cancer Is Not BRAF-Dependent in Patients with Acromegaly

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    Hee Kyung Kim; Ji Shin Lee; Min Ho Park; Jin Seong Cho; Jee Hee Yoon; Soo Jeong Kim; Ho-Cheol Kang

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    Introduction Several studies have reported a high frequency of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) in patients with acromegaly. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and predictors of thyroid cancer in patients with acromegaly and to investigate the frequency of the BRAF V600E mutation in PTC patients with and without acromegaly. Materials and Methods We conducted a retrospective study of 60 patients with acromegaly. Thyroid ultrasonography (US) and US-guided fine needle aspiration...

  19. Endogenous Cushing's Syndrome with Precocious Puberty in an 8-Year-Old Boy due to a Large Unilateral Adrenal Adenoma

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    Hossain, Muhammad Rajib; Alam, Md. Mashiul; Nabi, Junaid; Kibria, Mahzabin

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    Adrenocortical tumors (ACTs) causing Cushing's syndrome are extremely rare in children and adolescents. Bilateral macronodular adrenocortical disease which is a component of the McCune-Albright syndrome is the most common cause of endogenous Cushing's syndrome. We report the case of a boy with Cushing's syndrome who presented with obesity and growth retardation. The child was hypertensive. The biochemical evaluation revealed that his serum cortisol levels were 25.80 μg/dL, with a concomitant plasma ACTH level of 10.0 pg/mL and nonsuppressed serum cortisol on high-dose dexamethasone suppression test (HDDST) to be 20.38 μg/dL. Computed tomography of the abdomen demonstrated a 8 × 6 × 5 cm left adrenal mass with internal calcifications. Following preoperative stabilization, laparotomy was carried out which revealed a lobulated left adrenal mass with intact capsule weighing 120 grams. Histopathological examination revealed a benign cortical neoplastic lesion, suggestive of adrenal adenoma; composed of large polygonal cells with centrally placed nuclei and prominent nucleoli without capsular and vascular invasion. On the seventh postoperative day, cortisol levels were within normal range indicating biochemical remission of Cushing's syndrome. On followup after three months, the patient showed significant clinical improvement and had lost moderate amount of weight and adrenal imaging was found to be normal. PMID:23533838

  20. Acromegaly: Role of Surgery in the Therapeutic Armamentarium

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    Gerardo Guinto

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Acromegaly is a complex disease that requires the intervention of a multidisciplinary team. The most frequent clinical manifestations are growing of distal parts of the body and some areas of the face. Patients may also present arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus, colonic polyps, cardiomegaly, neurological and endocrine changes secondary to the presence of a GH-secreting tumor in pituitary or extrapituitary origin, or eutopic hypothalamic GHRH hypersecretion and peripheral GHRH hypersecretion. Surgery is the first treatment used for most patients, regardless of the cause. In the great majority of cases, pituitary tumor can be removed through a transsphenoidal approach. Craniotomy is reserved for those cases with giant tumors, particularly when they grow toward the middle or posterior cranial fossa. Best surgical results are obtained when the tumor is confined into the sella turcica or if it has a regular suprasellar extension. When the disease cannot be controlled with surgery, medical treatment is indicated. Somatostatin analogues are included as the first line of medication, followed by dopamine agonist and growth hormone receptors antagonists. Radiation therapy can be also indicated in two main forms for residual tumor with medically refractory patients: radiosurgery for small tumors or fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy for larger ones.

  1. Acromegaly and gigantism in the medical literature. Case descriptions in the era before and the early years after the initial publication of Pierre Marie

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    W.W. de Herder (Wouter)

    2009-01-01

    textabstractIn 1886 Pierre Marie used the term "acromegaly" for the first time and gave a full description of the characteristic clinical picture. However several others had already given clear clinical descriptions before him and sometimes had given the disease other names. After 1886, it gradually

  2. Quality of life is impaired in association with the need for prolonged postoperative therapy by somatostatin analogs in patients with acromegaly

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    Postma, M.R.; Netea-Maier, R.T.; van den Berg, G.; Homan, J.; Sluiter, W.J.; Wagenmakers, M.A.; van den Bergh, A.C.M.; Wolffenbuttel, B.H.R.; Hermus, A.R.M.M.; van Beek, A.P.

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    Objective: To assess the influence of long-acting somatostatin analogs (SSTA) after initial pituitary surgery on long-term health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) in relation to disease control in patients with acromegaly. Design: This is a cross-sectional study in two tertiary referral centers in T

  3. Increased myocardial fibrosis and left ventricular dysfunction in Cushing's syndrome.

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    Yiu, K.H.; Marsan, N.A.; Delgado, V.; Biermasz, N.R.; Holman, E.R.; Smit, J.W.A.; Feelders, R.A.; Bax, J.J.; Pereira, A.M.

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    OBJECTIVE: Active Cushing's syndrome (CS) is associated with cardiomyopathy, characterized by myocardial structural, and ultrastructural abnormalities. The extent of myocardial fibrosis in patients with CS has not been previously evaluated. Therefore, the objective of this study was to assess myocar

  4. Subclinical carpal tunnel syndrome in acromegaly.

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    Kameyama, S; Tanaka, R; Hasegawa, A; Tamura, T; Kuroki, M

    1993-08-01

    Median nerve conduction was studied in 16 acromegalic patients with asymptomatic carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) to examine the incidence of subclinical CTS. Thirteen patients (81%) and 23 hands (72%) demonstrated subclinical CTS, 10 bilaterally and three unilaterally in the dominant hand. The incidence reflects the greater sensitivity of the inching method for detecting focal conduction abnormalities. Two of three patients without subclinical CTS showed normal plasma somatomedin-C concentration despite growth hormone hypersecretion. Following adenomectomy, nerve conduction normalized in only six hands (26%). The postoperative persistence of the conduction delay implies that irreversible narrowing of the carpal tunnel rather than reversible soft tissue edema is the principal cause of CTS associated with acromegaly.

  5. Pituitary tumors containing cholecystokinin

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    Rehfeld, J F; Lindholm, J; Andersen, B N

    1987-01-01

    We found small amounts of cholecystokinin in the normal human adenohypophysis and therefore examined pituitary tumors from 87 patients with acromegaly, Cushing's disease, Nelson's syndrome, prolactinoma, or inactive pituitary adenomas. Five adenomas associated with Nelson's syndrome contained...

  6. Tay-Sachs Disease

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  8. [Multihormonal and multifunctional hypophyseal adenoma and the acromegaly syndrome].

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    Dusková, J; Marek, J; Povýsil, C

    2000-07-19

    Woman 75-year-old treated 30 years for syndrome of acromegaly refused pituitary surgery and irradiation. Five years and nine months before death she had a colon carcinoma successfully removed. Multinodular hyperfunctional goitre was treated with carbimazole. For six last years of life corticosteroids were given as a replacement therapy. Her cause of death was the heart failure due to acromegalic heart disease. In autopsy a large intrasellar and extrasellar pituitary adenoma without rests of nonneoplastic tissue was found. Nevertheless the target peripheral endocrine glands except ovaries, were not atrophic. A multinodular goitre and diffuse adrenocortical hyperplasia were revealed. Histology, and immunohistochemistry demonstrated that mot neoplastic cells were producing GH and ACTH, dispersly Prl, scattered cells were positive for beta-subunit of FSH, LH, TSH. Electron microscopy proved most of the cells to be densely granulated. We classify the adenoma according to the newly proposed WHO pituitary tumours classification (1) as plurihormonal, hyperfunctional, extrasellar, typical adenoma from densely granulated cells. We conclude that in plurihormonal adenomas with dominant (in the case referred acromegalic) symptomatology the additional hormonal production should be monitored as a possible source of important complications.

  9. Cushing syndrome associated with an adrenal tumour.

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    Vieira, Helena; Brain, Caroline

    2012-08-27

    Cushing syndrome (CS) in children is a rare disorder that is most frequently caused by an adrenal tumour or a pituitary corticotrophin-secreting adenoma. The management is challenging and requires an individualised approach and multidisciplinary care. We present the case of a 23-month-old female child with a history of excessive weight gain, growth failure, hirsutism, acne and behavioural difficulties. Investigations revealed elevated serum midnight cortisol and 24 h urinary free cortisol. Overnight dexamethasone suppression testing showed no suppression of cortisol levels. Abdominal imaging revealed a right-sided suprarenal mass. She underwent right adrenalectomy and the histology showed an adrenal cortical carcinoma. There was clinical improvement with catch-up growth and weight normalisation. Despite being rare in clinical practice, in a child with weight gain, hirsuitism and growth failure the diagnosis must be considered. The overall prognosis of CS in childhood is good, but challenges remain to ensure normal growth and body composition.

  10. Cardiac effects of 3 months treatment of acromegaly evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging and B-type natriuretic peptides

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    Andreassen, Mikkel; Faber, Jens; Kjær, Andreas;

    2010-01-01

    of acromegaly is initiated. This was a three months prospective study investigating short-term cardiac effects of treatment in acromegalic patients. Cardiac function was evaluated by the gold standard method cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) and circulating levels of B-type natriuretic peptides (BNP......Long-term treatment of acromegaly prevents aggravation and reverses associated heart disease. A previous study has shown a temporary increase in serum levels of the N-terminal fraction of pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) suggesting an initial decline in cardiac function when treatment...... and NT-proBNP). CMRI was performed at baseline and after 3 months of treatment. Levels of IGF-I, BNP and NT-proBNP were measured after 0, 1, 2 and 3 months. Eight patients (5 males and 3 females, mean age 53 ± 12 years (range 30-70)) and 8 matched healthy control subjects were included. Median IGF-I Z...

  11. Gene Expression Signature in Adipose Tissue of Acromegaly Patients.

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    Hochberg, Irit; Tran, Quynh T; Barkan, Ariel L; Saltiel, Alan R; Chandler, William F; Bridges, Dave

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    To study the effect of chronic excess growth hormone on adipose tissue, we performed RNA sequencing in adipose tissue biopsies from patients with acromegaly (n = 7) or non-functioning pituitary adenomas (n = 11). The patients underwent clinical and metabolic profiling including assessment of HOMA-IR. Explants of adipose tissue were assayed ex vivo for lipolysis and ceramide levels. Patients with acromegaly had higher glucose, higher insulin levels and higher HOMA-IR score. We observed several previously reported transcriptional changes (IGF1, IGFBP3, CISH, SOCS2) that are known to be induced by GH/IGF-1 in liver but are also induced in adipose tissue. We also identified several novel transcriptional changes, some of which may be important for GH/IGF responses (PTPN3 and PTPN4) and the effects of acromegaly on growth and proliferation. Several differentially expressed transcripts may be important in GH/IGF-1-induced metabolic changes. Specifically, induction of LPL, ABHD5, and NRIP1 can contribute to enhanced lipolysis and may explain the elevated adipose tissue lipolysis in acromegalic patients. Higher expression of TCF7L2 and the fatty acid desaturases FADS1, FADS2 and SCD could contribute to insulin resistance. Ceramides were not different between the two groups. In summary, we have identified the acromegaly gene expression signature in human adipose tissue. The significance of altered expression of specific transcripts will enhance our understanding of the metabolic and proliferative changes associated with acromegaly.

  12. Congestive heart failure in acromegaly: A review of 6 cases

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    P Dutta

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Though cardiac involvement is common in acromegaly, overt congestive heart failure is uncommon. Materials and Methods: This is retrospective analysis of hospital record between 1996 and 2007. We analyzed records of 150 consecutive patients with acromegaly. We included the patients with acromegaly those who had overt congestive heart failure either at presentation or during the course of illness for the present analysis. The diagnosis of acromegaly and congestive cardiac failure were based on standard criteria. Results:Out of 150 patients with acromegaly, 6 patients had overt CHF (4.0%, of which 4 presented with the features of CHF and 2 developed during the course of illness. Three patients had hypertension and 1 had diabetes. Baseline echocardiography showed severe biventricular dysfunction and global hypokinesia in all. Angiography showed dilated hypokinetic left ventricle with normal coronaries in 3, it was confirmed at autopsy in 1. Three underwent trans-sphenoidal surgery, 1 received somatostatin analogue as primary treatment modality. Normalization of growth hormone and IGF-1 led to improvement in cardiac function in 1, 1 patient lost to follow up, and 4 died during the course of illness. In 1 patient, autopsy was performed and cardiac specimen revealed normal coronaries, concentric ventricular hypertrophy, and dilatation with myofibrolysis and interfascicular fibrosis. Conclusion:Prevalence of overt CHF is 4% in present series. Overt CHF carries poor prognosis and hence, this complication should be recognized at earliest, and medical management to normalized cardiac function should be given utmost priority.

  13. Synchronous Acromegaly and Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor: A Case Report

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    Hüsniye Başer

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    Full Text Available Acromegaly is a rare endocrine disorder characterized by the manifestations of sustained hypersecretion of growth hormone and concomitant elevations in circulating concentrations of insulin-like growth factor-1. It has been reported that patients with acromegaly are at the increased risk of developing malignant tumors, particularly colorectal cancer. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors are mesenchymal tumors of the digestive tract. An association between gastrointestinal stromal tumors and insulin-like growth factor system has been reported. Here, we report a patient diagnosed with synchronous acromegaly and gastrointestinal stromal tumor. A 59-year-old man with iron deficiency anemia presented with enlarged hands, coarse facial feature and several skin tags. Thyroid function tests were within normal range. Growth hormone was 5.14 ng/mL, insulin-like growth factor-1 was 820 ng/mL, and no growth hormone suppression was observed on 75g oral glucose tolerance test. Pituitary magnetic resonance imaging revealed microadenoma, and the patient was diagnosed with acromegaly. Upper gastrointestinal tract endoscopy revealed an ulcerovegetan mass in the duodenum and the results of the histopathologcal analysis was consistent with gastrointestinal stromal tumor. The association of synchronous and asynchronous gastrointestinal stromal tumors with other malignancies have been reported. The most common accompanying neoplasms are colorectal and gastric adenocarcinomas, as well as pancreatic tumors. However, in the literature, the number of reported cases of synchronous acromegaly and gastrointestinal stromal tumor are limited, and there are no sufficient data on this association. Turk Jem 2014; 2: 52-55

  14. Active postoperative acromegaly: sustained remission after discontinuation of somatostatin analogues

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    Cardenas-Salas, Jersy

    2016-01-01

    Summary In patients with active acromegaly after pituitary surgery, somatostatin analogues are effective in controlling the disease and can even be curative in some cases. After treatment discontinuation, the likelihood of disease recurrence is high. However, a small subset of patients remains symptom-free after discontinuation, with normalized growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF1) levels. The characteristics of patients most likely to achieve sustained remission after treatment discontinuation are not well understood, although limited evidence suggests that sustained remission is more likely in patients with lower GH and IGF1 levels before treatment withdrawal, in those who respond well to low-dose treatment, in those without evidence of adenoma on an MRI scan and/or in patients who receive long-term treatment. In this report, we describe the case of a 56-year-old female patient treated with lanreotide Autogel for 11 years. Treatment was successfully discontinued, and the patient is currently disease-free on all relevant parameters (clinical, biochemical and tumour status). The successful outcome in this case adds to the small body of literature suggesting that some well-selected patients who receive long-term treatment with somatostatin analogues may achieve sustained remission. Learning points: The probability of disease recurrence is high after discontinuation of treatment with somatostatin analogues. Current data indicate that remission after treatment discontinuation may be more likely in patients with low GH and IGF1 levels before treatment withdrawal, in those who respond well to low-dose treatment, in those without evidence of adenoma on MRI, and/or in patients receiving prolonged treatment. This case report suggests that prolonged treatment with somatostatin analogues can be curative in carefully selected patients. PMID:27933171

  15. Optimizing control of acromegaly: integrating a growth hormone receptor antagonist into the treatment algorithm.

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    Clemmons, David R; Chihara, Kazuo; Freda, Pamela U; Ho, Ken K Y; Klibanski, Anne; Melmed, Shlomo; Shalet, Stephen M; Strasburger, Christian J; Trainer, Peter J; Thorner, Michael O

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    Acromegaly is associated with significant morbidities and a 2- to 3-fold increase in mortality because of the excessive metabolic action of GH and IGF-I, a marker of GH output. Reductions in morbidity correspond with decreases in IGF-I, and mortality is lowered following normalization of IGF-I or GH levels. Therefore, this has become an important end point. Current guidelines for the treatment of acromegaly have not considered recent advances in medical therapy, in particular, the place of pegvisomant, a GH receptor antagonist. Treatment goals include normalizing biochemical markers, controlling tumor mass, preserving pituitary function, and relieving signs and symptoms. Surgery reduces tumor volume and is considered first-line therapy. Radiation reduces tumor volume and GH and IGF-I levels, but the onset of action is slow and hypopituitarism typically develops. Therefore, pharmacotherapy is often used following surgery or as first-line therapy for nonresectable tumors. Dopamine agonists can be considered in patients exhibiting minimal disease or those with GH-prolactin-cosecreting tumors but will not achieve hormone normalization in most patients. Somatostatin analogs effectively suppress GH and IGF-I in most patients, but intolerance (e.g. diarrhea, cramping, gallstones) can occur. Pegvisomant, the newest therapeutic option, blocks GH action at peripheral receptors, normalizes IGF-I levels, reduces signs and symptoms, and corrects metabolic defects. Pegvisomant does not appear to affect tumor size and has few adverse effects. Pegvisomant is the most effective drug treatment for acromegaly in normalizing IGF-I and producing a clinical response; it is the preferred agent in patients resistant to or intolerant of somatostatin analogs.

  16. Malignant ventricular tachycardia in acromegaly: a case report

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    Full Text Available CONTEXT: In patients with acromegaly, cardiovascular complications are the main cause of death; sudden death has been associated with ventricular tachyarrhythmias. In other patients with life-threatening malignant ventricular tachyarrhythmias, surgical placement of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD has proved highly effective in reducing sudden death rates. CASE REPORT: The present article reports the case of a 50-year-old male acromegalic patient who presented symptoms of syncope induced by ventricular tachycardia. An ICD was surgically implanted and a pituitary adenoma, which was responsible for the acromegaly, was completely removed in the same procedure. The surgery was successful and the ventricular arrhythmias were effectively terminated. During six months of follow-up, no documented arrhythmic episodes occurred. CONCLUSION: In patients with acromegaly, malignant ventricular tachyarrhythmia might be effectively controlled by implantation of an ICD and surgical removal of the pituitary adenoma.

  17. Late presentation of acromegaly in medically controlled prolactinoma patients

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    Ekaterina Manuylova

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    Full Text Available Co-secretion of growth hormone (GH and prolactin (PRL from a single pituitary adenoma is common. In fact, up to 25% of patients with acromegaly may have PRL co-secretion. The prevalence of acromegaly among patients with a newly diagnosed prolactinoma is unknown. Given the possibility of mixed GH and PRL co-secretion, the current recommendation is to obtain an insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1 in patients with prolactinoma at the initial diagnosis. Long-term follow-up of IGF-1 is not routinely done. Here, we report two cases of well-controlled prolactinoma on dopamine agonists with the development of acromegaly 10–20 years after the initial diagnoses. In both patients, a mixed PRL/GH-cosecreting adenoma was confirmed on the pathology examination after transsphenoidal surgery (TSS. Therefore, periodic routine measurements of IGF-1 should be considered regardless of the duration and biochemical control of prolactinoma.

  18. GH-producing mammary tumors in two dogs with acromegaly.

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    Murai, Atsuko; Nishii, Naohito; Morita, Takehito; Yuki, Masashi

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    Two intact female dogs were admitted for growing mammary tumors. They had symptoms of acromegaly including weight gain, enlargement of the head, excessive skin folds, and inspiratory stridor. Serum concentrations of growth hormone (GH), insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), and insulin were elevated in the two cases. From these findings, both dogs were diagnosed with acromegaly. In case 1, the GH, IGF-I, and insulin levels subsided after removal of the focal benign mammary tumors and ovariohysterectomy. In case 2, those levels subsided after removal of only focal mammary carcinoma. In both cases, immunohistochemical investigations for GH were positive in the mammary tumor cells but not in the normal mammary glands. We concluded that GH-producing mammary tumors caused the present acromegaly.

  19. Investigation of the Vitamin D Receptor Polymorphisms in Acromegaly Patients

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    Muzaffer Ilhan; Bahar Toptas-Hekimoglu; Ilhan Yaylim; Seda Turgut; Saime Turan; Ozcan Karaman; Ertugrul Tasan

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    Objective. The genetic structural alterations in the majority of somatotroph adenomas are not clarified and the search for novel candidate genes is still a challenge. We aimed to investigate possible associations between vitamin D receptor (VDR) polymorphisms and acromegaly. Design, Patients, and Methods. 52 acromegaly patients (mean age 45.7 ± 1.9 years) and 83 controls (mean age 43.1 ± 2.6 years) were recruited to the study. VDR polymorphism was determined by polymerase chain reaction-based...

  20. Clinical features and differential diagnosis of pituitary tumours with emphasis on acromegaly.

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    Hennessey, J V; Jackson, I M

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    age of diagnosis usually between the third and fifth decades. Conditions associated with acromegaly include glucose intolerance, diabetes mellitus, lipid abnormalities, cholelithiasis, goitre, and hyperthyroidism, respiratory complications, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and calcium metabolism abnormalities. An association between acromegaly and cancer, especially of the colon, is now recognized. Epidemiological series have indicated that cancer of the colon, breast and other types of malignancy are a cause of death with increased frequency in acromegalics compared with expected rates. Hypopituitary symptoms secondary to the mass effect of macroadenomas in acromegalic patients are common. Among premenopausal women, menstrual irregularities and galactorrhoea have been reported in 40-70%, while more than half of the men complain of impotence and decreased libido.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)

  1. Harvey W. Cushing and cerebrovascular surgery: Part I, Aneurysms.

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    Cohen-Gadol, Aaron A; Spencer, Dennis D

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    The development of surgical techniques for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms has paralleled the evolution of the specialty of neurological surgery. During the Cushing era, intracranial aneurysms were considered inoperable and only ligation of the carotid artery was performed. Cushing understood the limitations of this approach and advised the need for a more thorough understanding of aneurysm pathology before further consideration could be given to the surgical treatment of cerebral aneurysms. Despite his focus on brain tumors, Cushing's contributions to the discipline of neurovascular surgery are of great importance. With the assistance of Sir Charles Symonds, Cushing described the syndrome of subarachnoid hemorrhage. He considered inserting muscle strips into cerebral aneurysms to promote aneurysm sac thrombosis and designed the "silver clip," which was modified by McKenzie and later used by Dandy to clip the first intracranial aneurysm. Cushing was the first surgeon to wrap aneurysms in muscle fragments to prevent recurrent hemorrhage. He established the foundation on which pioneers such as Norman Dott and Walter Dandy launched the modern era of neurovascular surgery.

  2. Growth Hormone and Insulin Signaling in Acromegaly

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    Dal, Jakob; Lundby Høyer, Katrine; Pedersen, Steen Bønløkke;

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    CONTEXT: Somatostatin analogues (SA) used in acromegaly to suppress GH secretion and tumor growth also suppress insulin secretion and may impact GH signaling. OBJECTIVE: To compare GH and insulin signaling after intravenous GH exposure in acromegalic patients controlled by surgery (n=9) or SA (n=9...... MEASURES: GH and insulin signalling in muscle and fat. GH and IGF-I in serum and interstitial fluid; insulin and FFA in serum. RESULTS: The groups were comparable as regards GH and IGF-I. The SA group exhibited higher FFA and glucose levels; basal SOCS1 mRNA in fat was increased in the SA group...... and correlated positively with SA dose (r(2)= 0.54, P=0.04). GH-induced GH signalling (pSTAT5b) in muscle occurred in both groups together with increased expression of SOCS and CISH genes. GH-induced pAKTthr(308) was observed in SA patients. In both groups mRNA expression of PTEN, a suppressor of insulin...

  3. Results of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in Acromegaly

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    Full Text Available Objective. Single-session radiosurgery with Gamma Knife (GK may be a potential adjuvant treatment in acromegaly. We analyzed the safety and efficacy of GK in patients who had previously received maximal surgical debulking at our hospital. Methods. The study was a retrospective analysis of hormonal, radiological, and ophthalmologic data collected in a predefined protocol from 1994 to 2009. The mean age at treatment was 42.3 years (range 22–67 yy. 103 acromegalic patients participated in the study. The median follow-up was 71 months (IQ range 43–107. All patients were treated with GK for residual or recurrent GH-secreting adenoma. Results. Sixty-three patients (61.2% reached the main outcome of the study. The rate of remission was 58.3% at 5 years (95% CI 47.6–69.0%. Other 15 patients (14.6% were in remission after GK while on treatment with somatostatin analogues. No serious side effects occurred after GK. Eight patients (7.8% experienced a new deficit of pituitary function. New cases of hypogonadism, hypothyroidism, and hypoadrenalism occurred in 4 of 77 patients (5.2%, 3 of 95 patients (3.2%, and 6 of 100 patients at risk (6.0%, respectively. Conclusion. In a highly selected group of acromegalic patients, GK treatment had good efficacy and safety.

  4. Death in pediatric Cushing syndrome is uncommon but still occurs

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    Gkourogianni, Alexandra; Lodish, Maya B.; Zilbermint, Mihail; Lyssikatos, Charalampos; Belyavskaya, Elena; Keil, Margaret F.; Stratakis, Constantine A.

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    Cushing syndrome (CS) in children is rare. Delayed diagnosis and treatment of CS may be associated with increased morbidity and, unfortunately, mortality. We performed a retrospective review of all patients with CS under the age of 18 referred to the NIH from 1998 to 2013 in order to describe deceased patients among cases of pediatric CS referred to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The deaths of 4 children (3 females and 1 male), aged 7.5–15.5 years (mean age 11.2 years) with length of disease 2–4 years were recorded among 160 (2.5%) children seen at, or referred to the NIH over the last 15 years. All died at different institutions, prior to coming to the NIH (two of them) or after leaving NIH (two of them). Presenting symptoms included increasing weight and decreasing height gain, facial plethora, dorsocervical fat pad (webbed neck), striae, headache, vision disturbances and depression and other mood or behavior changes; there were no differences between how these patients presented and the others in our cohort. The causes of CS in the deceased patients were also not different, in fact, they spanned the entire spectrum of CS: pituitary disease (on of them), ectopic corticotropin production (one of them), and primary adrenal hyperplasia (1). In one patient, the cause of CS could not be verified. Three died of sepsis and one due to residual disease and complications of the primary tumor. Conclusions Despite advances in early diagnosis and treatment of pediatric CS, a 2.5% mortality rate was identified in a large cohort of patients with this condition referred to an experienced, tertiary care referral center (although these deaths occurred elsewhere). Pediatricians need to recognize the possibility of death, primarily due to sepsis, in a patient with pediatric CS and act accordingly. PMID:25241829

  5. Herniation of cerebellar tonsils in acromegaly: prevalence, pathogenesis and clinical impact.

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    Manara, Renzo; Bommarito, Giulia; Rizzati, Silvia; Briani, Chiara; Della Puppa, Alessandro; Citton, Valentina; Zanchetta, Eva; Zerbo, Fabio; Ermani, Mario; Martini, Chiara; Mantero, Franco; Sicolo, Nicola; Maffei, Pietro; Scaroni, Carla

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    Herniation of cerebellar tonsils (CTH) might occur in acromegaly patients and improve after acromegaly treatment. Our study investigated CTH prevalence in acromegaly, its relationship with clinical, laboratory and neuroimaging findings and its possible pathogenesis and clinical impact. 150 acromegaly patients (median-age 56 years, age-range 21-88, 83 females) underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Clinical data, laboratory and pituitary adenoma imaging findings were recorded. CTH, posterior cranial fossa area, tentorial angle, clivus, supraocciput and Twining's line length were measured in acromegaly patients and controls, who included MRI of 115 consecutive subjects with headache or transient neurological deficits (control group-1) and 24 symptomatic classic Chiari 1 malformation patients (control group-2). Acromegaly patients were interviewed for symptoms known to be related with CTH. 22/150 acromegaly patients (15 %) and 8/115 control group-1 subjects presented with CTH (p = 0.04). In acromegaly patients, CTH correlated positively with younger age and inversely with GH-receptor antagonist treatment. Control group-2 had a shorter clivus than CTH acromegaly patients (40.4 ± 3.2 mm vs 42.5 ± 3.3 mm, p < 0.05), while posterior fossa measures did not differ among acromegaly subgroups (with and without CTH) and control group-1. Headache and vision problems were more frequent in CTH acromegaly patients (p < 0.05); two acromegaly patients presented with imaging and neurological signs of syringomyelia. Despite no signs of posterior fossa underdevelopment or cranial constriction, CTH is more frequent in acromegaly patients and seems to contribute to some disabling neurological symptoms.

  6. Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Prion Diseases)

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  7. Post-operative Streptococcus pneumoniae meningoencephalitis complicating surgery for acromegaly in an identical twin.

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    Cote, David J; Iuliano, Sherry L; Smith, Timothy R; Laws, Edward R

    2015-06-01

    This case report provides provocative and useful data regarding two aspects of acromegaly and its management. The patient, who is one of a pair of identical twins, has no known hereditary, genetic or otherwise potentially etiologic factors as compared to her unaffected sister. Secondly, transsphenoidal surgery, which was ultimately successful, was complicated by pneumococcal meningitis, an unusual event with only four previously reported patients, three of whom ended in death or major neurologic deficits. In this case, a 57-year-old woman gradually developed classical signs and symptoms of acromegaly while her identical twin sister remained normal with no evidence of endocrine disease. Endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery was complicated by the development of meningitis 25 days after surgery. This was controlled following a difficult hospital course. Streptococcus pneumoniae meningoencephalitis is a rare but life-threatening complication of transsphenoidal surgery. A high index of suspicion for incipient meningitis should be maintained when patients present with severe headache and increased intracranial pressure, even if they initially lack the typical symptoms and signs. Immediate and aggressive treatment is necessary to avoid significant neurologic deficit.

  8. Current status and future directions of pharmacological therapy for acromegaly.

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    Mercado, Moisés; Espinosa, Etual; Ramírez, Claudia

    2016-09-01

    Acromegaly is a chronic systemic disorder caused in the vast majority of cases by a GH-secreting pituitary adenoma and resulting in significant morbidity and mortality if left untreated. The treatment of choice is the trans-sphenoidal resection of the adenoma, and although 80% of patients with microadenomas or confined macroadenomas achieve biochemical remission, the surgical success rate for patients harboring tumors with extrasellar extension is below 50%. Thus, a considerable proportion of patients will require some form of adjuvant treatment. Acromegaly can be approached pharmacologically by inhibiting GH secretion by the tumor (somatostatin analogues, dopamine agonists) or by antagonizing GH actions at its target tissues (GH receptor antagonists). The primary pharmacological treatment of acromegaly is increasingly gaining acceptance by both physicians and patients. The decision to use primary pharmacological treatment has to take into account the clinical characteristics of the patient (presence of comorbidities that significantly increase the surgical risk) and the biological nature of the adenoma (tumor size and location), as well as other aspects such as the availability of a pituitary surgeon and the cost of medications. This review provides a critical summary and update of the pharmacological treatment of acromegaly focusing both, on well-established agents and strategies as well as on novel compounds that are currently being developed.

  9. Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, acromegaly, and colorectal neoplasia

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    Tobi, M; Cats, A; Maliakkal, BJ; Kinzie, JL; Maliakkal, R; Dullaart, RPF; Luk, GD

    1997-01-01

    Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (ZES) and acromegaly are two hypersecretory states in which colorectal neoplasia has been described, but the incidence in the former condition may not be increased. We describe four patients with colorectal neoplasia associated with the ZES and review other published cases

  10. Stimulation of growth hormone by vasoactive intestinal polypeptide in acromegaly.

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    Chihara, K; Kaji, H; Minamitani, N; Kodama, H; Kita, T; Goto, B; Chiba, T; Coy, D H; Fujita, T

    1984-01-01

    Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) was administered as an iv bolus of 1 micrograms/kg BW to 8 acromegalic patients and in doses of 0.5 and 1 microgram/kg BW to 15 normal volunteers. Both systolic and diastolic blood pressures decreased, and pulse rate increased transiently after VIP injection. VIP stimulated PRL release from the anterior pituitary in normal subjects. Plasma PRL responses to VIP in women were dose dependent and larger than those in men. On the other hand, plasma GH levels rose markedly after VIP injection in all 6 patients with untreated acromegaly. In 2 patients studied after transsphenoidal microadenomectomy, there was no plasma GH response to VIP. In 2 other patients with inactive acromegaly as well as in normal subjects, VIP failed to affect plasma GH levels. In all 6 patients with active acromegaly, LRH (1-2 micrograms/kg BW, iv) did not increase plasma GH levels, but TRH (5-10 micrograms/kg BW, iv) caused significant increases in plasma GH, the magnitude of which was not similar to that of increases seen after VIP injection. Paradoxical GH responses to TRH were not observed in patients in the inactive phase after transsphenoidal surgery. These findings suggest that VIP stimulates GH release in vivo in acromegalic patients. A VIP test as well as a TRH test offer promise as simple and reliable techniques to evaluate the activity of acromegaly, particularly after transsphenoidal surgery.

  11. [Differential diagnosis of essential adiposity and Cushings syndrome].

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    Kubel, M; Schwerdtner, U

    1975-04-01

    On account of the increasing number of patients with essential obesity the delimitation of the Cushing-syndrome is of actual importance. Two observations of hypercortisolism in hyperplasia of the adrenal glands are reported on and the differential-diagnostically important parameters are demonstrated. According to our opinion anamnesis and clinical findings give the possibility of making a diagnosis already on a large scale. Analyses of the hormones and special X-ray examinations only serve for the preoperative ascertainment and localisation of the endocrine defective function. With the help of literary data causes and possibilities of treatment of Cushing's syndrome are entered.

  12. Small cell carcinoma of the prostate presenting with Cushing Syndrome. A narrative review of an uncommon condition.

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    Rueda-Camino, José Antonio; Losada-Vila, Beatriz; De Ancos-Aracil, Cristina Lucía; Rodríguez-Lajusticia, Laura; Tardío, Juan Carlos; Zapatero-Gaviria, Antonio

    2016-01-01

    Small cell carcinoma (SCC) of the prostate is an uncommon condition; there are very few cases in which presenting symptoms are consistent with Cushing Syndrome (CS). We report a new case in which CS triggers the suspicion of an SCC of the prostate and a review of the published cases of SCC of the prostate presenting with CS. The origin of these neoplasms is still unclear. It may be suspected when laboratory features appear in patients diagnosed with prostatic adenocarcinoma which becomes resistant to specific therapy. SCC usually occurs after the 6th decade. Patients suffering SCC of the prostate presenting with CS usually present symptoms such as hypertension, hyperglycemia, alkalosis or hypokalemia; cushingoid phenotype is less frequent. Cortisol and ACTH levels are often high. Prostatic-specific antigen levels are usually normal. CT scan is the preferred imaging test to localize the lesion, but its performance may be improved by adding other tests, such as FDG-PET scan. All patients have metastatic disease at the time of diagnosis. Lymph nodes, liver and bone are the most frequent metastases sites. Surgery and Ketokonazole are the preferred treatments for CS. The prognosis is very poor: 2- and 5-year survival rates are 27.5 and 14.3%, respectively. Key messages When a patient presents with ectopic Cushing Syndrome but lungs are normal, an atypical localization should be suspected. We should suspect a prostatic origin if Cushing Syndrome is accompanied by obstructive inferior urinary tract symptoms or in the setting of a prostatic adenocarcinoma with rapid clinical and radiological progression with relatively low PSA levels. Although no imaging test is preferred to localize these tumors, FDG-PET-TC can be very useful. Hormone marker scintigraphy (e.g. somatostatin) could be used too. As Cushing Syndrome is a paraneoplastic phenomenon, treatment of the underlying disease may help control hypercortisolism manifestations. These tumors are usually metastatic by the

  13. Prevalence of lung structure abnormalities in patients with acromegaly and their relationship with gas exchange: cross-sectional analytical study with a control group

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    Full Text Available CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: Different functional respiratory alterations have been described in acromegaly, but their relationship with pulmonary tissue abnormalities is unknown. The objective of this study was to observe possible changes in lung structure and explain their relationship with gas exchange abnormalities. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional analytical study with a control group, conducted at a university hospital. METHODS: The study included 36 patients with acromegaly and 24 controls who were all assessed through high-resolution computed tomography of the thorax (CT. Arterial blood gas, effort oximetry and serum growth hormone (GH and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-1 were also assessed in the patients with acromegaly. RESULTS: The abnormalities found in the CT scan were not statistically different between the acromegaly and control groups: mild cylindrical bronchiectasis (P = 0.59, linear opacity (P = 0.29, nodular opacity (P = 0.28, increased attenuation (frosted glass; P = 0.48 and decreased attenuation (emphysema; P = 0.32. Radiographic abnormalities were not associated with serum GH and IGF-1. Hypoxemia was present in seven patients; however, in six of them, the hypoxemia could be explained by underlying clinical conditions other than acromegaly: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in two, obesity in two, bronchial infection in one and asthma in one. CONCLUSION: No changes in lung structure were detected through thorax tomography in comparison with the control subjects. The functional respiratory alterations found were largely explained by alternative diagnoses or had subclinical manifestations, without any plausible relationship with lung structural factors.

  14. Pegvisomant and cabergoline combination therapy in acromegaly.

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    Bernabeu, I; Alvarez-Escolá, C; Paniagua, A E; Lucas, T; Pavón, I; Cabezas-Agrícola, J M; Casanueva, F F; Marazuela, M

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    Combination with cabergoline may offer additional benefits to acromegalic patients on pegvisomant monotherapy. We evaluated the safety and efficacy profile of this combination and investigated the determinants of response. An observational, retrospective, cross-sectional study. Fourteen acromegalic patients (9 females), who were partially resistant to somatostatin analogs and on pegvisomant monotherapy. Cabergoline was added because of the presence of persistent mildly increased IGF-I. The mean follow-up time was 18.3 ± 10.4 months. The efficacy and safety profile was assessed. The influence of clinical and biochemical characteristics on treatment efficacy was studied. IGF-I levels returned to normal in 4 patients (28%) at the end of the study. In addition, some decline in IGF-I levels was observed in a further 5 patients. The % IGF-I decreased from 158 ± 64% to 124 ± 44% (p = 0.001). The average change in IGF-I was -18 ± 27% (range -67 to +24%). Lower baseline IGF-I (p = 0.007), female gender (p = 0.013), lower body weight (p = 0.031), and higher prolactin (PRL) levels (p = 0.007) were associated with a better response to combination therapy. There were no significant severe adverse events. Significant tumour shrinkage was observed in 1 patient. Combination therapy with pegvisomant and cabergoline could provide better control of IGF-I in some patients with acromegaly. Baseline IGF-I levels, female gender, body weight, and PRL levels affect the response to this combination therapy.

  15. 垂体生长激素瘤合并甲状腺高功能腺瘤一例报告并文献复习%Association of toxic thyroid adenoma with acromegaly: one case report and literature review

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    谷伟军; 窦京涛; 杨国庆; 吕朝晖; 巴建明; 母义明; 陆菊明; 潘长玉

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    Hyperthyroidism and acromegaly formed an unusual association.An acromegaly patient with a toxic thyroid adenoma was reported here,including clinical features,treatment,and final outcomes.The association of thyroid disease with acromegaly was reviewed.%生长激素瘤合并甲状腺高功能腺瘤临床较为罕见,本文报道1例垂体生长激素瘤合并甲状腺高功能腺瘤患者的临床特点、治疗、转归,并对两者关系的近期国内外研究进行复习.

  16. Expert consensus document: A consensus on the medical treatment of acromegaly.

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    Giustina, Andrea; Chanson, Philippe; Kleinberg, David; Bronstein, Marcello D; Clemmons, David R; Klibanski, Anne; van der Lely, Aart J; Strasburger, Christian J; Lamberts, Steven W; Ho, Ken K Y; Casanueva, Felipe F; Melmed, Shlomo

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    In March 2013, the Acromegaly Consensus Group met to revise and update guidelines for the medical treatment of acromegaly. The meeting comprised experts skilled in the medical management of acromegaly. The group considered treatment goals covering biochemical, clinical and tumour volume outcomes, and the place in guidelines of somatostatin receptor ligands, growth hormone receptor antagonists and dopamine agonists, and alternative modalities for treatment including combination therapy and novel treatments. This document represents the conclusions of the workshop consensus.

  17. Effects of previous growth hormone excess and current medical treatment for acromegaly on cognition

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    Brummelman, Pauline; Koerts, Janneke; Dullaart, Robin P. F.; van den Berg, Gerrit; Tucha, Oliver; Wolffenbuttel, Bruce H R; van Beek, Andre P.

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    Background In untreated acromegaly patients, decreased cognitive functioning is reported to be associated with the degree of growth hormone (GH) and IGF-1 excess. Whether previous GH excess or current medical treatment for acromegaly specifically affects cognition remains unclear. The aim of this study was to compare cognitive functioning of patients who are treated for acromegaly with patients with non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFA). In addition, we assessed the influence of prolonged ...

  18. Incidence and prevalence of acromegaly in a large US health plan database

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    Burton, Tanya; Le Nestour, Elisabeth; Neary, Maureen; Ludlam, William H.

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    Purpose Incidence and prevalence estimates of acromegaly in the United States (US) are limited. Most existing reports are based on European data sources. The objective of this study was to estimate the annual incidence and prevalence of acromegaly in a large US managed care population, overall and stratified by age, sex, and geographic region, using data from 2008 to 2012. Methods Using administrative claims data, commercial health plan enrollees were identified with acromegaly if they had tw...

  19. Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular complications and clinical characteristics of Cushing's disease patients with a normal kalemic level or hypokalemia%正常血钾和伴低血钾库欣病患者心脑血管并发症和临床特点的比较

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    Objective To compare the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular complications and clinical characteristics of Cushing's disease patients with different serum potassium levels. Methods Clinical data about 187 adult Cushing's disease patients admitted to our hospital from 1991 to 2011 were retrospectively analyzed. The patients were divided into two groups according to their serum potassium level. Their cardiovascular and cerebrovascular complications and clinical characteristics were compared. Results The average age of the patients was 20-76 years (mean 38.8±11.3 years). Of the 187 patients, 43.3%(81/187) were diagnosed with hypokalemia. The number of males was greater than that of females, the course of disease was shorter, the blood pressure and blood lipid level and the incidence of striae, ecchymoses and edema of lower limbs were higher in patients with hypokalemia than in those with a normal serum potassium level(P0.05). Conclusion Hypokalemia usually occurs in males. Its course is shorter, its signs are more significant, the abnormal metabolism is severer, the hormone level is higher, and the incidence of vascular complications is higher in hypokalemia patients, especially in those with arrhythmia and proteinuria.%  目的比较不同血钾水平库欣病患者心脑血管并发症和临床特点。方法回顾性分析1991-2011年在我院诊治的187例成年库欣病患者临床资料,根据血钾正常与否分组,比较两组心脑血管并发症和临床特点。结果患者平均年龄20~76(38.8±11.3)岁,43.3%(81/187)伴有低血钾。与血钾正常组比较,低血钾组男性比例高于女性(P<0.01)、病程更短(P<0.01)、血压和血脂水平更高(P<0.05);低血钾组紫纹、瘀斑和下肢水肿发生率更高(P<0.05),更易发生碱中毒(P<0.01);低血钾组血清ACTH、F和24 h UFC均显著高于血钾正常组(P<0.01),大剂量地塞米松抑制试验阴性率更高(37.1%vs 9.4%, P=0.00);低血钾组

  20. Concentrations of the acute phase reactants high-sensitive C-reactive protein and YKL-40 and of interleukin-6 before and after treatment in patients with acromegaly and growth hormone deficiency

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    Andreassen, Mikkel; Vestergaard, Henrik; Kristensen, Lars Østergaard

    2007-01-01

    Acromegaly is accompanied by increased cardiovascular mortality and a cluster of proatherogenic risk factors. In the general population, ischaemic heart disease (IHD) is associated with elevated levels of inflammatory markers. The acute phase reactant (APR) C-reactive protein (CRP) has been...... reported to be reduced in acromegaly and increase after treatment, suggesting that excess of GH/IGF-I could have anti-inflammatory effects. This is in accordance with results obtained in patients with growth hormone deficiency (GHD), where increased levels of CRP have been reported....

  1. Altered amygdala and hippocampus function in adolescents with hypercortisolemia: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study of Cushing syndrome.

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    Maheu, Françoise S; Mazzone, Luigi; Merke, Deborah P; Keil, Margaret F; Stratakis, Constantine A; Pine, Daniel S; Ernst, Monique

    2008-01-01

    Chronic elevations of endogenous cortisol levels have been shown to alter medial temporal cortical structures and to be accompanied by declarative memory impairments and depressive symptoms in human adults. These effects of elevated endogenous levels of cortisol have not been directly studied in adolescents. Because adolescents with Cushing syndrome show endogenous elevations in cortisol, they represent a unique natural model to study the effects of prolonged hypercortisolemia on brain function, and memory and affective processes during this developmental stage. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we compared 12 adolescents with Cushing syndrome with 22 healthy control adolescents on amygdala and anterior hippocampus activation during an emotional faces encoding task. None of these adolescents manifested depressive symptoms. Encoding success was assessed using a memory recognition test performed after the scan. The fMRI analyses followed an event-related design and were conducted using the SPM99 platform. Compared to healthy adolescents, patients with Cushing syndrome showed greater left amygdala and right anterior hippocampus activation during successful face encoding. Memory performance for faces recognition did not differ between groups. This first study of cerebral function in adolescents with chronic endogenous hypercortisolemia due to Cushing syndrome demonstrates the presence of functional alterations in amygdala and hippocampus, which are not associated with affective or memory impairments. Such findings need to be followed by work examining the role of age and related brain maturational stage on these effects, as well as the identification of possible protective factors conferring resilience to affective and cognitive consequences in this disease and/or during this stage of cerebral development.

  2. Hypercoagulable State in Cushing's Syndrome: A Systematic Review

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    B. van Zaane; E. Nur; A. Squizzato; O.M. Dekkers; M.T.B. Twickler; E. Fliers; V.E.A. Gerdes; H.R. Büller; D.P.M. Brandjes

    2009-01-01

    Context: It has been debated whether an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) exists in patients with Cushing's syndrome. Objective: We aimed to summarize published literature on the effects of endogenous hypercortisolism on coagulation and fibrinolysis, as well as on the clinical outcome o

  3. Chronic Glucocorticoid Hypersecretion in Cushing's Syndrome Exacerbates Cognitive Aging

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    Michaud, Kathy; Forget, Helene; Cohen, Henri

    2009-01-01

    Cumulative exposure to glucocorticoid hormones (GC) over the lifespan has been associated with cognitive impairment and may contribute to physical and cognitive degeneration in aging. The objective of the present study was to examine whether the pattern of cognitive deficits in patients with Cushing's syndrome (CS), a disorder characterized by…

  4. New developments in the medical treatment of Cushing's syndrome

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    R. van der Pas (Rob); W.W. de Herder (Wouter); L.J. Hofland (Leo); R.A. Feelders (Richard)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractCushing's syndrome (CS) is a severe endocrine disorder characterized by chronic cortisol excess due to an ACTH-secreting pituitary adenoma, ectopic ACTH production, or a cortisol-producing adrenal neoplasia. Regardless of the underlying cause, untreated CS is associated with considerable

  5. Psychiatric disorders associated with Cushing's syndrome. Epidemiology, pathophysiology and treatment.

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    Sonino, N; Fava, G A

    2001-01-01

    Cushing's syndrome is caused by a chronic excess of glucocorticoids. A number of psychiatric and psychological disturbances may be associated with the condition, regardless of its aetiology. Major depression is the most common comorbid disorder. Other psychopathological aspects of Cushing's syndrome in adults include mania, anxiety disorders and cognitive dysfunction. The presence of depression connotes a severe clinical presentation and, in patients with hypothalamic-pituitary forms of Cushing's syndrome, is prognostically useful. Inhibitors of corticosteroid production (e.g. ketoconazole, metyrapone, aminoglutethimide), rather than antidepressant drugs, are generally successful in relieving depressive symptoms, as well as other disabling symptoms. These drugs can be used to control symptoms prior to surgical treatment of Cushing's syndrome. Long-standing hypercortisolism may cause some degree of irreversible pathological damage and induce highly individualised affective responses based on each patient's psychological assets and liabilities. As a result, upon normalisation of cortisol levels, treatment may still be required, and should encompass both psychotherapeutic strategies (particularly cognitive-behavioural therapies that have been found to be effective in affective disorders) and psychotropic drug treatment [antidepressants such as tricyclic agents and selective serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine; 5-HT) reuptake inhibitors]. In patients with severe anxiety, benzodiazepines (e.g. clonazepam in small doses) may also be helpful.

  6. Cardiac dysfunction is reversed upon successful treatment of Cushing's syndrome

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    A.M. Pereira (Alberto); V. Delgado (Victoria); J.A. Romijn (Johannes); J.W.A. Smit (Jan); J.J. Bax (Jeroen); R.A. Feelders (Richard)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractObjective: In patients with active Cushing's syndrome (CS), cardiac structural and functional changes have been described in a limited number of patients. It is unknown whether these changes reverse after successful treatment. We therefore evaluated the changes in cardiac structure and d

  7. LUPUS ERITEMATOSO SISTÉMICO SÍNDROME DE CUSHING Y PSIQUIATRÍA DE ENLACE Erythematous systemic lupus, Cushing`s syndrome and psychiatric

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    Ludwig Pájaro Silva

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta el caso de una paciente con diagnóstico de lupus eritematoso sistémico y síndrome de Cushing quien presentó síntomas afectivos de características depresivas e insomnio de conciliación, quien recibió múltiples tratamientos farmacológicos con pobre respuesta inicial. La psiquiatría de enlace consolida una alternativa de tratamiento multidisciplinario para una aproximación más eficiente a las patologías médicas con síntomas psiquiátricos.We present a case of systemic erythematosus lupus and Cushing's syndrome who has affective symptoms of depressive characteristic and insomnia and multiple pharmacological treatments with poor response. The intervention by psychiatry liaison is an alternative of multidisciplinary treatment for an efficient approximation of medical pathologies with psychiatric symptoms.

  8. Anthropometric Measures and Fasting Insulin Levels in Children Before and after Cure of Cushing syndrome

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    Keil, Margaret F; Graf, Jennifer; Gokarn, Nirmal; Stratakis, Constantine A

    2011-01-01

    Background & Aims Children with Cushing syndrome present with growth delay and excess adiposity that tends to be generalized rather than centripetal. There are no prospective studies of this phenotype as it evolves before and after treatment in children. The aims of this study were to evaluate children prior to and one-year after surgical cure compared to controls and to determine fasting insulin levels and their possible association with waist circumference and waist-height ratio, pre- and post-cure of Cushing syndrome. Methods 30 children with Cushing syndrome were evaluated prior to and one-year post-treatment and compared to 14 age and body mass index-matched controls. Results Only triceps skin fold z- score showed a significant difference between patients with active Cushing syndrome and controls. A positive correlation between fasting insulin levels and waist circumference z- score was found for children with Cushing syndrome; this association persisted one-year following cure. Conclusions Unlike adults affected with Cushing syndrome, upper arm muscle area of children with Cushing syndrome did not differ from obese children without Cushing syndrome. The persistence of a positive correlation between waist circumference and fasting insulin despite remission of Cushing syndrome suggests that children with a history of Cushing syndrome may have an increased risk for adverse long-term effects of increased abdominal fat mass. Clinical Trial numbers: NCT00001595, NCT00001452, NCT00005927 PMID:22154461

  9. An evaluation of laboratory tests for the detection and differential diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome.

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    Hankin, M E; Theile, H M; Steinbeck, A W

    1977-03-01

    1. Results of tests for the diagnosis of Cushings syndrome of varoius aetiologies are discussed for twenty-five patients in whom the pathology was established by operation or autopsy. 2. Control values for the urinary excretion of free cortisol, 17-OHCS, Porter-Silber chromogens (P-SC) and 17-OS and plasma levels of P-SC are compared with those for normal subjects. 3. The results indicated that urinary values are within the normal range for some patients with Cushing's syndrome. 4. Plasma levels of P-SC in the morning were within the normal range for the majority and elevated for the rest. 5. Some patients showed day-night variation of plasma P-SC but evening values were above the normal range. 6. The expected response for low dosage dexamethasone was found in all patients tested but unexpected responses followed high dosage in some. 7. Plasma 11-OHCS in the five patients tested failed to respond to insulin induced hypoglycaemia. 8. Metyrapone administration and corticotrophin infusion tests had limited usefulness in establishing the aetiology of the disease. The 17-OHCS excretion became raised in the response to corticotrophin and the evaluation was prolonged beyond normal responsiveness.

  10. Pituitary diseases : long-term clinical consequences

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    Klaauw, Agatha Apolonia van der

    2008-01-01

    This thesis describes various studies during the long-term follow-up of patients after treatment for pituitary diseases. The focus of this thesis is acromegaly, growth hormone deficiency, sleep and quality of life. Various aspects are described.

  11. Metabolic glucose status and pituitary pathology portend therapeutic outcomes in acromegaly.

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    Sonia Cheng

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Acromegaly is frequently associated with impaired glucose tolerance and/or diabetes. To evaluate the relationship between glucose metabolism and acromegaly disease, we evaluated 269 consecutive patients from two referral centres. METHODS: Clinical presentation, pituitary tumor size and invasiveness, and pituitary pathology were captured in a dedicated database. RESULTS: 131 women and 138 men with a mean age of 53.8 years were included. Of these, 201 (74.7% presented with a macroadenoma and 18 (6.7% with a microadenoma. Radiographic invasion was present in 91 cases (33.8%. Mean tumor diameter was 1.86 cm (0.2-4.6. Pituitary histopathologic findings revealed pure GH-producing somatotroph adenomas (SA in 147 patients, prolactin-production by mixed lactotroph (LA and SA or mammosomatotroph adenoma (MSA in 46 [22.4%], acidophil stem cell adenoma in 6 [2.9%], and other diagnoses in 6 [2.9%]. Medical treatment included octreotide in 96 [36.9%] and in combination with pegvisomant or dopamine agonists in 63 [24.2%]. Nearly 80% of patients achieved IGF-1 normalization. Importantly, patients with pure somatotroph adenomas were significantly more likely to present with abnormal glucose metabolism [48.7%] than those with mixed adenomas [9.7%] [p<0.001] independent of GH/IGF-1 levels or tumor invasiveness. Abnormal glucose metabolism and pituitary pathology also remained linked following IGF-1 normalization. Moreover patients with pure SA and abnormal glucose metabolism were significantly (p<0.001 less likely to achieve disease remission despite the same therapeutic strategies. Conversely, patients with mixed adenomas were more likely (OR: 2.766 (95% CI: 1.490-5.136 to achieve disease remission. CONCLUSIONS: Patients with pure somatotroph adenomas are more likely than those with mixed adenomas to exhibit abnormal glucose metabolism.

  12. [Equine Cushing syndrome (ECS). Case report, review of its diagnosis and therapy and substantial differences from Cushing syndrome in dogs].

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    Fey, K; Jonigkeit, E; Moritz, A

    1998-02-01

    Equine and canine Cushing's syndrome, both of which are the result of elevated cortisol levels, show some different pathogenetical and clinical features and require different therapeutical approaches. In older horses the equine Cushing's syndrome (ECS) is not uncommon. Nearly all cases result from excessive hormone production in cells of the pars intermedia of the pituitary. Besides elevated levels of adrenocorticotrope hormone (ACTH), high peripheral levels of pro-opiomelanocortin, beta-endorphines and alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone can be measured. In middle-aged and geriatric dogs, Cushing's syndrome is the most frequently diagnosed endocrinologic abnormality. 80-85% of cases are pituitary-dependent and 15-20% are caused by cortisol producing tumors of the adrenals. 90% of pituitary lesions can be identified as adenomas, which are localised in most cases in the pars distalis of the gland, but may occur rarely in the pars intermedia, too. Clinical symptoms in both species are characterised by wasting despite good appetite or polyphagia, reduction of muscle mass with altered fat deposition and lethargy. Whereas polydipsia/polyuria is a very common feature in dogs with Cushing's syndrome, in horses it is almost invariably a sign of concurrent secondary diabetes mellitus. A typical symptom in ECS is a continuously growing haircoat (hirsutism), whereas in canine Cushing's syndrome generalised alopecia may bring the owner to consult a veterinarian. The symptoms and diagnostic procedures in a 33-year-old mare are described. Useful diagnostic tests are reviewed with special attention to species differences in reacting to them. The therapeutic approach with dopamine-agonists such as bromocriptine and pergolide as well as cyproheptadine to ECS is reviewed.

  13. Surgical management of acromegaly in a resource-challenged environment

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    Idowu Olufemi Emmanuel

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The management of acromegaly caused by an uncommon growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma can be challenging in low-resource African subregion. We conducted a study over a 2-year period to describe the results and challenges following surgical treatment of this rare condition in our centre. The clinical outcome was defined as successful based on the surgeon′s intraoperative observation, postoperative neuroimaging findings and neuroendocrinological results. A total of three patients (two males and one female aged 19-32 years were included. Visual impairment was the main presenting symptom in all the three patients. The postoperative period was uneventful. Acromegaly is an uncommon disorder in our region. Surgery is the treatment of choice in low-resource practice.

  14. Acromegaly associated with a symptomatic Rathke′s cyst

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    Vishal Gupta

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Our aim is to describe a case of acromegaly that was associated with symptomatic Rathke′s cyst. We describe a young male student without any significant family history who presented with clinical and biochemical features consistent with growth hormone excess, which was confirmed with dynamic testing. He also described a persistent headache predating symptoms of growth hormone excess by 4 years. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of the pituitary showed a large sellar mass which was thought to be a somatotroph adenoma. Trans-sphenoidal surgery was performed; however, a colloid lesion was identified by the neurosurgeon that proved to be a Rathke′s cyst. The association of acromegaly with Rathke′s cyst is very rare, with less than 10 cases found to be reported on review of literature. This is the first report from India.

  15. A case of Cushing s syndrome in pregnancy secondary to an adrenal cortical adenoma.

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    Kim, Hwi Gon; Lee, Kwang Hyun; Je, Goo Hwa; Han, Myoung Seok

    2003-01-01

    Cushing s syndrome in pregnant women is rare and difficult to be diagnosed because of the syndrome's association with oligomenorrhea or amenorrhea and the changes in cortisol metabolism during normal pregnancy. Cushing syndrome in pregnancy is usually confused with complicated pregnancy, such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes, and its rarity leads to a low degree of clinical suspicion, often delaying diagnosis. We experienced a case of Cushing s syndrome in pregnancy, which had been con...

  16. The correspondence and collaboration of Harvey Cushing and Irvine Page: Lessons from the Cleveland Clinic Archives

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    Abdullah, Kalil G.; Daniel Lubelski; Frederick Lautzenheiser; Thomas E Mroz

    2015-01-01

    Harvey Cushing is well-known as a pioneer of brain surgery and is considered the father of modern neurosurgery. However, Cushing′s interests and contributions extend beyond neurosurgery. Through his determined interdisciplinary collaboration in medicine and biomedical research, Cushing was able to contribute to numerous fields including bacteriology, anesthesiology, and endocrinology. With regards to the latter, Cushing corresponds with Irvine Page, well-known for isolating serotonin, discove...

  17. Locking of metacarpophalangeal joints in a patient with acromegaly

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    Tani, Y.; Tanaka, N.; Isoya, Eiji [Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Soseikai General Hospital, Kyoto (Japan)

    1999-11-01

    A 39-year-old man with acromegaly exhibited locking of metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints of both index fingers. Large osteophytes were found at the metacarpal heads by radiography and computerized tomography (CT). Magnetic resonance (MR) images revealed hypertrophy of volar plates. We suggest that these characteristic acromegalic features caused locking of MCP joints. Surgery was required on one of the joints to release the locking. (orig.)

  18. Correlation between GH and IGF-1 during treatment for acromegaly.

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    Oldfield, Edward H; Jane, John A; Thorner, Michael O; Pledger, Carrie L; Sheehan, Jason P; Vance, Mary Lee

    2016-11-18

    OBJECTIVE The relationship between growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in patients with acromegaly as serial levels drop over time after treatment has not been examined previously. Knowledge of this relationship is important to correlate pretreatment levels that best predict response to treatment. To examine the correlation between GH and IGF-1 and IGF-1 z-scores over a wide range of GH levels, the authors examined serial GH and IGF-1 levels at intervals before and after surgery and radiosurgery for acromegaly. METHODS This retrospective analysis correlates 414 pairs of GH and IGF-1 values in 93 patients with acromegaly. RESULTS Absolute IGF-1 levels increase linearly with GH levels only up to a GH of 4 ng/ml, and with IGF-1 z-scores only to a GH level of 1 ng/ml. Between GH levels of 1 and 10 ng/ml, increases in IGF-1 z-scores relative to changes in GH diminish and then plateau at GH concentrations of about 10 ng/ml. From patient to patient there is a wide range of threshold GH levels beyond which IGF-1 increases are no longer linear, GH levels at which the IGF-1 response plateaus, IGF-1 levels at similar GH values after the IGF-1 response plateaus, and of IGF-1 levels at similar GH levels. CONCLUSIONS In acromegaly, although IGF-1 levels represent a combination of the integrated effects of GH secretion and GH action, the tumor produces GH, not IGF-1. Nonlinearity between GH and IGF-1 occurs at GH levels far below those previously recognized. To monitor tumor activity and tumor viability requires measurement of GH levels.

  19. Skin manifestations of acromegaly - a study of 34 cases.

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    Arya, K R; Krishna, K; Chadda, M

    1997-01-01

    The common dermatological manifestations seen in 34 cases of acromegaly were changes in facial appearance, enlargement of hands and feet, intolerance to heat and sweating, carpal tunnel syndrome, hirsutism, acrochordons and acanthosis nigricans. The mean estimated age of onset was 32.8 years in males and 31.7 years in females, while the mean age at the time of diagnosis was 38.6 years and 36.1 years for males and females respectively, with a slight male preponderance noted.

  20. Acromegaly with sleep disturbances relieved by yttrium-90 pituitary implantation

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    Rosenstock, J.; Doyle, F.H.; Joplin, G.F.; Jung, R.T.; Mashiter, K. (Hammersmith Hospital, London (UK). Postgraduate Medical School)

    1982-03-01

    A brief case history is presented of a patient, who, after yttrium-90 implantation, showed a complete clinical and hormonal remission of her acromegaly, maintaining normal pituitary function. The remarkable feature was the rapid disappearance of her attacks of somnolence within 96 hours of pituitary implantation, despite persistence of nocturnal snoring and well before any remodelling of soft tissues could have occurred. This response suggests that her daytime somnolence had a narcoleptic component.

  1. Effects of previous growth hormone excess and current medical treatment for acromegaly on cognition

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    Brummelman, Pauline; Koerts, Janneke; Dullaart, Robin P. F.; van den Berg, Gerrit; Tucha, Oliver; Wolffenbuttel, Bruce H. R.; van Beek, Andre P.

    2012-01-01

    Background In untreated acromegaly patients, decreased cognitive functioning is reported to be associated with the degree of growth hormone (GH) and IGF-1 excess. Whether previous GH excess or current medical treatment for acromegaly specifically affects cognition remains unclear. The aim of this st

  2. Surgical efficacy of carpal tunnel release for carpal tunnel syndrome in acromegaly: report of four patients.

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    Iwasaki, N; Masuko, T; Ishikawa, J; Minami, A

    2005-12-01

    Although carpal tunnel syndrome is frequent in acromegaly, few acromegalics will be encountered by most hand surgeons. This paper considers the treatment of four cases of acromegaly in whom carpal tunnel syndrome arose, to discuss aspects of management of carpal tunnel syndrome in this patient group.

  3. Combination of Klinefelter Syndrome and Acromegaly: A Rare Case Report.

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    Fang, Hongjuan; Xu, Jian; Wu, Huanwen; Fan, Hong; Zhong, Liyong

    2016-04-01

    Klinefelter syndrome (KS) is the most common chromosomal aneuploidy in male population, which demonstrates an unusual association with acromegaly. We herein present a rare case involving the confirmation of KS 2 years after surgical treatment for acromegaly.A 27-year-old man presented with an acromegalic appearance. Endocrinological examination revealed a high growth hormone (GH) concentration, low testosterone concentration, and high follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone concentration. Brain imaging revealed a 9 × 6 × 7- mm sellar low-density nodule suggestive of a microadenoma. Trans-sphenoidal surgery was undertaken, and immunohistochemistry revealed GH positivity. Two years after surgery, the patient underwent examination for infertility. He presented with diminished pubic hair, and small and firm testes. Hormonal assay revealed hypergonadotrophic hypogonadism on the basis of decreased serum total testosterone (syndrome itself. As the simultaneous occurrence of KS and acromegaly is rare, and the association between them remains unclear, we suggest that complete pituitary hormonal screening and conventional pituitary MRI should be essential for patients with KS to screen for pituitary tumor.

  4. Reflections on the contributions of Harvey Cushing to the surgery of peripheral nerves.

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    Tubbs, R Shane; Patel, Neal; Nahed, Brian Vala; Cohen-Gadol, Aaron A; Spinner, Robert J

    2011-05-01

    By the time Harvey Cushing entered medical school, nerve reconstruction techniques had been developed, but peripheral nerve surgery was still in its infancy. As an assistant surgical resident influenced by Dr. William Halsted, Cushing wrote a series of reports on the use of cocaine for nerve blocks. Following his residency training and a hiatus to further his clinical interests and intellectual curiosity, he traveled to Europe and met with a variety of surgeons, physiologists, and scientists, who likely laid the groundwork for Cushing's increased interest in peripheral nerve surgery. Returning to The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1901, he began documenting these surgeries. Patient records preserved at Yale's Cushing Brain Tumor Registry describe Cushing's repair of ulnar and radial nerves, as well as his exploration of the brachial plexus for nerve repair or reconstruction. The authors reviewed Harvey Cushing's cases and provide 3 case illustrations not previously reported by Cushing involving neurolysis, nerve repair, and neurotization. Additionally, Cushing's experience with facial nerve neurotization is reviewed. The history, physical examination, and operative notes shed light on Cushing's diagnosis, strategy, technique, and hence, his surgery on peripheral nerve injury. These contributions complement others he made to surgery of the peripheral nervous system dealing with nerve pain, entrapment, and tumor.

  5. [Carpal tunnel syndrome in acromegaly--4-case report and review of literature].

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    Imamura, H; Isu, T; Iwasaki, Y; Sugimoto, S; Abe, H; Tashiro, K

    1989-09-01

    Four cases of carpal tunnel syndrome in acromegaly were reported. These 4 cases were found in 21 acromegalies (19%). Besides change of features, they complained bilateral sensory disturbances of their hands. After transsphenoidal removal of pituitary adenoma, GH levels returned to the normal range and sensory disturbances were improved in all cases. Mechanism of carpal tunnel syndrome in acromegaly is that edematous synovial tissues compress the median nerve because oversecretion of growth hormone causes increase of sodium and water retention in the extracellular fluid. The patient who showes high basal level of growth hormone and/or acromegalic pattern by various tolerance tests does not always have the carpal tunnel syndrome. But this syndrome is apt to be found in active acromegaly. So the detection of the symptom showed by this activity such as hypersudation in our cases leads to the early diagnosis of acromegaly.

  6. Prevalence of dermatologic disorders in 15 patients with acromegaly Prevalência de alterações dermatológicas em 15 pacientes acromegálicos

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    Mariângela Resende

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Acromegaly is a chronic, insidious and rare disease, caused by hyper secretion of the growth hormone, which metabolic and trophic effects commonly result in cutaneous manifestations, sometimes preceding other clinical symptoms. The authors have assessed 15 patients with acromegaly and found dermatologic lesions in all of them, mainly skin thickening, acrochordons, epidermoid cysts, pseudoacanthosis nigricans, seborrheic keratosis, melanocytic naevi and lentiginous spots.Acromegalia é doença crônica rara, insidiosa, decorrente da hipersecreção de hormônio do crescimento, cujos efeitos tróficos e metabólicos frequentemente incorrem em manifestações cutâneas, que podem ser precoces. Os autores avaliaram 15 pacientes portadores de acromegalia e evidenciaram alterações dermatológicas em todos, principalmente espessamento da pele, acrocórdons, cistos epidérmicos, pseudoacantose nigricante, queratoses seborreicas, nevos melanocíticos e manchas lentiginosas.

  7. Adrenocortical oncocytic neoplasm presenting with Cushing's syndrome: a case report

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    Kabayegit Ozlem

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Oncocytic neoplasms occur in several organs and are most commonly found in the thyroid, kidneys and salivary glands. Oncocytic neoplasms of the adrenal cortex are extremely rare and are usually non-functioning. Case presentation We report the case of an adrenocortical oncocytic neoplasm with uncertain malignant potential in a 31-year-old man with Cushing's syndrome. The patient had been operated on following diagnosis of a 7 cm adrenal mass. Following surgery, the Cushing's syndrome resolved. The patient is still alive with no metastases one year after the surgery. Conclusion Adrenocortical oncocytic neoplasms must be considered in the differential diagnosis of both functioning and non-functioning adrenal masses.

  8. Surgical triumvirate of Theodor Kocher, Harvey Cushing, and William Halsted.

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    Modlin, I M

    1998-01-01

    It is difficult to evaluate precisely the effects of one individual on an entire discipline such as surgery. Indeed, it is impossible to do so when such a discipline spans so vast a country as the United States of America. Nevertheless, as a mountain peak can be seen from afar, so may one perceive the influence of man of Kocher's stature. His connection with Halsted and especially Cushing provided a direct link between the grandeur of Kocher's achievements and their lineal translation to a generation of evolving American surgeons. Both individuals, by personal example and professional endeavor, transmitted the precepts of Kocher to the nascent surgical fellowship of America. Thus the icon of Swiss surgery, recognized by a Nobel laureate and esteemed by his European colleagues, became a profound influence on American surgery. The triumvirate of Kocher, Cushing, and Halsted may thus be acknowledged as of vital consequence to the establishment of American surgery during the twentieth century.

  9. Arachnoid granules: Dandy was Dandy, Cushing and Weed were not.

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    Maurizi, Charles P

    2010-08-01

    Errors can be instructive. It seems that Harvey Cushing and Louis Weed provided the medical world with a faulty theory of cerebrospinal fluid absorption. Louis Weed, working in Harvey Cushing's laboratory, initially studied the movement of substances in the cerebrospinal fluid by using low-pressure studies. Results of the low-pressure studies were considered unsatisfactory and high pressure experiments were undertaken and these had results similar to earlier work done by others in human cadavers. High pressure results demonstrating movement of fluid through the arachnoid granules were deemed correct. Because of Cushing's position of authority, the theory became accepted as fact and in time proved to be entrenched dogma. Walter Dandy demonstrated in experiments on hydrocephalus and the surgical removal of the arachnoid granule system that the fluid was produced by the choroid plexuses and not absorbed by the arachnoid granules. His work was dismissed by Weed as unreliable. Examination of the pattern of deposition of corpora amylacea on the surface of the brain provides evidence that cerebrospinal fluid does not pass through arachnoid granules but passes through the choroid fissure and is recycled through choroid plexus portals. The choroid plexus portal theory can explain the findings in the low-pressure experiments of Weed. Bias and pride seem to be the source of the faulty theory. Entrenched dogma is resistant to challenge.

  10. Leptin Receptor Gene Polymorphism may Affect Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Patients with Acromegaly

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    Turgut, Sebahat; Topsakal, Senay; Ata, Melek Tunç; Herek, Duygu; Akın, Fulya; Özkan, Şeyma; Turgut, Günfer

    2016-01-01

    Background: Acromegaly is associated with increased morbidity and mortality related to cardiovascular diseases. Leptin (LEP) and Leptin Receptor (LEPR) gene polymorphisms can increase cardiovascular risks. The aim of this study was to investigate association between the frequencies of LEP and LEPR gene polymorphisms and subclinical atherosclerosis in acromegalic patients. Methods: Forty-four acromegalic patients and 30 controls were admitted to study. The polymorphisms were identified by using polymerase chain reaction from peripheral blood samples. The levels of systolic and diastolic blood pressure, BMI, fasting plasma glucose, fasting insulin, IGF-I, GH, IGFBP3, leptin, triglyceride, carotid Intima Media Thickness (cIMT) and HDL and LDL cholesterol concentrations were evaluated. Results: There was statistically significant difference between the LEPR genotypes of acromegalic patients (GG 11.4%, GA 52.3%, and AA 36.4%) and controls (GG 33.3%, GA 50%, and AA 16.7%) although their LEP genotype distribution was similar. In addition, the prevalence of the LEPR gene G and A alleles was significantly different between patients and controls. No significant difference was found among the G(-2548) A leptin genotypes of groups in terms of the clinical parameters. cIMT significantly increased homozygote LEPR GG genotype group compared to AA subjects in patients. But the other parameters were not different between LEPR genotypes groups of patients and controls. Conclusion: It can be said that the LEPR gene polymorphism may affect cIMT in patients. The reason is that LEPR GG genotype carriers may have more risk than other genotypes in the development of subclinical atherosclerosis in acromegaly. PMID:27563428

  11. Analysis of GPR101 and AIP genes mutations in acromegaly: a multicentric study.

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    Ferraù, Francesco; Romeo, P D; Puglisi, S; Ragonese, M; Torre, M L; Scaroni, C; Occhi, G; De Menis, E; Arnaldi, G; Trimarchi, F; Cannavò, S

    2016-12-01

    This multicentric study aimed to investigate the prevalence of the G protein-coupled receptor 101 (GPR101) p.E308D variant and aryl hydrocarbon receptor interacting protein (AIP) gene mutations in a representative cohort of Italian patients with acromegaly. 215 patients with GH-secreting pituitary adenomas, referred to 4 Italian referral centres for pituitary diseases, have been included. Three cases of gigantism were present. Five cases were classified as FIPA. All the patients have been screened for germline AIP gene mutations and GPR101 gene p.E308D variant. Heterozygous AIP gene variants have been found in 7 patients (3.2 %). Five patients carried an AIP mutation (2.3 %; 4 females): 3 patients harboured the p.R3O4Q mutation, one had the p.R304* mutation and the last one the IVS3+1G>A mutation. The prevalence of AIP mutations was 3.3 % and 2.8 % when considering only the patients diagnosed when they were <30 or <40-year old, respectively. Furthermore, 2.0 % of the patients with a pituitary macroadenoma and 4.2 % of patients resistant to somatostatin analogues treatment were found to harbour an AIP gene mutation. None of the patients was found to carry the GPR101 p.E308D variant. The prevalence of AIP gene mutations among our sporadic and familial acromegaly cases was similar to that one reported in previous studies, but lower when considering only the cases diagnosed before 40 years of age. The GPR101 p.E308D change is unlikely to have a role in somatotroph adenomas tumorigenesis, since none of our sporadic or familial patients tested positive for this variant.

  12. Kaposi sarcoma secondary to endogenous adrenocorticotropic hormone-dependent Cushing syndrome.

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    Mayor-Ibarguren, A; Roldán-Puchalt, M C; Sancho-Bueso, T; Pérez-López, C; Álvarez-Linera, J; Frutos, R; Álvarez-Escolá, C; Regojo-Zapata, R; Beato-Merino, M J; Herranz-Pinto, P; Lecumberri, B

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    Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is an angioproliferative tumour that develops as a result of an infection by human herpesvirus 8, which is considered a necessary cause but not sufficient. Other factors - genetic, immunological and environmental - might play a role in the development of the disease. We report a case of KS secondary to endogenous Cushing syndrome (ECS) due to a pituitary adenoma, an association that has been reported only once. We also conducted a search through the Medline and PubMed databases for cases involving KS and ECS, finding only three additional cases that shared common clinical and prognostic features with ours. ECS might favour the development of KS due to immunosuppression. Dermatologists and other clinicians should be aware of this association, as it might be an underdiagnosed condition. It also has an important impact on the management of KS, and based on this review it relies on a good prognosis when ECS is well controlled.

  13. Antiphospholipid Syndrome: primary or secondary to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus? Description of a clinical case of avitaminosis D in premenopausal woman with pseudo-Cushing syndrome

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    Low vitamin D levels have been described in obese individuals and in some autoimmune diseases, such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and primary antiphospholipid syndrome (pAPS). In particular, more than 50% of premenopausal women with pAPS have hypovitaminosis D. In this issue we report a case of an obese, premenopausal, and hypertensive woman with pseudo-Cushing syndrome, affected by deep venous thrombosis associated with pulmonary embolism after rib fracture who presented hypovitamino...

  14. Ectopic Cushing syndrome secondary to recurrent pancreatoblastoma in a child: Lessons learnt

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    Sajid S Qureshi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Although rare, pancreatoblastoma is the most common pancreatic tumor in children. Cushing syndrome secondary to ectopic secretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH from a pancreatoblastoma is very rare with only two previously reported cases. We present the management and the lesson learnt in a 3-year-old child with recurrent pancreatoblastoma with Cushing syndrome.

  15. Cushing's syndrome and bone mineral density: lowest Z scores in young patients.

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    Eerden, A.W.A.; Heijer, M. den; Oyen, W.J.G.; Hermus, A.R.M.M.

    2007-01-01

    Background: Patients with Cushing's syndrome have a high prevalence of osteoporotic fractures. Little is known about factors determining bone mineral density (BMD) in these patients. Objective: To evaluate which factors influence BMD at the time of diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome. Methods: In 77 con

  16. [Recommendation of the Czech Society of Endocrinology for the treatment of Cushing's syndrome in adults].

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    Kršek, M; Cáp, J; Hána, V; Marek, J; Ceské Lékařské Společnosti J E Purkyně, Za Výbor České Endokrinologické Společnosti

    2013-09-01

    Cushing's syndrome is a rare disorder with variable aetiology which is connected with significantly increased morbidity and mortality. Therefore, early determination of correct aetiology and early treatment are essential for a decrease of morbidity and mortality of patients. Present article introduces review and current recommendation of Czech Society of Endocrinology for the treatment of Cushings syndrome.

  17. Medical Treatment for Acromegaly does not Increase the Risk of Central Adrenal Insufficiency: A Long-Term Follow-Up Study.

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    Ceccato, F; Lizzul, L; Zilio, M; Barbot, M; Denaro, L; Emanuelli, E; Alessio, L; Rolma, G; Manara, R; Saller, A; Boscaro, M; Scaroni, C

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    Central adrenal insufficiency (CAI) in acromegaly may be related to pituitary adenoma or induced by various medical treatments, transsphenoidal neurosurgery (TNS) or radiotherapy (RT), alone or combined. We assessed the role of all available treatments for acromegaly in inducing CAI. We retrospectively studied 97 patients. CAI was diagnosed if morning serum cortisol was <138 nmol/l, or if its response was inadequate in the low-dose short synacthen test. Seventy-four subjects underwent TNS (and 17 of whom also underwent RT), and 23 were on primary medical therapy: overall we diagnosed 21 cases of CAI. Duration of acromegaly, invasion of cavernous sinus, disease control, and type of medical treatment were much the same for patients with and without CAI, which was identified in 18% of patients (10/57) after one TNS, and in 53% (9/17) after RT (p=0.01); repeat surgery increased the risk of CAI (p=0.02). The risk of CAI onset during the follow-up was lower among patients treated with TNS or medical therapy than after RT (p=0.035). Medical treatment did not raise the risk of CAI, whereas a 5- and 4-fold higher risk of CAI was associated with repeat TNS and RT, respectively. Basal or stimulated cortisol levels were similar among acromegalic patients without CAI and matched controls with nonsecreting pituitary lesions. A significant proportion of patients with acromegaly developed CAI over time. While primary or secondary medical treatment did not contribute to the risk of CAI, repeat TNS and RT correlated with pituitary-adrenal axis impairment.

  18. The prevalence of acromegaly in hospitalized patients with type 2 diabetes.

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    Suda, Kentaro; Fukuoka, Hidenori; Iguchi, Genzo; Hirota, Yushi; Nishizawa, Hitoshi; Bando, Hironori; Matsumoto, Ryusaku; Takahashi, Michiko; Sakaguchi, Kazuhiko; Takahashi, Yutaka

    2015-01-01

    The prevalence of acromegaly is estimated to be 8-24/100,000, but several recent studies suggest it is underestimated. In particular, acromegaly is considered more prevalent in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) than in the normal population. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of acromegaly in hospitalized patients with T2DM. A total of 327 hospitalized patients with T2DM were recruited as subjects. If serum insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) levels were found to be elevated, random GH level was measured or oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) was performed. Five patients with elevated serum IGF-1 levels and random GH level or inadequate suppression of GH in the OGTT underwent pituitary magnetic resonance imaging. Of those patients, pituitary adenoma was detected in 2 patients. These 2 patients were diagnosed with acromegaly, as they also exhibited mild acromegalic features. Intriguingly, both these patients exhibited severe macroangiopathy and an absence of microangiopathy. The prevalence of acromegaly in the hospitalized patients with T2DM in this study was therefore 0.6%, suggesting a higher prevalence than that predicted. Although a large-scale prospective study is required to clarify the precise prevalence of acromegaly in hospitalized patients with T2DM, the present study shows that it is useful to screen hospitalized patients with T2DM for acromegaly by measuring their serum IGF-1 level.

  19. The correspondence and collaboration of Harvey Cushing and Irvine Page: Lessons from the Cleveland Clinic Archives.

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    Abdullah, Kalil G; Lubelski, Daniel; Lautzenheiser, Frederick; Mroz, Thomas E

    2015-01-01

    Harvey Cushing is well-known as a pioneer of brain surgery and is considered the father of modern neurosurgery. However, Cushing's interests and contributions extend beyond neurosurgery. Through his determined interdisciplinary collaboration in medicine and biomedical research, Cushing was able to contribute to numerous fields including bacteriology, anesthesiology, and endocrinology. With regards to the latter, Cushing corresponds with Irvine Page, well-known for isolating serotonin, discovering the renin-angiotensin system, and postulating of the mosaic theory of hypertension. In a correspondence spanning 3 years, from January 1933 to April 1936, Cushing and Page collaborated to discover a substance responsible for hypertension. In this historical article, the authors review the letters to highlight the collaborative efforts between leaders in disparate fields driven by the scientific curiosity. As national research agencies are focusing their funds toward collaborative and interdisciplinary research, it is interesting to note the historical communication among the scientific leaders that led to discoveries in the respective fields.

  20. Screening for Acromegaly in Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Prospective Study (ACROCARP).

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    Zoicas, F; Kleindienst, A; Mayr, B; Buchfelder, M; Megele, R; Schöfl, C

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    Early diagnosis of acromegaly prevents irreversible comorbidities and facilitates surgical cure. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is common in acromegaly and patients have often undergone surgery for CTS prior to the diagnosis of acromegaly. We hypothesized that screening CTS-patients for acromegaly could facilitate active case-finding. We prospectively enrolled 196 patients [135 women, 56.9 (range 23-103) years] who presented with CTS for surgery. Patients were asked about 6 symptoms suggestive of acromegaly using a questionnaire calculating a symptom score (0-6 points), and insulin-like-growth factor 1 (IGF-1) was measured. If IGF-1 was increased, IGF-1 measurement was repeated, and random growth hormone (GH) and/or an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) with assessment of GH-suppression were performed. The mean symptom score was 1.7±1.3 points. Three patients reported the maximal symptom score of 6 points, but none of them had an increased IGF-1. There was no correlation between the symptom score and IGF-1-SDS (standard deviation score) (r=0.026; p=0.71). Four patients had an IGF-1>2 SDS. In 2 patients acromegaly was ruled out using random GH and OGTT. One patient had normal IGF-1 and random GH at follow-up. One patient refused further diagnostics. In this prospective cohort of patients with CTS, the observed frequency of acromegaly was at most 0.51% (95% CI 0.03 to 2.83%). In this prospective study, none of the 196 patients with CTS had proven acromegaly. Thus, we see no evidence to justify general screening of patients with CTS for acromegaly.

  1. Endoscopic versus microscopic approach for surgical treatment of acromegaly.

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    Fathalla, Hussein; Cusimano, Michael D; Di Ieva, Antonio; Lee, John; Alsharif, Omar; Goguen, Jeannette; Zhang, Stanley; Smyth, Harley

    2015-07-01

    Transsphenoidal surgery in the setting of acromegaly is quite challenging due to increased soft tissue mass, bony overgrowth, and bleeding. There is a debate on the endoscopic versus microscopic approach for these patients. The purpose of our study is to compare the outcomes for acromegaly after transsphenoidal surgery using both techniques. Retrospective review of 65 acromegalic patients who underwent transsphenoidal surgery in our department. Clinical remission was defined as resolution of typical acromegalic symptoms. Radiological resection was defined by volumetric criteria, and biochemical remission was defined as by the 2010 consensus on the criteria for remission of acromegaly. There was no significant difference in age, preoperative endocrine status, percent of macro adenomas, suprasellar, or infrasellar extension between both groups. Patients were assigned to both groups based on our existing referral pattern. Endoscopic approach was performed in 42 patients, while the microscopic approach was performed in 23 patients. No significant difference in remission rates was found between both groups (45.2 vs. 34.7 %, p = 0.40). The endoscopic group, however, had a significantly higher rate of gross total resections (61 vs. 42 %, p = 0.05). There was also a trend towards higher rates of gross total resections when cavernous sinus was present (48 vs. 14.2 %, p = 0.09). Postoperative diabetes insipidus occurred more in microscopic patients (34.7 vs. 17 %, p = 0.05), otherwise there was no significant difference in rates of complications. The median follow-up period was 56.6 months (range 6-156, mean 66.1). There is no significant difference in the rates of biochemical remission between the endoscopic and microscopic techniques. The endoscope technique, however, seems to be superior in achieving gross total resection especially with tumors invading the cavernous sinus.

  2. Skin manifestations of acromegaly - a study of 34 cases

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    Arya Kavita

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available The common dermatological manifestations seen in 34 cases of acromegaly were changes in facial appearance, enlargement of hands and feet, intolerance to heat and sweating, carpal tunnel syndrome, hirsutism, acrochordons and acanthosis nigricans. The mean estimated age of onset was 32.8 years in males and 31.7 years in females, while the mean age at the time of diagnosis was 38.6 years and 36.1 years for males and females respectively, with a slight male preponderance noted.

  3. The Oldest Recorded Case of Acromegaly and Gigantism in Iran.

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    Najjari, Mohsen

    2015-10-01

    Here we commemorate the character and academic authority of Prof. Zabiholah Gorban (1903-2006), the founder of Shiraz medical school. No doubt, in the scope of history of contemporary medicine, he has been efficient and effective. With respect to this fact, his article on a rare case described in Acta anatomica published in Iran in 1966, entitled (Observations on a giant skeleton) is browsed and reviewed. A case named Siah Khan with combined acromegaly and gigantism that appears to have letters to say still after nearly half a century.

  4. Urinary steroid metabolites in a case of florid Ectopic Cushing's syndrome and clinical correlations.

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    Kyriacou, Angelos; Stepien, Karolina G; Issa, Basil

    2016-10-01

    A 51-year old woman was admitted with multiple cerebral, pulmonary and intra-abdominal abscesses. The combination of apparent immunosuppression, obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypokalaemia, osteoporotic fractures and bilateral shoulder avascular necrosis led to a clinical diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome (CS). This was biochemically confirmed as follows: midnight serum cortisol 4275 nmol/L (60-250), non-suppressed overnight dexamethasone suppression test, raised salivary cortisol 716 nmol/L (5-46) and ACTH 639 ng/L (0-46). Urinary free cortisol was elevated >75,000 nmol/L (<165). Urinary steroid metabolites measured by Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry were markedly increased: tetrahydrocortisol (THF) 219024 µg/24h and tetrahydrocortisone (THE) 88848 µg/24h. The (THF+5αTHF)/(THE) ratio was 2.8 (≤1). Pituitary MRI was unremarkable and whole body CT scanning showed a thymic tumour and bilateral adrenal hyperplasia. Urinary 5HIAA was marginally raised with a normal chromogranin A. She underwent a thymectomy which confirmed a 'paraganglioid' variant of a thymic carcinoid tumour. We describe a case of ACTH-secreting thymic carcinoid that presented with florid clinical and biochemical features of CS, but no carcinoid syndrome. The (THF+5αTHF)/(THE) ratio is reported to be a useful indicator in differentiating the aetiologies of CS, although this was not the case in our patient. In this article we examine the degree to which the various urinary steroid metabolites were raised in this patient with florid CS and compare them with some normative data obtained from patients with either Cushing's disease or the normal population. We hereby postulate that steroid metabolomics profiling may be helpful in establishing the differential diagnosis of CS.

  5. Risk factors for glucose intolerance in active acromegaly

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    Kreze A.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present retrospective study we determined the frequency of glucose intolerance in active untreated acromegaly, and searched for risk factors possibly supporting the emergence of the diabetic condition. Among 43 patients, 8 (19%; 95% CI: 8-33% had diabetes mellitus and 2 (5%; 1-16% impaired glucose tolerance. No impaired fasting glycemia was demonstrable. The frequency of diabetes was on average 4.5 times higher than in the general Slovak population. Ten factors suspected to support progression to glucose intolerance were studied by comparing the frequency of glucose intolerance between patients with present and absent risk factors. A family history of diabetes and arterial hypertension proved to have a significant promoting effect (P<0.05, chi-square test. A significant association with female gender was demonstrated only after pooling our data with literature data. Concomitant prolactin hypersecretion had a nonsignificant promoting effect. In conclusion, the association of active untreated acromegaly with each of the three categories of glucose intolerance (including impaired fasting glycemia, not yet studied in this connection was defined as a confidence interval, thus permitting a sound comparison with the findings of future studies. Besides a family history of diabetes, female gender and arterial hypertension were defined as additional, not yet described risk factors.

  6. Cushing's溃疡病的临床分析

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    2003-01-01

    @@ 大面积烧伤并发症较多且易导致死亡,其中Cushing's溃疡合并出血对生命威胁较大,有人称此症为急性胃肠道局限性坏死症状群(Acute gastro-intestinal focal necrosis syndrome)[1~3],国内外报道亦不少[4,5],本文报道4例,并结合文献对病因及诊断治疗做一讨论.

  7. [Recovery of Cushing syndrome revealing McCune-Albright syndrome].

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    Halioui-Louhaichi, S; Dridi, Y; Azzabi, O; Selmi, I; Fetni, I; Siala, N; Maherzi, A

    2016-01-01

    Cushing syndrome (CS) is a rare feature of McCune-Albright syndrome. Treatments consist of bilateral adrenalectomy followed by lifelong glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid treatment. However, cases of spontaneous remission of CS have been reported in the literature. We report a case of McCune-Albright syndrome with CS treated with metyrapone for 30 months with prolonged remission after a 12-year follow-up. Adrenalectomy may be avoided in some cases of CS caused by McCune-Albright syndrome. Metyrapone could be a good alternative to surgical treatment.

  8. A Rare Cause of Acromegaly: Short Review of McCune Albright Syndrome

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    Yusuf Aydın

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available McCune-Albright syndrome (MAS is characterized by a triad of poly/monostotic fibrous dysplasia, café-au-lait macules, and hyperfunctioning endocrinopathies, including growth hormone (GH excess. Acromegaly, as a manifestation of endocrine hyperfunction with MAS is uncommon. We report a 34-year-old man with MAS and acromegaly, in whom surgical removal of the pituitary tumour has been technically difficult because of bone deformities. A combination of a long-acting somatostatin analogue (Sandostatin LAR and external irradiation were therefore used as treatment. Acromegaly associated with MAS is very rarely seen, and has been the subject of approximately 70 published reports. We present a case of acromegaly associated with MAS and a brief survey of relevant literature. Turk Jem 2009; 13: 13-5

  9. Spot determinations of urinary cortisol for the screening of Cushing's syndrome.

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    Fujita, H; Hata, K; Ogata, E; Kojima, I

    1991-08-01

    The usefulness of spot determination of urinary cortisol in the screening of Cushing's syndrome was evaluated by measuring the cortisol concentration in randomly sampled urine in 68 normal subjects and in 9 patients with Cushing's syndrome. The urinary cortisol concentration in the morning was significantly higher in patients with Cushing's syndrome but some overlap existed between normal subjects and patients with Cushing's syndrome. In contrast, there was a clear discrimination between two groups when urinary cortisol was measured in the late evening: urinary cortisol was lower than 75 micrograms per gram creatinine (microgram/gCr) in normal subjects but higher than 150 micrograms/gCr in patients with Cushing's syndrome. When 1 mg dexamethasone was administered at 2300 h in the evening, spot urinary cortisol the next morning was less than 80 micrograms/gCr in normal subjects while it was above 100 micrograms/gCr in patients with Cushing's syndrome. Dexamethasone-induced suppression of urinary cortisol in normal subjects lasted until late in the afternoon, which allows sampling of urine at any time in the morning and possibly in the afternoon. These results suggest the usefulness of spot determination of urinary cortisol in the screening of Cushings' syndrome.

  10. LUPUS ERITEMATOSO SISTÉMICO SÍNDROME DE CUSHING Y PSIQUIATRÍA DE ENLACE Erythematous systemic lupus, Cushing`s syndrome and psychiatric

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    Se presenta el caso de una paciente con diagnóstico de lupus eritematoso sistémico y síndrome de Cushing quien presentó síntomas afectivos de características depresivas e insomnio de conciliación, quien recibió múltiples tratamientos farmacológicos con pobre respuesta inicial. La psiquiatría de enlace consolida una alternativa de tratamiento multidisciplinario para una aproximación más eficiente a las patologías médicas con síntomas psiquiátricos.We present a case of systemic erythematosus lu...

  11. AcroBel - the Belgian registry on acromegaly : a survey of the 'real-life' outcome in 418 acromegalic subjects

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    Bex, Marie; Abs, Roger; T'Sjoen, Guy; Mockel, Lean; Velkeniers, Brigitte; Muermans, Katja; Maiter, Dominique

    2007-01-01

    Objectives: To constitute a registry on acromegaly, AcroBel, to evaluate the epidemiology and quality of care of acromegaly in Belgium and Luxembourg. Design: A nationwide survey from June 2003 till September 2004 aiming to collect data from all patients with acromegaly who had visited the participating endocrine clinics after 1 January 2000. Methods: Retrospective data collection coupled to a visit within the survey period, allowing sampling of metabolic parameters and centralised dete...

  12. Intraoperation haemorrhage into hypophysis adenoma as the cause of acromegaly remission

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available In this article we describe a spontaneous remission of acromegaly of intraoperative bleeding, with subsequent hemorrhage into the tumor. The cases of spontaneous remission of acromegaly described in the literature have been associated mainly with hemorrhage or ischemic apoplexy pituitary adenoma without surgical intervention. Most often, both processes, especially hemorrhage are accompanied by the development of panhypopituitarism. Cases in which there was a normalization of only growth hormone isolated.

  13. The impact of pegvisomant treatment on substrate metabolism and insulin sensitivity in patients with acromegaly

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    Lindberg-Larsen, Rune; Møller, Niels; Schmitz, Ole

    2007-01-01

    vs. 1563 +/- 101 kcal/24 h, P = 0.03), but the rate of lipid oxidation did not change significantly. CONCLUSIONS: 1) Pegvisomant treatment for 4 wk improves peripheral and hepatic insulin sensitivity in acromegaly. 2) This is associated with a decrease in resting energy expenditure, whereas free...... fatty acid metabolism is unaltered. 3) The data support the important direct effects of GH on glucose metabolism and add additional benefits to pegvisomant treatment for acromegaly...

  14. Rosiglitazone as an option for patients with acromegaly: a case series

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    Bahena-García Ana; Tamez-Pérez Héctor E; Gómez de Ossio María D; Gutiérrez-Hermosillo Hugo; Tamez-Peña Alejandra L

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    Abstract Introduction In the patient with acromegaly, pituitary surgery is the therapeutic standard. Despite undergoing surgery, a significant number of patients with acromegaly continue to have uncontrolled growth hormone secretion. These patients require other treatments such as external irradiation and/or drug therapy. Case presentation We present the clinical and laboratory responses to six months of treatment with rosiglitazone in four cases. In all four cases, the patients had persisten...

  15. Increased Prevalence of Colorectal Polyp in Acromegaly Patients: A Case-Control Study

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    Ali Riza Koksal

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available An increase in the prevalence of colorectal polyps and cancer is reported in patients with acromegaly. This trial is designed to determine whether there is an increase in the prevalence of colorectal polyps/cancer in Turkish acromegaly patients. Sixty-six patients, who were under follow-up with the diagnosis of acromegaly and underwent total colonoscopic examination, were enrolled in the study. Sixty-five age- and gender-matched patients with nonspecific complaints were selected as control. The mean age of acromegalic patients was 51.5±12.8 years of whom 27 (40.9% were females. In 20 (30.3% of the patients with acromegaly a total of 65 colorectal polyps were detected. Forty-seven (72.3% of the polyps were detected at the rectosigmoid region. In 8 (12.3% of the 65 control patients a total of 17 polyps were found. There was a statistically significant difference between the groups (P=0.018. At the logistic regression analysis we found that the risk for colon polyps increased 3.2-fold in the presence of acromegaly, irrespective of age and gender (OR: 3.191, 95% CI: 1.25–8.13. In conclusion, patients who were followed up with the diagnosis of acromegaly should be taken to the colonoscopic surveillance program and all polyps detected should be excised in order to protect them from colorectal cancer.

  16. Cushing syndrome, sexual precocity, and polyostotic fibrous dysplasia (Albright syndrome) in infancy.

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    Danon, M; Robboy, S J; Kim, S; Scully, R; Crawford, J D

    1975-12-01

    The sexual precocity of polyostotic fibrous dysplasia is occasionally accompanied by other endocrine disorders, but in only two previous instances has Cushing syndrome been reported. The history of a 6-month-old girl is presented, in whom this syndrome was complicated by congenital Cushings syndrome. Although endocrinopathies of polyostotic fibrous dysplasia have usually been ascribed to a central (hypothalamic) origin, the findings in this patient suggest autonomous hyperfunction of the peripheral endocrine glands, with the Cushing syndrome caused by hyperplastic nodules in the adrenal glands and the precocity by luteinized follicular cysts of the ovary.

  17. Iatrogenic Cushing syndrome caused by ocular glucocorticoids in a child.

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    Messina, Maria Francesca; Valenzise, Mariella; Aversa, Salvatore; Arrigo, Teresa; De Luca, Filippo

    2009-01-01

    A boy aged 7.6 years presented to our Unit of Paediatric Endocrinology for evaluation of obesity. Progressive weight gain (10 kg) started 6 months earlier after an accidental penetrating orbital injury on the right eye. During this period the child has been treated with oral betamethasone (0.5 mg/day) for 1 month and dexamethasone 2% ocular drops (2 hourly by day) for 6 months. Physical examination showed he was 113.5 cm in height (-1.5 SD), weight 36.0 kg, blood pressure 110/90 mmHg (90th centile), body mass index 28 (+5 SD), truncal obesity, buffalo hump, "moon-face", increased lanugo hair and supraclavicular fullness. Endocrinological work-up revealed undetectable levels of basal adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), basal and ACTH-stimulated cortisol and 24 h urine excretion cortisol, confirming the diagnosis of iatrogenic Cushing syndrome. The abrupt withdrawal of ocular glucocorticoids by the parents evoked two adrenal crises; 4 months later the patient recovered. In conclusion, we would alert doctors that every formulation of glucocorticoids, no ocular drops excluded, can determine severe systemic side effects and iatrogenic Cushing syndrome.

  18. A Case of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Mimicking Cushing's Syndrome

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    Kim, Hye Jeong; Kang, Mira; Kim, Jae Hyeon; Kim, Sun Wook; Chung, Jae Hoon; Min, Yong-Ki; Lee, Moon-Kyu; Kim, Kwang-Won

    2012-01-01

    Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is characterized by decreased adrenal hormone production due to enzymatic defects and subsequent rise of adrenocorticotrophic hormone that stimulates the adrenal cortex to become hyperplastic, and sometimes tumorous. As the pathophysiology is basically a defect in the biosynthesis of cortisol, one may not consider CAH in patients with hypercortisolism. We report a case of a 41-yr-old man with a 4 cm-sized left adrenal tumorous lesion mimicking Cushing's syndrome who was diagnosed with CAH. He had central obesity and acanthosis nigricans involving the axillae together with elevated 24-hr urine cortisol level, supporting the diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome. However, the 24-hr urine cortisol was suppressed by 95% with the low dose dexamethasone suppression test. CAH was suspected based on the history of precocious puberty, short stature and a profound suppression of cortisol production by dexamethasone. CAH was confirmed by a remarkably increased level of serum 17-hydroxyprogesterone level. Gene mutation analysis revealed a compound heterozygote mutation of CYP21A2 (I173N and R357W). PMID:23166432

  19. "Highly qualified loser"? Harvey Cushing and the Nobel Prize.

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    Hansson, Nils; Schlich, Thomas

    2015-04-01

    Neurosurgery, in particular surgery of the brain, was recognized as one of the most spectacular transgressions of the traditional limits of surgical work. With their audacious, technically demanding, laboratory-based, and highly promising new interventions, prominent neurosurgeons were primary candidates for the Nobel Prize. Accordingly, neurosurgical pioneers such as Victor Horsley and, in particular, Harvey Cushing continued to be nominated for the prize. However, only António Egas Moniz was eventually awarded the prestigious award in 1949 for the introduction of frontal lobotomy, an intervention that would no longer be prize-worthy from today's perspective. Horsley and Cushing, who were arguably the most important proponents of early neurosurgery, remained "highly qualified losers," as such cases have been called. This paper examines the nominations, reviews, and discussions kept in the Nobel Archives to understand the reasons for this remarkable choice. At a more general level, the authors use the example of neurosurgery to explore the mechanisms of scientific recognition and what could be called the enacting of excellence in science and medicine.

  20. Cushing's syndrome: epidemiology and developments in disease management

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    Sharma ST

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Susmeeta T Sharma,1 Lynnette K Nieman,1 Richard A Feelders2 1Program in Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA; 2Division of Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands Abstract: Cushing’s syndrome is a rare disorder resulting from prolonged exposure to excess glucocorticoids. Early diagnosis and treatment of Cushing’s syndrome is associated with a decrease in morbidity and mortality. Clinical presentation can be highly variable, and establishing the diagnosis can often be difficult. Surgery (resection of the pituitary or ectopic source of adrenocorticotropic hormone, or unilateral or bilateral adrenalectomy remains the optimal treatment in all forms of Cushing’s syndrome, but may not always lead to remission. Medical therapy (steroidogenesis inhibitors, agents that decrease adrenocorticotropic hormone levels or glucocorticoid receptor antagonists and pituitary radiotherapy may be needed as an adjunct. A multidisciplinary approach, long-term follow-up, and treatment modalities customized to each individual are essential for optimal control of hypercortisolemia and management of comorbidities. Keywords: Cushing’s syndrome, hypercortisolemia, treatment, epidemiology

  1. The Role of Diabetes in Acromegaly Associated Neoplasia

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    Cheng, Sonia; Gomez, Karen; Serri, Omar; Chik, Constance; Ezzat, Shereen

    2015-01-01

    Background The risk and mortality due to cancer in patients with acromegaly have been previously investigated. Although GH/IGF-1 excess provides a probable pathophysiological explanation, the degree of IGF-1 excess and the role in acromegaly-associated neoplasms of diabetes, a common comorbidity in acromegaly with known association with cancer, remains unclear. Methods Acromegalic patients treated in three Canadian referral centers (Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton) were included. All available clinical information was recorded including: age, initial and last percentage of the upper limit of normal (%ULN) IGF-1 levels, comorbidities and other neoplasms (benign and malignant). Results 408 cases were assessed. 185 were women (45.3%), 126 (30.9%) developed extra-pituitary neoplasms: 55 malignant and 71 benign. The most frequent anatomic site was the gastrointestinal tract (46 [11.3%]), followed by head and neck (36 [8.8%]) and multiple locations (14 [3.4%]). 106 (26.0%) cases had diabetes. Initial IGF-1 was significantly higher in men older than 50 (380.15 vs. 284.78, p = 0.001) when compared to men younger than 50. Diabetics showed significantly higher initial IGF-1 (389.38 vs. 285.27, p = 0.009), as did diabetics older than 50 compared with those without diabetes. 45.3% (48/106) of cases with diabetes developed extra-pituitary neoplasms vs. 24.3% (71/292) without diabetes (p = 0.001, OR: 2.576 95%CI 1.615–4.108). 22.6% (24/106) of cases with diabetes developed malignant tumors vs. 9.2% (27/292), (p < 0.001, OR 2.873, 95%CI 1.572–5.250). Conclusions These data suggest that acromegalic patients with diabetes are more likely to develop extra-pituitary neoplasms and their initial IGF-1 levels are higher. The contribution of IGF-1 vs. diabetes alone or in combination in the development of extra-pituitary neoplasms warrants further investigation. PMID:25996963

  2. The role of diabetes in acromegaly associated neoplasia.

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    Full Text Available The risk and mortality due to cancer in patients with acromegaly have been previously investigated. Although GH/IGF-1 excess provides a probable pathophysiological explanation, the degree of IGF-1 excess and the role in acromegaly-associated neoplasms of diabetes, a common comorbidity in acromegaly with known association with cancer, remains unclear.Acromegalic patients treated in three Canadian referral centers (Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton were included. All available clinical information was recorded including: age, initial and last percentage of the upper limit of normal (%ULN IGF-1 levels, comorbidities and other neoplasms (benign and malignant.408 cases were assessed. 185 were women (45.3%, 126 (30.9% developed extra-pituitary neoplasms: 55 malignant and 71 benign. The most frequent anatomic site was the gastrointestinal tract (46 [11.3%], followed by head and neck (36 [8.8%] and multiple locations (14 [3.4%]. 106 (26.0% cases had diabetes. Initial IGF-1 was significantly higher in men older than 50 (380.15 vs. 284.78, p = 0.001 when compared to men younger than 50. Diabetics showed significantly higher initial IGF-1 (389.38 vs. 285.27, p = 0.009, as did diabetics older than 50 compared with those without diabetes. 45.3% (48/106 of cases with diabetes developed extra-pituitary neoplasms vs. 24.3% (71/292 without diabetes (p = 0.001, OR: 2.576 95%CI 1.615-4.108. 22.6% (24/106 of cases with diabetes developed malignant tumors vs. 9.2% (27/292, (p < 0.001, OR 2.873, 95%CI 1.572-5.250.These data suggest that acromegalic patients with diabetes are more likely to develop extra-pituitary neoplasms and their initial IGF-1 levels are higher. The contribution of IGF-1 vs. diabetes alone or in combination in the development of extra-pituitary neoplasms warrants further investigation.

  3. Cardiovascular events in acromegaly: distinct role of Agatston and Framingham score in the 5-year prediction.

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    Ragonese, Marta; Alibrandi, Angela; Di Bella, Gianluca; Salamone, Ignazio; Puglisi, Soraya; Cotta, Oana Ruxandra; Torre, Maria Luisa; Ferrau, Francesco; Ruggeri, Rosaria Maddalena; Trimarchi, Francesco; Cannavo, Salvatore

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    Prediction of ischemic cardiovascular events (ICE) in acromegalic patients stratified accordingly with Framingham (FS) and Agatston score (AS). 32 patients with active (group A (0)) and 20 with controlled (group B (0)) acromegaly have been enrolled. During the 5-year follow-up, 19 out of 32 patients in group A (0) reached disease control. At entry, FS and AS, by an eight-slice MDCT scanner, were calculated in all patients. ICE were diagnosed by autopsy, if lethal, and by electrocardiography and/or echocardiography, if non-lethal. Overall, 9.6 % of patients died for lethal ICE. AS >400, but not high FS at entry, was associated with increased risk of lethal ICE. Lethal ICE had occurred in two patients of group A (0) and three of group B (0) (p NS), while a non-lethal ICE had occurred in two cases of the former and in other two of the latter group (p NS). Either FS or AS was correlated with the risk for ICE overall (p 400 is associated with increased risk of lethal ICE, while high FS is associated with reduced life expectancy, regardless of disease control.

  4. Carcinoid syndrome, acromegaly, and hypoglycemia due to an insulin-secreting neuroendocrine tumor of the liver.

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    Furrer, J; Hättenschwiler, A; Komminoth, P; Pfammatter, T; Wiesli, P

    2001-05-01

    We report a patient with a hepatic neuroendocrine tumor showing an extraordinary change of the tumor's humoral manifestations from a clinically documented extrapituitary acromegaly and a typical carcinoid syndrome toward a hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia syndrome. At the primary manifestation of the tumor, an increased serum level of insulin-like growth factor I due to overproduction of GHRH and an increased urinary excretion of 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid were found. The clinical manifestation of the GHRH excess was an arthralgia, which resolved completely after operative tumor debulking and normalization of insulin-like growth factor I and GHRH serum levels. The secretion of serotonin from the tumor resulted in a typical carcinoid syndrome including right-sided valvular heart disease. On the later course of the disease, the humoral manifestations of the tumor were supplemented by the secretion of insulin, leading to recurrent severe hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia. The hepatic origin of hyperinsulinism was demonstrated by selective arterial calcium stimulation. Moreover, tumor cells revealed insulin and C-peptide immunoreactivity in the immunohistochemical analysis. The patient died 8 yr after the initial diagnosis of the tumor, and a carefully performed autopsy procedure confirmed the absence of any extrahepatic tumor manifestation.

  5. Tumorigenesis of papillary thyroid cancer is not BRAF-dependent in patients with acromegaly.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Several studies have reported a high frequency of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC in patients with acromegaly. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and predictors of thyroid cancer in patients with acromegaly and to investigate the frequency of the BRAFV600E mutation in PTC patients with and without acromegaly. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of 60 patients with acromegaly. Thyroid ultrasonography (US and US-guided fine needle aspiration were performed on nodules with sonographic features of malignancy. We selected 16 patients with non-acromegalic PTC as a control group. The BRAFV600E mutation was analyzed in paraffin-embedded surgical specimens of PTC by real-time polymerase chain reaction, and tumor specimens from patients with PTC were stained immunohistochemically with an antibody against insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor β (IGF-1Rβ. RESULTS: Thyroid cancer was found in 15 (25.0% patients. No differences in age, sex, initial growth hormone (GH and IGF-1 percentage of the upper limit of normal values or treatment modalities were observed between patients with and without PTC. Acromegaly was active in 12 of 15 patients at the time of PTC diagnosis; uncontrolled acromegaly had a significantly higher frequency in the PTC group (60% than in the non-PTC group (28.9% (p = 0.030. The BRAFV600E mutation was present in only 9.1% (1/11 of PTC patients with acromegaly, although 62.5% (10/16 of control patients with PTC had the mutation (p = 0.007. IGF-1Rβ immunostaining showed moderate-to-strong staining in all malignant PTC cells in patients with and without acromegaly. Significantly less staining for IGF-1Rβ was observed in normal adjacent thyroid tissues of PTC patients with acromegaly compared with those without (p = 0.014. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of PTC in acromegalic patients was high (25%. An uncontrolled hyperactive GH-IGF-1 axis may play a dominant role in the

  6. Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Fact Sheet for Healthcare Workers and Morticians

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  7. Avascular necrosis of femoral heads post-adrenal surgery for Cushing's syndrome: a rare presentation.

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    2012-01-31

    Avascular necrosis (AVN) is a well-recognized complication of patients on high-dose steroids for a long time. Exogenous hypercortisolism is a well known cause of AVN and a number of cases have been reported. Cushing\\'s syndrome describes hypercortisolism of any cause endogenous or exogenous. A variety of traumatic and non-traumatic factors contribute to the aetiology of AVN although exogenous glucocorticoids administration and alcoholism are among the most common non-traumatic causes. AVN secondary to endogenous hypercortisolism is rare and very few case reports are available describing this complication. No literature is available on AVN presenting post-adrenal surgery. Here we present a young woman who presented with avascular necrosis of both hips 1 year after adrenalectomy for Cushing\\'s syndrome.

  8. Cushing and the treatment of brain wounds during World War I.

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    Carey, Michael E

    2011-06-01

    Harvey Cushing, perhaps the most important founder of American neurosurgery, was an Army neurosurgeon in France from 1917 to 1918. Over a 3-month period in 1917 he and his team operated on 133 soldiers with a brain wound. The operative mortality rate for their last 45 patients was 29%, considerably lower than the usual postoperative mortality rate of approximately 50% for those with a brain wound. This accomplishment was lauded at the time and eventually, for some, it was Cushing who was responsible for lowering the postoperative mortality rate of brain wounds during World War I. As the decades passed he was eventually credited as the "originator of brain wound care." This report shows that these attributions are misplaced. Cushing merely followed the enlightened surgical precepts of the time developed by Continental (European) surgeons. It also examines Cushing's writings to ascertain how these misperceptions concerning his originality might have been generated.

  9. Systolic and diastolic cardiac function in acromegaly. An echocardiographic study.

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    Galanti, G; Cappelli, B; Diricatti, G; Mininni, S; Vono, M C; Gensini, G F

    1996-01-01

    The aim of this study was to establish the existence of primary acromegalic cardiomyopathy different from the cardiovascular complications often associated with acromegaly. Thirty-four acromegalic patients, referred to our non-invasive laboratory and divided into two groups on the basis of the presence of hypertension, underwent echocardiographic studies. A control group of 34 subjects individually matched with the patients for age, sex, and blood pressure values was also studied. To evaluate cardiac function during exercise, the normotensive acromegalics, the control group, and a group of 9 athletes with left ventricular mass comparable to that of the acromegalic subjects underwent a handgrip test. Cardiac mass was increased in all patients; hypertensive patients had a greater increase than normotensive patients (144.9 +/- 38 vs 120.9 +/- 20.8 g/m, p cardiac hypertrophy caused by GH hyperincretion does not improve acromegalic heart activity: diastolic function, although normal at rest, appears deficient during isometric exercise.

  10. Surgical orthodontic correction of acromegaly with mandibular prognathism.

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    Yagi, Takakaza; Kawakami, Masayoshi; Takada, Kenji

    2004-02-01

    A male (30 years five months) who complained of mandibular prominence and masticatory dysfunction was diagnosed as a mandibular prognathic with acromegaly after cephalometric and endocrine examinations. The level of growth hormone (GH) subsequent to a transsphenoidal hypophysectomy had been controlled by medicines for about five years. Surgical orthodontic correction improved his occlusion and profile, but magnetic resonance imaging detected a recurrent adenoma in the cranial base during the retention period. The recurrence resulted in slight prognathic changes of the patient with a high level of GH. This is a case report of the treatment of an acromegalic patient discussing growth considerations that could influence the orthodontic treatment plan and long-term stability.

  11. Major Harvey Cushing's difficulties with the British and American armies during World War I.

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    Carey, Michael E

    2014-08-01

    This historical review explores Harvey Cushing's difficulties with both the British and American armies during his World War I service to definitively examine the rumor of his possible court martial. It also provides a further understanding of Cushing the man. While in France during World War I, Cushing was initially assigned to British hospital units. This service began in May 1917 and ended abruptly in May 1918 when the British cashiered him for repeated censorship violations. Returning to American command, he feared court martial. The army file on this matter (retrieved from the United States National Archives) indicates that US Army authorities recommended that Cushing be reprimanded and returned to the US for his violations. The army carried out neither recommendation, and no evidence exists that a court martial was considered. Cushing's army career and possible future academic life were protected by the actions of his surgical peers and Merritte Ireland, Chief Surgeon of the US Army in France. After this censorship episode, Cushing was made a neurosurgical consultant but was also sternly warned that further rule violations would not be tolerated by the US Army. Thereafter, despite the onset of a severe peripheral neuropathy, probably Guillian Barré's syndrome, Cushing was indefatigable in ministering to neurosurgical needs in the US sector in France. Cushing's repeated defying of censorship regulations reveals poor judgment plus an initial inability to be a "team player." The explanations he offered for his censorship violations showed an ability to bend the truth. Cushing's war journal is unclear as to exactly what transpired between him and the British and US armies. It also shows no recognition of the help he received from others who were instrumental in preventing his ignominious removal from service in France. Had that happened, his academic future and ability to train future neurosurgical leaders may have been seriously threatened. Cushing's foibles

  12. Dissociated hypopituitarism after spontaneous pituitary apoplexy in acromegaly

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Pituitary apoplexy is an uncommon event and usually occurs in non-functioning pituitary tumors. Among the functioning tumors, prolactinomas are the ones most likely to apoplexy. Apoplexy in growth hormone (GH producing adenomas is a very rare event with less than thirty cases reported worldwide. Objective: To describe a case of spontaneous pituitary apoplexy in acromegaly. Case Report: A 55 year old smoker male presented to the our outpatient clinic in 2004 with complaints of gradual onset increase in the size of hands and feet, bilateral knee pain, increased sweating and blurring of vision. Investigations uncovered diabetes mellitus by a casual blood glucose of 243 mg/dl and HbA1c of 8.5%. Growth hormone suppression test using 75 gram oral glucose showed a 60 minute growth hormone of 105 ng/ml. Magnetic resonance imaging of the sellar region showed a 12.0 mm × 10.0 mm pituitary adenoma. The patient was planned for transsphenoidal tumor decompression. However, the patient was lost to follow up. Eight-years later, he presented in the emergency department of our institute with sudden onset headache, vomiting and decreased level of consciousness of one day duration. CT scan of the head with focus on the sella was suggestive of apoplexy which was later confirmed by the MRI of the sellar region. Conclusion: Although acromegaly can remit following apoplexy of the responsible pituitary adenoma, long term follow up is needed for early detection of the development of deficiency of pituitary hormones which may occur over years following the event as well as to detect tumor regrowth which again may occur several years later.

  13. Massive Thoracoabdominal Aortic Thrombosis in a Patient with Iatrogenic Cushing Syndrome

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    Kim, Dong Hun; Choi, Dong Hyun; Lee, Young Min; Kim, Bo Bae; Ki, Young Jae; Kim, Jin Hwa; Chung, Joong Wha; Koh, Young Youp [Chosun University School of Medicine, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Joon Tae; Chae, Seung Seok [Dept. of nternal Medicine, Mokpo Jung-Ang General Hospital, Mokpo (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    Massive thoracoabdominal aortic thrombosis is a rare finding in patients with iatrogenic Cushing syndrome in the absence of any coagulation abnormality. It frequently represents an urgent surgical situation. We report the case of an 82-year-old woman with massive aortic thrombosis secondary to iatrogenic Cushing syndrome. A follow-up computed tomography scan showed a decreased amount of thrombus in the aorta after anticoagulation therapy alone.

  14. Lumbar incisional hernia of the kidney after laparoscopic adrenalectomy in a patient with Cushing's syndrome.

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    Miyazato, Minoru; Yamada, Shigeyuki; Kaiho, Yasuhiro; Ito, Akihiro; Ishidoya, Shigeto; Arai, Yoichi

    2011-01-01

    We report a first case of lumbar herniation of a kidney after laparoscopic adrenalectomy in a patient with Cushing's syndrome. A 59-year-old woman underwent separate laparoscopic adrenalectomies for right adrenal Cushing's syndrome and left primary aldosteronism. She consulted our department with a 6-month history of intermittent left back pain, starting 8 months after the second operation. Magnetic resonance imaging showed herniation of the left kidney through a defect of the lumbodorsal fascia.

  15. Drugs in the management of Cushing's syndrome%库欣综合征药物治疗

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    卢琳; 顾锋; 陆召麟

    2013-01-01

    Cushing's syndrome is a heterogeneous complex endocrine disease with overproduction of endogenous cortisol.The operation is the first choice for Cushing's syndrome.However,it is possible that the cause is difficult to identify and the disease is persistent after surgery in some patients.It has potential serious complications if untreated or inadequately treated.Medical treatment can temporarily suppress excessive cortisol production and ameliorate its clinical manifestations while ultimate therapy becomes effective.We describe pharmacological approaches to the treatment of Cushing's syndrome.For the drugs that suppress the secretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone,somatostatin analogs such as pasireotide has been proved effective in clinical trials.Dopamine receptor agonist such as cabergoline has also been tested to prove the potential therapeutic benefit.For the drugs that suppress cortisol secretion,ketoconazole,fluconazole,aminoglutethimide,metyrapone,mitotane and etomidate are playing a potential role either alone or in combination.A third category of drugs is glucocorticoid receptor antagonists.Mifepristone has been approved for the patients with persistent or recurrent Cushing's syndrome who was not amenable to surgery.The review provides a complete survey of the current drugs used and new advances in the medical treatment of Cushing's syndrome.In Conclusion,the most appropriate medical management should be given for the patient depending on the different situations.%库欣综合征是一种因内源性皮质醇产生过多而具有多种临床表现的疾病,手术为首选治疗.但部分患者因病情疑难无法明确病因而进行手术,或者术后治疗效果不好,持续的高皮质醇血症会带来各种严重并发症.在等待治疗和治疗起效期间,药物治疗可以暂时抑制过多的皮质醇产生和缓解临床表现.在抑制促肾上腺皮质激素分泌的药物中,临床试验已验证了生长抑素受体激动剂帕瑞肽的疗

  16. Pituitary tumors containing cholecystokinin

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    Rehfeld, J F; Lindholm, J; Andersen, B N

    1987-01-01

    We found small amounts of cholecystokinin in the normal human adenohypophysis and therefore examined pituitary tumors from 87 patients with acromegaly, Cushing's disease, Nelson's syndrome, prolactinoma, or inactive pituitary adenomas. Five adenomas associated with Nelson's syndrome contained......'s disease and 7 acromegaly with adenomas containing ACTH. The cholecystokinin peptides from the tumors were smaller and less sulfated than cholecystokinin from normal pituitary glands. We conclude that ACTH-producing pituitary cells may also produce an altered form of cholecystokinin....

  17. Vitamin D-binding protein and free vitamin D concentrations in acromegaly.

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    Altinova, Alev Eroglu; Ozkan, Cigdem; Akturk, Mujde; Gulbahar, Ozlem; Yalcin, Muhittin; Cakir, Nuri; Toruner, Fusun Balos

    2016-05-01

    Free 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] is suggested to be important in the determination of vitamin D deficiency, since vitamin D-binding protein (VDBP) may affect total 25(OH)D levels. There are no data about free 25(OH)D concentrations in acromegaly. We aimed to investigate serum VDBP and total and free 25(OH)D levels in patients with acromegaly in comparison with control subjects. We recruited 54 patients with acromegaly and 32 control subjects who were similar according to age, gender, and body mass index. Serum VDBP levels were found to be increased in patients with acromegaly compared to control subjects [90.35 (72.45-111.10) vs. 69.52 (63.89-80.13) mg/l, p = 0.001]. There was statistically no significant difference in serum total 25(OH)D levels between the patients with acromegaly and control subjects [18.63 (13.35-27.73) vs. 22.51 (19.20-28.96) ng/ml, p = 0.05]. Free 25(OH)D levels were significantly decreased in patients with acromegaly compared to control subjects [14.55 (10.45-21.45) vs. 17.75 (15.30-23.75) pg/ml, p = 0.03]. Free 25(OH)D levels correlated positively with total 25(OH)D (p = 0.0001) and HDL cholesterol (p = 0.04) and negatively with fasting blood glucose (p = 0.04). Our findings indicate that VDBP is increased and free 25(OH)D is decreased in acromegaly, while there is no significant alteration in total 25(OH)D.

  18. Adipose Tissue Redistribution and Ectopic Lipid Deposition in Active Acromegaly and Effects of Surgical Treatment

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    Reyes-Vidal, Carlos M.; Mojahed, Hamed; Shen, Wei; Jin, Zhezhen; Arias-Mendoza, Fernando; Fernandez, Jean Carlos; Gallagher, Dympna; Bruce, Jeffrey N.; Post, Kalmon D.

    2015-01-01

    Context: GH and IGF-I have important roles in the maintenance of substrate metabolism and body composition. However, when in excess in acromegaly, the lipolytic and insulin antagonistic effects of GH may alter adipose tissue (AT) deposition. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of surgery for acromegaly on AT distribution and ectopic lipid deposition in liver and muscle. Design: This was a prospective study before and up to 2 years after pituitary surgery. Setting: The setting was an academic pituitary center. Patients: Participants were 23 patients with newly diagnosed, untreated acromegaly. Main Outcome Measures: We determined visceral (VAT), subcutaneous (SAT), and intermuscular adipose tissue (IMAT), and skeletal muscle compartments by total-body magnetic resonance imaging, intrahepatic and intramyocellular lipid by proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and serum endocrine, metabolic, and cardiovascular risk markers. Results: VAT and SAT masses were lower than predicted in active acromegaly, but increased after surgery in male and female subjects along with lowering of GH, IGF-I, and insulin resistance. VAT and SAT increased to a greater extent in men than in women. Skeletal muscle mass decreased in men. IMAT was higher in active acromegaly and decreased in women after surgery. Intrahepatic lipid increased, but intramyocellular lipid did not change after surgery. Conclusions: Acromegaly may present a unique type of lipodystrophy characterized by reduced storage of AT in central depots and a shift of excess lipid to IMAT. After surgery, this pattern partially reverses, but differentially in men and women. These findings have implications for understanding the role of GH in body composition and metabolic risk in acromegaly and other clinical settings of GH use. PMID:26037515

  19. Clinical analysis of 24 cases with Cushing' s syndrome%库欣综合征24例临床分析

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    杜娟; 闫朝丽; 李彩萍; 侯俊秀; 邱琳; 皇甫建

    2013-01-01

    Objective To analyze the etiological causes,clinical manifestations,laboratory characteristcs and diagnosis criterions with Cushing' s syndrome,in order to improve the early diagnosis of this disease.Methods Collected and reviewed the clinical data of 24 cases with Cushing' s syndrome admitted to the hospital from Jan 2007 to Dec 2012.Results Cushing' s disease and adrenal adenoma were common.Hypertension were the most frequent signs,account for 83.33% patients(20/24).The prevalence of abnormal glucose metabolism and hypokalemia were 54.17% (13/24) and 37.50% (9/24),respectively.Purple stripes,ecchymosis and acne were rare signs.In the screening tests,all cases with endogenous Cushing' s syndrome can be suppressed from low dose dexamethasone suppression test.5 out of 7 patients with Cushing' s disease can be suppressed from high dose dexamethasone suppression test,and MR of the pituitary in 5 cases exhibits pituitary adenoma.CT of the adrenal glands all exist positive findings.Conclusion The prevalence of hypertension and diabetes are high in patients with Cushing' s syndrome.High dose dexamethasone suppression test,adrenocorticotropic hormone combined with imaging findings are necessary for the differential diagnosis of Cushing' s syndrome.%目的 探讨库欣综合征患者的病因、临床表现、实验室检查、诊断方法等,提高该病的早期诊断水平.方法 收集2007年1月-2012年12月24例库欣综合征患者的完整临床资料,进行回顾性分析.结果 该组病例主要病因为库欣病和肾上腺皮质腺瘤.临床表现以高血压出现频率最高(83.33%,20/24),糖代谢异常和低血钾分别为54.17%(13/24)和37.50% (9/24),紫纹、瘀斑、痤疮少见.诊断试验方面,20例内源性库欣综合征患者均不被小剂量地塞米松抑制,7例库欣病患者中5例能被大剂量地塞米松抑制.5例垂体MR示微腺瘤,肾上腺肿瘤患者的肾上腺CT均有阳性发现.结论 库欣综合征临床表现

  20. Pseudo-Cushing's syndrome in human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients.

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    Miller, K K; Daly, P A; Sentochnik, D; Doweiko, J; Samore, M; Basgoz, N O; Grinspoon, S K

    1998-07-01

    To our knowledge, an association between human immunodeficiency virus infection and pseudo-Cushing's syndrome has not previously been described. We describe four HIV-infected patients with pseudo-Cushing's syndrome, characterized by striking dorsocervical and submandibular fat accumulation and central obesity. In each case, cortisol levels were either normal or suppressed adequately with administration of dexamethasone, excluding the diagnosis of true Cushing's syndrome. Immune function and weight improved significantly preceding the development of pseudo-Cushing's syndrome. Three of the four patients were taking a common protease inhibitor at the onset of symptoms, and the fourth reported the exacerbation of his symptoms with the addition of a protease inhibitor. The observed characteristic pattern of fat deposition may be attributable to a specific effect of new antiretroviral therapies or may relate to recovery independent of medication usage. Distinguishing between pseudo-Cushing's syndrome and true Cushing's syndrome is critical for preventing the unnecessary and potentially harmful treatment of such patients. Further research into the mechanisms of this novel phenomenon is needed.

  1. Children experience cognitive decline despite reversal of brain atrophy one year after resolution of Cushing syndrome.

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    Merke, Deborah P; Giedd, Jay N; Keil, Margaret F; Mehlinger, Sarah L; Wiggs, E A; Holzer, Stuart; Rawson, Erin; Vaituzis, A Catherine; Stratakis, Constantine A; Chrousos, George P

    2005-05-01

    Adults with Cushing syndrome frequently develop brain atrophy, memory impairment, and depression, with partial to complete resolution after cure. The effect of excess glucocorticoid exposure on the brain of children has not been systematically studied. Eleven children (six girls, five boys; ages, 8-16 yr) with endogenous Cushing syndrome seen at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center from 1999-2000 and 10 healthy age- and sex-matched control subjects were studied. Cognitive and psychological evaluations and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain were done before and 1 yr after cure for patients with Cushing syndrome and once for controls. The estimated duration of Cushing syndrome was 4.4 +/- 1.2 yr. When compared with control subjects, children with Cushing syndrome had significantly smaller cerebral volumes (P Cushing syndrome experienced a significant (P brain of children appears to be different from adults. Despite rapid reversibility of cerebral atrophy, children experience a significant decline in cognitive function 1 yr after correction of hypercortisolism.

  2. Acromegaly caused by a growth hormonereleasing hormone secreting carcinoid tumour of the lung : the effect of octreotide treatment

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    De Heide, L. J. M.; Van den Berg, G.; Wolthuis, A.; Van Schelven, W. D.

    2007-01-01

    in acromegaly, the overproduction of growth hormone is usually caused by a pituitary adenoma. We report a 74-year-old woman with acromegaly caused by ectopic overproduction of growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH), a rare diagnosis. The GHRH appeared to be produced by a carcinoid tumour of the lun

  3. ACTH deficiency, higher doses of hydrocortisone replacement, and radiotherapy are independent predictors of mortality in patients with acromegaly.

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    Sherlock, M

    2009-11-01

    A number of retrospective studies report that patients with acromegaly have increased morbidity and premature mortality, with standardized mortality ratios (SMR) of 1.3-3. Many patients with acromegaly develop hypopituitarism as a result of the pituitary adenoma itself or therapies such as surgery and radiotherapy. Pituitary radiotherapy and hypopituitarism have also been associated with an increased SMR.

  4. Cushing proximal symphalangism and the NOG and GDF5 genes

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    Plett, Sara K. [Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY (United States); Berdon, Walter E.; Oklu, Rahmi [Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Department of Radiology, New York, NY (United States); Cowles, Robert A. [Morgan Stanley Children' s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, New York, NY (United States); Campbell, John B. [Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Department of Radiology, Orlando, FL (United States)

    2008-02-15

    Proximal symphalangism (SYM1) is an autosomal-dominant developmental disorder of joint fusion. This disorder is best known from famous historical descriptions of two large kindred: Cushing's description in 1916 of the ''straight-fingered'' Brown family of Virginia and Drinkwater's description in 1917 of the British Talbot family of noble blood, descended from the English war hero John Talbot, the first Earl of Shrewsbury (1388-1453). Recent genetic studies link this phenotype to expression of abnormal genes at future joint sites: too little expression of NOG, a growth antagonist, or overexpression of GDF5, a growth agonist, results in cartilage overgrowth and bony fusion. This review unites in depth the first historical accounts of SYM1 with a clinical description and reviews the current understanding of the molecular mechanism underlying what is likely the oldest dominant trait ever studied. (orig.)

  5. Stress-induced Cushing's syndrome in fur-chewing chinchillas.

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    Tisljar, Marina; Janić, D; Grabarević, Z; Simpraga, Borka; Marinculić, A; Pinter, Ljiljana; Janicki, Z; Nemanic, Ankica

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    One of the most serious problems in the chinchilla industry is 'fur-chewing', when the chinchilla bites off areas of its own or some other animal's fur. The condition generally develops in both genders at the age of 6-8 months. In chinchilla farms in Croatia an incidence of 15-20% has been observed. A pathomorphological, microbiological and parasitological investigation was conducted on eleven 6- to 11-month-old chinchillas of both sexes with clinical symptoms of 'fur-chewing' and three chinchillas without such signs. Histopathology of the adrenal glands and of the chewed skin revealed changes typical of Cushing's syndrome in 'fur-chewed' chinchillas, such as hyperkeratinisation of the epidermis, epidermal atrophy, pronounced follicular and sebaceous gland atrophy, hyperkeratinisation of the follicles with comedo formations and the presence of calcium salts in subcutis.

  6. Geographical information system (GIS) as a new tool to evaluate epidemiology based on spatial analysis and clinical outcomes in acromegaly.

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    Naves, Luciana Ansaneli; Porto, Lara Benigno; Rosa, João Willy Corrêa; Casulari, Luiz Augusto; Rosa, José Wilson Corrêa

    2015-02-01

    Geographical information systems (GIS) have emerged as a group of innovative software components useful for projects in epidemiology and planning in Health Care System. This is an original study to investigate environmental and geographical influences on epidemiology of acromegaly in Brazil. We aimed to validate a method to link an acromegaly registry with a GIS mapping program, to describe the spatial distribution of patients, to identify disease clusters and to evaluate if the access to Health Care could influence the outcome of the disease. Clinical data from 112 consecutive patients were collected and home addresses were plotted in the GIS software for spatial analysis. The buffer spatial distribution of patients living in Brasilia showed that 38.1% lived from 0.33 to 8.66 km, 17.7% from 8.67 to 18.06 km, 22.2% from 18.07 to 25.67 km and 22% from 25.68 to 36.70 km distant to the Reference Medical Center (RMC), and no unexpected clusters were identified. Migration of 26 patients from 11 others cities in different regions of the country was observed. Most of patients (64%) with adenomas bigger than 25 mm lived more than 20 km away from RMC, but no significant correlation between the distance from patient's home to the RMC and tumor diameter (r = 0.45 p = 0.20) nor for delay in diagnosis (r = 0.43 p = 0.30) was found. The geographical distribution of diagnosed cases did not impact in the latency of diagnosis or tumor size but the recognition of significant migration denotes that improvements in the medical assistance network are needed.

  7. Acromegaly with Normal Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 Levels and Congestive Heart Failure as the First Clinical Manifestation.

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    Lee, Hyae Min; Lee, Sun Hee; Yang, In Ho; Hwang, In Kyoung; Hwang, You Cheol; Ahn, Kyu Jeung; Chung, Ho Yeon; Hwang, Hui Jeong; Jeong, In Kyung

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    The leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with acromegaly is cardiovascular complications. Myocardial exposure to excessive growth hormone can cause ventricular hypertrophy, hypertension, arrhythmia, and diastolic dysfunction. However, congestive heart failure as a result of systolic dysfunction is observed only rarely in patients with acromegaly. Most cases of acromegaly exhibit high levels of serum insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Acromegaly with normal IGF-1 levels is rare and difficult to diagnose. Here, we report a rare case of an acromegalic patient whose first clinical manifestation was severe congestive heart failure, despite normal IGF-1 levels. We diagnosed acromegaly using a glucose-loading growth hormone suppression test. Cardiac function and myocardial hypertrophy improved 6 months after transsphenoidal resection of a pituitary adenoma.

  8. Acromegaly with Normal Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 Levels and Congestive Heart Failure as the First Clinical Manifestation

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    Hyae Min Lee

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with acromegaly is cardiovascular complications. Myocardial exposure to excessive growth hormone can cause ventricular hypertrophy, hypertension, arrhythmia, and diastolic dysfunction. However, congestive heart failure as a result of systolic dysfunction is observed only rarely in patients with acromegaly. Most cases of acromegaly exhibit high levels of serum insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1. Acromegaly with normal IGF-1 levels is rare and difficult to diagnose. Here, we report a rare case of an acromegalic patient whose first clinical manifestation was severe congestive heart failure, despite normal IGF-1 levels. We diagnosed acromegaly using a glucose-loading growth hormone suppression test. Cardiac function and myocardial hypertrophy improved 6 months after transsphenoidal resection of a pituitary adenoma.

  9. Increased activity of digoxin-like substance in low-renin hypertension in acromegaly

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    Soszynski, P.; Slowinska-Srzednicka, J.; Zgliczynski, S. (Medical Center for Postgraduate Education, Warsaw (Poland))

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    Arterial hypertension is common in acromegaly, but the pathogenesis of this complication remains unknown. To determine the role of an endogenous Na,K pump inhibitor/digoxin-like substance (DLS) in the pathogenesis of hypertension in acromegaly 76 subjects: 28 with acromegaly, 20 with essential hypertension and 28 healthy controls were studied. Serum DLS was measured with the use of radioimmunoassay and bioassay by the inhibition of digoxin-sensitive erythrocyte 86-Rb uptake. In acromegaly, the activity of DLS was significantly increased and plasma renin activity decreased in the hypertensive group, as compared with that of the normotensive group and controls. Moreover, DLS was elevated in the low-renin group of essential hypertension, as compared with that of the normal/high-renin group or controls. The activity of DLS correlated positively with mean arterial pressure and negatively with plasma renin activity, but not with growth hormone levels. In conclusion, an endogenous sodium pump inhibitor/digoxin-like substance may play a role in the pathogenesis of low-renin hypertension in acromegaly.

  10. Serum ghrelin levels in acromegaly: effects of surgical and long-acting octreotide therapy.

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    Freda, Pamela U; Reyes, Carlos M; Conwell, Irene M; Sundeen, Robert E; Wardlaw, Sharon L

    2003-05-01

    The orexigenic peptide, ghrelin, is regulated by acute and chronic nutritional state. Although exogenously administered ghrelin stimulates pituitary GH secretion, little is known about the role of ghrelin in endogenous GH secretion or how high GH and IGF-I levels in acromegaly could affect ghrelin secretion and vice versa. Therefore, we evaluated fasting and post oral glucose tolerance test serum ghrelin levels in 19 patients with active acromegaly at baseline and after either surgery in 9 of these or administration of long-acting octreotide (Sandostatin LAR) in the other 10 patients. After surgical cure, fasting ghrelin rose from 312 +/- 56 pg/ml to 548 +/- 97 pg/ml (P = 0.013). Fasting serum ghrelin levels were higher in all patients after surgery and ranged between 112% and 349% of presurgery levels. Ghrelin levels fell significantly during long-acting octreotide therapy from 447 +/- 34 pg/ml to 206 +/- 15 pg/ml (P acromegaly; lowered serum levels of ghrelin in active acromegaly rise along with the postsurgery normalization of GH and IGF-I and improved insulin resistance. In contrast to surgical therapy, long-acting octreotide therapy persistently suppressed serum ghrelin levels. It remains to be determined whether altered circulating ghrelin concentrations could impact on body composition changes in acromegaly.

  11. Zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium metabolism in patients with human growth hormone deficiency or acromegaly.

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    Aihara, K; Nishi, Y; Hatano, S; Kihara, M; Ohta, M; Sakoda, K; Uozumi, T; Usui, T

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    This study was designed to evaluate trace metal metabolism in patients with known abnormalities of human growth hormone (hGH). The mean concentration of zinc in plasma and urine decreased in patients with hGH deficiency after hGH injection, whereas, after adenomectomy, in patients with acromegaly, zinc increased in plasma, remained the same in erythrocytes, and decreased in urine. There was a negative correlation between plasma zinc and serum hGH levels and a positive correlation between urinary zinc excretion and serum hGH levels in acromegaly. In hGH deficiency, the copper content remained unchanged in plasma and erythrocytes and rose in urine after treatment; however, in acromegaly, the copper content increased in plasma and remained unchanged in erythrocytes and urine after surgery. The mean concentration of erythrocyte manganese did not change significantly after treatment in patients with hGH deficiency or acromegaly, but the pre-hGH treatment level of erythrocyte manganese in hGH deficiency was lower than in the controls. Plasma selenium concentrations were decreased in hGH deficiency and increased in acromegaly patients after therapy. These results suggest that hGH affects the metabolism of zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.

  12. Body Image Disturbance in Acromegaly Patients Compared to Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenoma Patients and Controls

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    Helen M. Conaglen

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    Full Text Available Purpose. Excess growth hormone secretion in adults results in acromegaly, a condition in which multiple physical changes occur including bony and soft tissue overgrowth. Over time these changes can markedly alter a person’s appearance. The aim of this study was to compare body image disturbance in patients with acromegaly to those with nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas (NFAs and controls and assess the impact of obesity in these groups. Methods. A cross-sectional survey including quality of life, body image disturbance, anxiety and depression measures, growth hormone, and BMI measurement was carried out. Results. The groups did not differ with respect to body image disturbance. However separate analysis of obese participants demonstrated relationships between mood scales, body image disturbance, and pain issues, particularly for acromegaly patients. Conclusions. While the primary hypothesis that acromegaly might be associated with body image disturbance was not borne out, we have shown that obesity together with acromegaly and NFA can be associated with body image issues, suggesting that BMI rather than primary diagnosis might better indicate whether patients might experience body image disturbance problems.

  13. Italian Society for the Study of Diabetes (SID)/Italian Endocrinological Society (SIE) guidelines on the treatment of hyperglycemia in Cushing's syndrome and acromegaly.

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    Baroni, M G; Giorgino, F; Pezzino, V; Scaroni, C; Avogaro, A

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    Hyperglycemia is a common feature associated with states of increased growth hormone secretion and glucocorticoid levels. The purpose of these guidelines is to assist clinicians and other health care providers to take evidence-based therapeutic decisions for the treatment of hyperglycemia in patients with growth hormone and corticosteroid excess. Both the SID and SIE appointed members to represent each society and to collaborate in Guidelines writing. Members were chosen for their specific knowledge in the field. Each member agreed to produce-and regularly update-conflicts of interest. The authors of these guidelines prepared their contributions following the recommendations for the development of Guidelines, using the standard classes of recommendation shown below. All members of the writing committee provided editing and systematic review of each part of the manuscript, and discussed the grading of evidence. Consensus was guided by a systematic review of all available trials and by interactive discussions.

  14. Decreased trabecular bone biomechanical competence, apparent density, IGF-II and IGFBP-5 content in acromegaly

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    Ueland, Thor; Ebbesen, Ebbe Nils; Thomsen, Jesper Skovhus;

    2002-01-01

    of these growth factors in relation to biomechanical properties in acromegaly. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Trabecular bone biomechanical competence (compression test), apparent density (peripheral quantitative computed tomography, pQCT), and bone matrix contents of calcium (HCl hydrolysis) and IGFs (guanidinium......-HCl extraction) were measured in iliac crest biopsies from 13 patients with active acromegaly (two women and 11 men, aged 21-61 years) and 21 age- and sex-matched controls (four women and 17 men, aged 23-64 years). RESULTS: Trabecular bone pQCT was reduced in acromegalic patients compared with controls (P = 0...... bone content of IGF-I, IGFBP-3, or osteocalcin. However, IGF-II and IGFBP-5 content was decreased (P acromegaly, supporting previous observations...

  15. Acromegaly with no pituitary adenoma and no evidence of ectopic source

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    Deepak Khandelwal

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available More than 99% of patients with acromegaly harbor a growth hormone (GH secreting pituitary adenoma. As the time from onset of signs/symptoms to diagnosis of acromegaly is long (symptom onset to diagnosis is often 4-10 years, pituitary adenomas that cause GH excess are often large and are nearly always visible on conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. However, in rare circumstances, acromegalic patients without an ectopic source will not have imaging evidence of a pituitary adenoma. Management of these patients poses special challenge, and once ectopic source of GH/growth-hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH is ruled out, an exploration of pituitary might be useful. We herein report a case of acromegaly with imaging evidence of sellar floor osteoma, but no pituitary adenoma, and negative work up for an ectopic source of GH/GHRH tumor, and on surgical exploration pituitary adenoma could be identified and removed and confirmed on histopathologic examination.

  16. Rosiglitazone as an option for patients with acromegaly: a case series

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    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction In the patient with acromegaly, pituitary surgery is the therapeutic standard. Despite undergoing surgery, a significant number of patients with acromegaly continue to have uncontrolled growth hormone secretion. These patients require other treatments such as external irradiation and/or drug therapy. Case presentation We present the clinical and laboratory responses to six months of treatment with rosiglitazone in four cases. In all four cases, the patients had persistent growth hormone overproduction despite previous surgical treatment and other conventional therapy. Case 1 is a 57-year-old Caucasian woman, case 2 is a 51-year-old Hispanic man, case 3 is a 32-year-old Hispanic woman, and case 4 is a 36-year-old Hispanic man. In three of these patients, basal and nadir growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor 1 levels were significantly decreased (P P Conclusion Rosiglitazone could be a treatment option in select patients with acromegaly.

  17. Germline PRKACA amplification leads to Cushing syndrome caused by 3 adrenocortical pathologic phenotypes.

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    Carney, J Aidan; Lyssikatos, Charalampos; Lodish, Maya B; Stratakis, Constantine A

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    We describe the pathology of 5 patients with germline PRKACA copy number gain and Cushing syndrome: 4 males and 1 female, aged 2 to 43 years, including a mother and son. Imaging showed normal or slightly enlarged adrenal glands in 4 patients and a unilateral mass in the fifth. Biochemically, the patients had corticotropin-independent hypercortisolism. Four underwent bilateral adrenalectomy; unilateral adrenalectomy was performed in the patient with the adrenal mass. Pathologically, 3 patients, including the 1 with the tumor (adenoma), had primary pigmented nodular adrenocortical disease with extranodular cortical atrophy and mild intracapsular and extracapsular extension of cortical cells. The other 2 patients had cortical hyperplasia and prominent capsular and extracapsular micronodular cortical hyperplasia. Immunoperoxidase staining revealed differences for synaptophysin, inhibin-A, and Ki-67 (nuclei) in the atrophic cortices (patients 1, 2, and 3) and hyperplastic cortices (patients 4 and 5) and for Ki-67 (nuclei) and vimentin in the extracortical nodules in the 2 groups of patients. β-Catenin stained the cell membrane, cytoplasm, and nuclei of the adenoma. The patients were well at follow-up (1-23 years); 24-hour urinary cortisol excretion was elevated in the patient who had unilateral adrenalectomy.

  18. Long-term outcome of patients with acromegaly and congestive heart failure.

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    Bihan, Hélène; Espinosa, Consuelo; Valdes-Socin, Hernan; Salenave, Sylvie; Young, Jacques; Levasseur, Suzanne; Assayag, Patrick; Beckers, Albert; Chanson, Philippe

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    Cardiovascular complications are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with acromegaly. Normalization of GH secretion is associated with an improvement in structural and functional cardiac abnormalities. However, the long-term cardiac effects of treatment for acromegaly have not been studied in patients who have already developed chronic congestive heart failure (CHF). We reviewed the charts of 330 consecutive patients with acromegaly treated in two French and Belgian centers since 1985. Ten patients with both acromegaly and CHF (eight men, two women, mean age 49.7 yr) were studied retrospectively. One of them was excluded because CHF was due to severe aortic stenosis.CHF (New York Heart Association stages III-IV and echocardiography showing dilated hypokinetic cardiomyopathy with left ventricular systolic dysfunction and a left ventricular ejection fraction less than 45%) was diagnosed before, concomitantly, or after acromegaly in, respectively, two, five, and two patients. Three patients were referred with terminal heart failure requiring transplantation.One patient had transient CHF associated with a hypertensive crisis. The other eight patients had symptomatic chronic CHF. Control of GH hypersecretion failed, totally or partially, in three patients: one had a long-term survival, and the two others died at 1 and 5 yr. Good GH control was achieved in five patients: four of these are still alive 2-16 yr after diagnosis of CHF, their clinical status is stable or improved, and their quality of life is good. Overall, the 1- and 5-yr mortality (or transplantation) rates for patients with chronic symptomatic CHF were 25% (2 of 8 patients) and 37.5% (3 of 8 patients), respectively. In conclusion, less than 3% of acromegalic patients developed CHF in this study. Although effective treatment of acromegaly improved short-term cardiovascular status, its impact on long-term survival is questionable.

  19. Circulating levels of pegvisomant and endogenous growth hormone during prolonged pegvisomant therapy in patients with acromegaly

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    Madsen, Michael; Fisker, Sanne; Feldt-Rasmussen, Ulla;

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    OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether pegvisomant treatment in acromegaly induces gradual elevations in endogenous serum growth hormone (GH) levels and whether serum pegvisomant levels predict the therapeutic outcome. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Seventeen patients (6 women), mean age 46·3 years (range: 23...... correlated with baseline growth hormone levels, whereas no associations between serum pegvisomant and either dose, gender, age or body weight were found. CONCLUSIONS: (1) Serum GH levels increased initially, but remained stable during prolonged pegvisomant treatment in patients with acromegaly, (2) serum...

  20. [Orotracheal intubation of patients with acromegaly using the AirTraq laryngoscope].

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    Castañeda Pascual, M; Navarro García, C; Batllori Gastón, M; Anadón Senac, María P; Arrondo Nicolás, J; Martín Vizcaíno, M P

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    An excess of growth hormone is responsible for the phenotypical characteristics of acromegaly. Tissue hypertrophy and growth also affect the airway, potentially making perioperative management difficult. If tests to foresee the likelihood of difficult airway have limitations affecting their sensitivity, specificity and predictive value even in the normal population, their reliability in patients with acromegaly is still more doubtful. At this time, videoassisted or optical laryngoscopes can offer a way to facilitate intubation in these patients. We report 3 cases in which the AirTraq optical laryngoscope was used to gain a full view of the vocal cords in acromegalic patients scheduled for pituitary surgery by the transsphenoidal route.

  1. Pulmonary epidermoid carcinoma in a patient with acromegaly: a rare entity

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    El Aziz, Siham; Chadli, Asma; Obbiba, Atika; El Ghomari, Hassan; Farouqi, Ahmed

    2012-01-01

    A 56-years-old woman was referred to our unit for partially treated acromegaly. She had a high level of insulin growth factor. She did not complain of any pulmonary symptoms and was a non-smoker. Physical examination revealed clinical features of acromegaly. She had a 13 mm pituitary adenoma and was proposed for surgical intervention. Her chest X-ray showed a right paracardiac tumor. Computed tomography scan revealed a large right-sided fowler tumor. Pituitary surgery was cancelled and lobect...

  2. [CLINICAL, BIOCHEMICAL AND HORMONAL PREDICTORS OF LEFT VENTRICULAR HYPERTROPHY IN PATIENTS WITH ACROMEGALY].

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    Mykytyuk, M R

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    Examined 76 (26 men and 50 women) patients with active acromegaly aged 20 to 70 years, average age (48.22 ± 12.19). Echocardiographic signs of hypertrophy of the left ventricular (LVH) revealed by 63.2% of patients, including 46%--concentric LVH. Found that high levels of pituitary growth hormone (GH) and insulin like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) were independent predictors of LVH. Influence of GH and IGF-1 on the formation of LVH-mediated through anthropometric parameters and levels of systolic and diastolic blood pressure, which are predictors in patients with acromegaly LVH.

  3. Challenges in early operative approaches to intramedullary spinal cord tumors: Harvey Cushing's perspective.

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    Pendleton, Courtney; Rincon-Torroella, Jordina; Gokaslan, Ziya L; Jallo, George I; Quinones-Hinojosa, Alfredo

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    Although Harvey Cushing was mostly known for his contributions to brain tumor surgery, he was also a pioneer in the development of spinal cord surgery. This lesser known facet of Cushing's career can provide a fresh and unique perspective into how the founders of neurosurgery surmounted early challenges in the field. The authors bring to light and examine for the first time Cushing's unpublished writing "Technique of Laminectomy" along with his first 3 documented intramedullary spinal cord tumor (IMSCT) cases at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The authors draw lessons from the challenges in pathological classification, preoperative diagnosis, tumor localization, and surgical technique of that time. Although Cushing's attempts at exploration and resection of IMSCT as described here were of limited success, his ability to adapt his clinical and surgical technique to the challenges of the time, as well as develop skills to successfully manipulate the spinal cord during these exploratory procedures without the patients incurring neurological damage, postoperative infection, or complications, is a testament to his determination to advance the field and his meticulous operative technique. In spite of the limitations imposed on the pioneer neurosurgeons, Harvey Cushing and his contemporaries persevered through many of the challenges and built an essential part of neurosurgery's common story.

  4. The neuromuscular features of acromegaly: a clinical and pathological study.

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    Khaleeli, A A; Levy, R D; Edwards, R H; McPhail, G; Mills, K R; Round, J M; Betteridge, D J

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    A study of the neuromuscular features of acromegaly was performed in six patients. Clinical assessment was supplemented by quadriceps force measurements, plasma creatine kinase (CK) activities, electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies. Muscle mass was measured by urinary creatinine/height indices (CHI) and cross sectional area (CSA) of thighs and calves on computed tomography. Quadriceps force/unit cross sectional area was derived. Needle biopsies of vastus lateralis were studied by histochemical and ultrastructural methods. Mean fibre area (MFA) and fibre type proportions were measured. Most of the subjects studied had muscle pain and proximal muscle weakness confirmed by quadriceps force measurements. This occurred in the absence of muscle wasting, as shown by cross sectional area measurements and normal or raised creatinine/height indices. "Myopathic" features were demonstrated by needle biopsy in half the patients and occasionally by electromyography and raised plasma creatine kinase activity. Abnormalities on needle biopsy included variation in fibre size, type 2 fibre atrophy and large type 1 MFA relative to type 2 MFA. Electronmicroscopy showed the non-specific findings of increased glycogen accumulation, excess lipofuscin pigment and myofilament loss.

  5. A genetic and molecular update on adrenocortical causes of Cushing syndrome.

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    Lodish, Maya; Stratakis, Constantine A

    2016-05-01

    Primary adrenal Cushing syndrome is the result of cortisol hypersecretion mainly by adenomas and, rarely, by bilateral micronodular or macronodular adrenocortical hyperplasia. cAMP-dependent protein kinase A (PKA) signalling is the major activator of cortisol secretion in the adrenal cortex. Many adenomas and hyperplasias associated with primary hypercortisolism carry somatic or germline mutations in genes that encode constituents of the cAMP-PKA pathway. In this Review, we discuss Cushing syndrome and its linkage to dysregulated cAMP-PKA signalling, with a focus on genetic findings in the past few years. In addition, we discuss the presence of germline inactivating mutations in ARMC5 in patients with primary bilateral macronodular adrenocortical hyperplasia. This finding has implications for genetic counselling of affected patients; hitherto, most patients with this form of adrenal hyperplasia and Cushing syndrome were thought to have a sporadic and not a familial disorder.

  6. Cushing Syndrome in a 6-Month-Old Infant due to Adrenocortical Tumor

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    Volmar KeithE

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Cushing syndrome is rare in infancy and usually due to an adrenocortical tumor (ACT. We report an infant with Cushing syndrome due to adrenocortical carcinoma. The patient presented at six months of age with a three-month history of growth failure, rapid weight gain, acne, and irritability. Physical examination showed obesity, hypertension, and Cushingoid features. Biochemical evaluation showed very high serum cortisol, mildly elevated testosterone, and suppressed ACTH. Abdominal MRI revealed a heterogeneous right adrenal mass extending into the inferior vena cava. Evaluation for metastases was negative. The tumor was removed surgically en bloc. Pathologic examination demonstrated low mitotic rate, but capsular and vascular invasion. She received no adjuvant therapy. Her linear growth has improved and Cushingoid features resolved. Hormonal markers and quarterly PET scans have been negative for recurrence 24 months postoperatively. In conclusion, adrenocortical neoplasms in children are rare, but should be considered in the differential diagnosis of Cushing syndrome.

  7. Neuroendocrine carcinoma of the ampulla of Vater causing ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone-dependent Cushing's syndrome

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    KATO, AKIHISA; HAYASHI, KAZUKI; NAITOH, ITARU; SENO, KYOJI; OKADA, YUKIKO; BAN, TESSHIN; KONDO, HIROMU; NISHI, YUJI; UMEMURA, SHUICHIRO; HORI, YASUKI; NATSUME, MAKOTO; JOH, TAKASHI

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    Ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is rarely secreted by neuroendocrine tumors. Although neuroendocrine tumors may occur at any site in the gastrointestinal system, they very rarely occur in the ampulla of Vater and have a poor prognosis. The present study described the first Cushing's syndrome as a result of ectopic ACTH arising from the ampulla of Vater neuroendocrine carcinoma. A 69-year-old female was admitted with clinical features of Cushing's syndrome, confirmed biochemically by hypokalemia, and elevated levels of ACTH and cortisol. In further investigations, a tumor of the ampulla of Vater and liver metastases were detected. Pathological analysis of the biopsy confirmed a neuroendocrine carcinoma, which was immunohistochemically positive for chromogranin A, synaptophysin, cluster of differentiation 56 and ACTH. Therefore, the present study diagnosed a functional and metastatic neuroendocrine carcinoma of the ampulla of Vater with ectopic ACTH production causing Cushing's syndrome. The patient succumbed to mortality 4 months later, despite administration of combined chemotherapy with irinotecan and cisplatin. PMID:27330779

  8. Cushing Syndrome in a 6-Month-Old Infant due to Adrenocortical Tumor

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    Keith E. Volmar

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    Full Text Available Cushing syndrome is rare in infancy and usually due to an adrenocortical tumor (ACT. We report an infant with Cushing syndrome due to adrenocortical carcinoma. The patient presented at six months of age with a three-month history of growth failure, rapid weight gain, acne, and irritability. Physical examination showed obesity, hypertension, and Cushingoid features. Biochemical evaluation showed very high serum cortisol, mildly elevated testosterone, and suppressed ACTH. Abdominal MRI revealed a heterogeneous right adrenal mass extending into the inferior vena cava. Evaluation for metastases was negative. The tumor was removed surgically en bloc. Pathologic examination demonstrated low mitotic rate, but capsular and vascular invasion. She received no adjuvant therapy. Her linear growth has improved and Cushingoid features resolved. Hormonal markers and quarterly PET scans have been negative for recurrence 24 months postoperatively. In conclusion, adrenocortical neoplasms in children are rare, but should be considered in the differential diagnosis of Cushing syndrome.

  9. A Case of Paraneoplastic Cushing Syndrome Presenting as Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar Nonketotic Syndrome

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    Christina E. Brzezniak

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    Full Text Available Carcinoid tumors are neuroendocrine tumors that mainly arise in the gastrointestinal tract, lungs, and bronchi. Bronchopulmonary carcinoids have been associated with Cushing syndrome, which results from ectopic adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH secretion. We report the case of a 65-year-old man, a colonel in the US Air Force, with metastatic bronchopulmonary carcinoid tumors treated on a clinical trial who was hospitalized for complaints of increasing thirst, polydipsia, polyuria, weakness, and visual changes. Decompensated hyperglycemia suggested a diagnosis of hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome (HHNS. Additional findings, which included hypokalemia, hypernatremia, hypertension, metabolic alkalosis, moon facies, and striae, raised a red flag for an ectopic ACTH syndrome. Elevated ACTH levels confirmed Cushing syndrome. Treatment with a fluid replacement and insulin drip resulted in immediate symptomatic improvement. Cushing syndrome should be considered in carcinoid patients with physical stigmata such as moon facies and striae. HHNS may be the presenting clinical feature in patients with impaired glucose metabolism.

  10. Assessment of the awareness and management of sleep apnea syndrome in acromegaly. The COM.E.TA (Comorbidities Evaluation and Treatment in Acromegaly) Italian Study Group.

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    De Menis, E; Giustina, A; Colao, A; Degli Uberti, E; Ghigo, E; Minuto, F; Bogazzi, F; Drigo, R; Cattaneo, A; Aimaretti, G

    2011-01-01

    In 2007 the Italian COM.E.T.A. (COMorbidities Evaluation and Treatment in Acromegaly) study group started to assess the application in a clinical setting of the Versailles criteria for management of acromegaly complications by a first questionnaire focusing on cardiovascular co-morbidities. A further questionnaire on sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) was delivered by the COM.E.T.A. study group to 107 endocrine centers in Italy. The results of our survey suggest that SAS is a well-known comorbidity even if its estimated prevalence is lower than in the literature. Polysomnography is the preferred tool for diagnosis. Control of SAS is considered relevant both for quality of life and co-morbidities. Continuous positive airway pressure is the cornerstone of therapy, but patients' acceptance may be critical. Control of GH/IGF-I secretion is important to improve SAS. Management of SAS requires cooperation between specialists.

  11. Desmopressin test and cushing's syndrome%1-脱氨基-8-右旋精氨酸加压素刺激实验与库欣综合征

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    张淑萍; 张纯; 刘惠萍; 王复新

    2005-01-01

    目的探讨1-脱氨基-8-右旋精氨酸加压素刺激实验(desmopressin,DDAVP)在库欣病(Cushing's disease,CD)鉴别诊断上的可行性.方法本实验分析了DDAVP刺激对不同病因的库欣综合征(Cushing's syndrome,CS)和正常人(normal individual,NI)的肾上腺皮质激素(Adrenocorticotropm hormone,ACTH)和皮质醇(cortisol,F)释放的影响.结果2/3的异位ACTH分泌综合征(ectopic ACTHsecretion,EC)患者呈阳性结果.结论实验证明DDAVP测试不能作为CD的鉴别诊断方法,因为EC对DDAVP这种肽类物质的刺激呈超常反应.

  12. Disease: H00260 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available onodular adrenocortical disease is a form of ACTH-independent adrenal hyperplasia resulting in endogenous Cushing's syndrome. Endocri...ne disease (PPNAD1) PRKAR1A [HSA:5573] [KO:K04739] (PPNAD2) PDE11A [HSA:50940] [KO:

  13. Bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome in Graves' disease.

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    Manganelli, P; Pavesi, G; Salaffi, F

    1987-01-01

    Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) may be associated with endocrinopathies, such as hypothyroidism and acromegaly. A direct relationship between CTS and hyperthyroidism has recently been suggested. We now report a case in which bilateral CTS developed after treatment of Graves' disease, thus, questioning the possibility of a relationship between these two disease processes.

  14. Diagnostic challenges and management of a patient with acromegaly due to ectopic growth hormone-releasing hormone secretion from a bronchial carcinoid tumour

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    Kyriakakis, Nikolaos; Trouillas, Jacqueline; Dang, Mary N; Lynch, Julie; Belchetz, Paul; Korbonits, Márta

    2017-01-01

    Summary A male patient presented at the age of 30 with classic clinical features of acromegaly and was found to have elevated growth hormone levels, not suppressing during an oral glucose tolerance test. His acromegaly was originally considered to be of pituitary origin, based on a CT scan, which was interpreted as showing a pituitary macroadenoma. Despite two trans-sphenoidal surgeries, cranial radiotherapy and periods of treatment with bromocriptine and octreotide, his acromegaly remained active clinically and biochemically. A lung mass was discovered incidentally on a chest X-ray performed as part of a routine pre-assessment for spinal surgery 5 years following the initial presentation. This was confirmed to be a bronchial carcinoid tumour, which was strongly positive for growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) and somatostatin receptor type 2 by immunohistochemistry. The re-examination of the pituitary specimens asserted the diagnosis of pituitary GH hyperplasia. Complete resolution of the patient’s acromegaly was achieved following right lower and middle lobectomy. Seventeen years following the successful resection of the bronchial carcinoid tumour the patient remains under annual endocrine follow-up for monitoring of the hypopituitarism he developed after the original interventions to his pituitary gland, while there has been no evidence of active acromegaly or recurrence of the carcinoid tumour. Ectopic acromegaly is extremely rare, accounting for <1% of all cases of acromegaly. Our case highlights the diagnostic challenges differentiating between ectopic acromegaly and acromegaly of pituitary origin and emphasises the importance of avoiding unnecessary pituitary surgery and radiotherapy. The role of laboratory investigations, imaging and histology as diagnostic tools is discussed. Learning points: Ectopic acromegaly is rare, accounting for less than 1% of all cases of acromegaly. Ectopic acromegaly is almost always due to extra-pituitary GHRH secretion

  15. Can immediate postoperative random growth hormone levels predict long-term cure in patients with acromegaly?

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    Pinaki Dutta

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: Early postoperative GH values may be used to predict long-term cure. A value of ≤1.5 ng/ml at 6 h following surgery may predict long-term cure in two-thirds of the patients with acromegaly who undergo TSS.

  16. A missed diagnosis of acromegaly during a female-to-male gender transition

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    Roerink, S.; Marsman, D.; Bon, A. van; Netea-Maier, R.T.

    2014-01-01

    We present a case of a 46-year-old transgender male who, during his female-to-male transition, presented with a pituitary apoplexy at the emergency department of a general hospital in the Netherlands. During admission, it turned out that he also suffered from acromegaly due to a growth hormone secre

  17. Relationship between plasma growth hormone concentration and cellular sodium transport in acromegaly

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    Herlitz, H.; Jonsson, O.; Bengtsson, B.-Aa. (Departments of Nephrology, Urology and Endocrinology, University of Goeteborg, Goeteborg (Sweden))

    1992-01-01

    We investigated the relationship between mean plasma growth hormone (GH) concentration and cellular sodium transport in untreated and treated acromegaly. Seventeen patients (age 55 [+-] 3 years) with active acromegaly were studied with respect to plasma GH (mean of 24 h GH profile) and erythrocyte electrolyte content as well as transmembrane sodium transport. The patients were reinvestigated two weeks after successful surgery (N = 14) and again after one year (N = 13). Erythrocyte electrolytes were analyzed by flame photometry and sodium influx and efflux rate constant determined by in vitro incubation using a modified Keyne's formula. In patients with active acromegaly there was a significant positive correlation between IGF-1 and cellular sodium transport, while GH tended to show a negative relatonship to the same parameter. After successful treatment, both IGF-1 and GH disclosed a positive relationship to cellular sodium transport. After one year, a significant increase in erythrocyte sodium content was seen in the patients compared to the preoperative situation. In conclusion, if this is a generalized phenomonen the results are compatible with a sodium-retaining effect of GH via stimulation of transmembrane sodium transport. In active acromegaly this may be counteracted by a sodium transport inhibitor giving the reverse relationship between GH and cellular sodium transport. (au).

  18. Value of petrosal sinus sampling: coexisting acromegaly, empty sella and meningioma

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    Yarman, S. [Div. of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition, Istanbul Univ., Istanbul (Turkey); Minareci, Oe. [Dept. of Radiology, Medical Faculty of Istanbul Univ., Istanbul (Turkey)

    2004-12-01

    Simultaneous occurrence of an intracranial meningioma and a growth hormone (GH)-producing pituitary adenoma is exceedingly rare, as is coexistence of an empty sella and acromegaly. We report all these rare entities in the same patient. We evaluated the role of inferior petrosal sinus sampling for lateralisation of an adenoma in this patient. (orig.)

  19. Atrial conduction times and left atrium mechanical functions in patients with active acromegaly.

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    Ilter, A; Kırış, A; Kaplan, Ş; Kutlu, M; Şahin, M; Erem, C; Civan, N; Kangül, F

    2015-03-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate atrial electromechanical delay (EMD), P wave dispersion (Pwd), and left atrial (LA) mechanical functions in patients with active acromegaly. Twenty-three patients with active acromegaly and 27 age- and sex-matched controls were included in this study. All atrial electromechanical interval parameters (PA lateral, PA septum, PA tricuspid, interatrial EMD, intra-LA EMD, and intra-right atrial EMD) were measured from mitral lateral annulus, mitral septal annulus, and right ventricular tricuspid annulus by tissue Doppler imaging. LA volumes were measured by the disk method in the apical four-chamber view and were indexed to the body surface area. Mechanical function parameters of LA were calculated. Pwd was performed by 12-lead electrocardiograms. Atrial electromechanical intervals (PA lateral, PA septum, PA tricuspid, interatrial EMD, intra-LA EMD, and intra-right atrial EMD) and Pwd were similar between patients with acromegaly and control subjects (all p > 0.05). LA volumes (maximum, minimum, and presystolic) and LA mechanical functions were not significantly different between the groups (all p > 0.05). Additionally, serum levels of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 were not correlated with atrial electromechanical parameters and LA mechanical functions. Atrial electrical conduction times were not prolonged and LA mechanical functions were not impaired in patients with active acromegaly compared with controls. And the prevalence of supraventricular arrhythmia risk may not increase in this population.

  20. Spontaneous remission of acromegaly or gigantism due to subclinical apoplexy of pituitary growth hormone adenoma

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    WANG Xian-ling; DOU Jing-tao; L(U) Zhao-hui; ZHONG Wen-wen; BA Jian-ming; JIN Du; LU Ju-ming; PAN Chang-yu; MU Yi-ming

    2011-01-01

    Background Subclinical apoplexy of pituitary functional adenoma can cause spontaneous remission of hormone hypersecretion.The typical presence of pituitary growth hormone (GH) adenoma is gigantism and/or acromegaly.We investigated the clinical characteristics of patients with spontaneous partial remission of acromegaly or gigantism due to subclinical apoplexy of GH adenoma.Methods Six patients with spontaneous remission of acromegaly or gigantism were enrolled.The clinical characteristics,endocrinological evaluation and imageological characteristics were retrospectively analyzed.Results In these cases,the initial clinical presences were diabetes mellitus or hypogonadism.No abrupt headache,vomiting,visual function impairment,or conscious disturbance had ever been complained of.The base levels of GH and insulin growth factor-1 (IGF-1) were normal or higher,but nadir GH levels were all still >1 μg/L in 75 g oral glucose tolerance test.Magnetic resonance imaging detected enlarged sella,partial empty sella and compressed pituitary.The transsphenoidal surgery was performed in 2 cases,and the other patients were conservatively managed.All the patients were in clinical remission.Conclusions When the clinical presences,endocrine evaluation,biochemical examination and imageology indicate spontaneous remission of GH hypersecretion in patients with gigantism or acromegaly,the diagnosis of subclinical apoplexy of pituitary GH adenoma should be presumed.To these patients,conservative therapy may be appropriate.

  1. Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Suppression and Iatrogenic Cushing's Syndrome as a Complication of Epidural Steroid Injections

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    Joyce Leary

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Epidural steroid injections are well accepted as a treatment for radicular back pain in appropriate candidates. While overall incidence of systemic side effects has not been well established, at least five biochemically proven cases of iatrogenic Cushing's Syndrome have been reported as complications of epidural steroid treatment. We present an additional case of iatrogenic Cushing's Syndrome and adrenal suppression in a middle-aged woman who received three epidural steroid injections over a four-month period. We review this case in the context of previous cases and discuss diagnostic and management issues.

  2. William S. Halsted and Harvey W. Cushing: reflections on their complex association.

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    Voorhees, Jennifer R; Tubbs, R Shane; Nahed, Brian; Cohen-Gadol, Aaron A

    2009-02-01

    William Stewart Halsted, the father of modern surgery, and Harvey Williams Cushing, the father of neurosurgery, are remembered for their countless innovations and contributions to the discipline of surgery. Between 1896 and 1912, they worked together at Johns Hopkins Hospital making many of their respective achievements possible. In the later years, their complex relationship, somewhat strained during Cushing's residency, grew into a mutual respect and deep appreciation for one another. In this offering, the authors attempt to elucidate the evolution of this complex relationship.

  3. Harvey Cushing and pituitary Case Number 3 (Mary D.): the origin of this most baffling problem in neurosurgery.

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    Pascual, José María; Prieto, Ruth

    2016-07-01

    From the very beginning of his career, Harvey Williams Cushing (1869-1939) harbored a deep interest in a complex group of neoplasms that usually developed at the infundibulum. These were initially known as "interpeduncular" or "suprasellar" cysts. Cushing introduced the term "craniopharyngioma" for these lesions, which he believed represented one of the most baffling problems faced by neurosurgeons. The patient who most influenced Cushing's thinking was a 16-year-old seamstress named "Mary D.," whom he attended in December 1901, exactly the same month that Alfred Fröhlich published his seminal article describing an adiposogenital syndrome in a young boy with a pituitary cyst. Both Cushing's and Fröhlich's patients showed similar symptoms caused by the same type of tumor. Notably, Cushing and Fröhlich had met one another and became good friends in Liverpool the summer before these events took place. Their fortunate relationship led Cushing to realize that Fröhlich's syndrome represented a state of hypopituitarism and provided a useful method of diagnosing interpeduncular cysts. It is noteworthy that Cushing's very first neurosurgical procedure on a pituitary tumor was performed in the case of Mary D.'s "interpeduncular cyst," on February 21, 1902. Cushing failed to remove this lesion, which was later found during the patient's autopsy. This case was documented as Pituitary Case Number 3 in Cushing's masterpiece, The Pituitary Body and Its Disorders, published in 1912. This tumor was considered "a teratoma"; however, multiple sources of evidence suggest that this lesion actually corresponded to an adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma. Unfortunately, the pathological specimens of this lesion were misplaced, and this prompted Cushing's decision to retain all specimens and documents of the cases he would operate on throughout his career. Accordingly, Mary D.'s case crystallized the genesis of the Cushing Brain Tumor Registry, one of Cushing's major legacies to

  4. Bone mineral density and circulating cytokines in patients with acromegaly.

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    Longobardi, S; Di Somma, C; Di Rella, F; Angelillo, N; Ferone, D; Colao, A; Merola, B; Lombardi, G

    1998-11-01

    Acromegalic patients present an increase of osteoblastic and osteoclastic activity, showing a different effect on the axial and appendicular skeletal structures. At this regard controversial data about bone mineral density (BMD) have been published in literature. In fact an increase of BMD levels in femoral neck and Ward's triangle without any difference in lumbar spine has been described. On the other hand normal BMD levels at forearm and reduced BMD levels at lumbar spine were found. These patients seem to have a reduction of trabecular BMD similar to postmenopausal osteoporotic patients despite normal or slightly elevated cortical BMD. Recently, it has been described that cytokines, in particular tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin-1 (IL-1), are implicated in the pathogenetic mechanism of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Taking into account that growth hormone (GH) can increase TNF-alpha and IL-1 secretion by mononuclear blood cells, the evaluation of possible relationship between the reduced BMD at lumbar spine and circulating cytokines levels was carried out in acromegalic patients. In addition we evaluated the effect of acute octreotide administration on serum TNF-alpha and IL-I concentrations. Eleven patients with active acromegaly and eleven healthy age-, sex-, weight- and heightmatched subjects were enrolled in this study. BMD was significantly reduced at lumbar spine (0.80 +/- 0.29 g/cm2 vs 1.02 +/- 0.11 g/cm2; p affect bone turnover inducing an increase of cytokines acting by a paracrine/autocrine mechanism cannot be ruled out.

  5. Lanreotide autogel(®): a review of its use in the treatment of patients with acromegaly.

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    Burness, Celeste B; Dhillon, Sohita; Keam, Susan J

    2014-09-01

    Lanreotide Autogel(®) (ATG) [Somatuline(®) Autogel(®), Somatuline(®) Depot(®)] is a prolonged-release, supersaturated aqueous gel formulation of the somatostatin analogue lanreotide acetate that acts via somatostatin receptors to reduce both growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-I levels. It is indicated for the treatment of patients with acromegaly who have had an inadequate response to or cannot be treated with surgery and/or radiotherapy. This article reviews the clinical efficacy and tolerability of lanreotide ATG in the treatment of acromegaly, as well as summarizing its pharmacological properties. Results of clinical trials and extension studies of up to 4 years duration showed that deep subcutaneous lanreotide ATG was a generally effective treatment in treatment-naive and treatment-experienced adults with acromegaly. Lanreotide ATG provided hormonal control and improved both health-related quality of life and acromegaly symptoms in most patients; it also reduced tumour volume to a clinically significant extent in studies of primary therapy. Moreover, lanreotide ATG was generally no less effective than intramuscular lanreotide long-acting microparticles and was as effective as intramuscular octreotide long-acting release in switching or crossover studies, including those with standard or extended dosing intervals. Lanreotide ATG is generally well tolerated; the most frequently reported adverse events were mild or moderate transient gastrointestinal symptoms. Lanreotide ATG also has the advantage of being available in a convenient pre-filled syringe and is given subcutaneously rather than intramuscularly. Thus, lanreotide ATG continues to be a valuable option in the treatment of acromegaly, with potential advantages being ease of administration and longer dosing intervals in patients who have an adequate response to initial therapy.

  6. Clinical features of 131 patients with Cushing syndrome%131例库欣综合征患者的临床特征分析

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    周兴建; 杨国庆; 徐焱成; 李芳; 龚宇; 巴建明; 窦京涛; 母义明

    2013-01-01

    131例(男性33例,女性98例)库欣综合征患者中,库欣病53例,肾上腺腺瘤49例,大结节增生12例,异位ACTH综合征16例,肾上腺皮质腺癌1例.不同类型的库欣综合征患者在发病年龄、病程、8:00和0:00血皮质醇水平、24 h尿游离皮质醇水平、空腹血糖、HbA1C、大剂量和小剂量地塞米松抑制后8:00皮质醇水平等指标有统计学差异(均P<0.05).16例异位ACTH综合征患者来源于肺部5例,胰腺3例,胸腺2例,肝脏2例;来源不明4例.131例库欣综合征患者中,合并糖尿病60例,糖耐量受损22例,血糖正常49例.库欣综合征患者女性发病高于男性;不同类型的库欣综合征患者,主要临床表现及生化指标具有差异;糖代谢异常是库欣综合患者的常见临床表现.%One hundred and thirty-one patients with Cushing syndrome (33 males and 98 females) were enrolled,including 53 cases of Cushing's disease,49 cases of adrenal adenoma,12 cases of big nodular hyperplasia,16 cases with ectopic ACTH syndrome,and 1 case with adrenal cortical carcinoma.The age of onset,duration,8:00 and 0:00 plasma cortisol levels,24 h urinary free cortisol levels,fasting plasma glucose,HbA1C,8:00 cortisol level after high-and low-dose dexamethasone suppression test were significantly different among different types of Cushing syndrome (all P<0.05).The primary lesion in 16 cases of ectopic ACTH syndrome were found in lung (n =5),pancreas (n =3),thymus (n =2),liver (n =2),and unknown origin (n =4).There were 60 cases combined with diabetes(45.8%),22 cases with impaired glucose tolerance (16.8%),and 49 cases with normaglycemia (37.4%) in these 131 patients.The probability of Cushing syndrome in female was higher than that in man.There were significantly different for the clinical manifestations and biochemical parameters among different types of Cushing syndrome.Abnormal glucose metabolism is the common clinical manifestations of patients with Cushing syndrome.

  7. Valve-sparing aortic root replacement and aortic valve repair in a patient with acromegaly and aortic root dilatation

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    Karel Van Praet

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Aortic regurgitation and dilatation of the aortic root and ascending aorta are severe complications of acromegaly. The current trend for management of an aortic root aneurysm is valve-sparing root replacement as well as restoring the diameter of the aortic sinotubular junction (STJ and annulus. Our case report supports the recommendation that in patients with acromegaly, severe aortic root involvement may indicate the need for surgery.

  8. 促肾上腺皮质激素依赖性库欣综合征的诊断与治疗策略%The strategy for diagnosis and management of ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome

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    陆召麟

    2010-01-01

    Majority of the patients (about 80% ) with Cushing's syndrome are ACTH-dependent,which including pituitary-dependent Cushing's syndrome and ectopic ACTH syndrome. The diagnosis and treatment of this disease is rather complicated and difficult. A lot of progresses in this field have been made within the recent decades, though there are still many problems. Here introduces and evaluates the methods which are used widely for diagnosis, differential diagnosis and treatment. The strategy of the choice making are discussed. Brief introduction for guideline on the diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome and for the consensus of ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome which was published in 2008 is also be made.%促肾上腺皮质激素(ACTH)依赖性库欣综合征占库欣综合征病例总数的80%,主要包括垂体性库欣综合征和异位ACTH综合征.ACTH依赖性库欣综合征的诊断和治疗比较复杂,也比较困难.近年来,本病的诊断和治疗有很大的进步,但还存在不少问题.现对目前广泛应用于ACTH依赖性库欣综合征的各种诊断、鉴别诊断及治疗方法进行介绍和评价,并讨论治疗方法的选择以及治疗效果的评估.还对国际内分泌学会于2008年发表的关于库欣综合征的诊断指南及欧洲神经内分泌学会和垂体学会关于ACTH依赖性库欣综合征治疗的共识作简要介绍.

  9. Etiology and clinical profile of patients with Cushing's syndrome: A single center experience

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    Ammini, Ariacherry C.; Tandon, Nikhil; Gupta, Nandita; Bhalla, Ashu Seith; Devasenaspathy, Kandaswamy; Kumar, Guresh; Sahoo, Jaiprakash P.; Chittawar, Sachin; Philip, Jim; Baruah, Manas P.; Dwarakanath, C. S.; Tripathi, Sudhir

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    Background: There is little published literature on the profile of patients with Cushing's syndrome (CS) from India. The aim of this study was to compile data of CS patients treated at this hospital. Materials and Methods: Patients referred to the endocrine services of this hospital for diagnosis/treatment of CS from January 1985 to July 2012 were the subjects for this study. All patients had detailed medical history, physical examination and biochemical and hormonal assays (which changed with availability of tests and changing views). Assays for plasma adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) (late 90s), salivary cortisol estimation, IJV sampling for ACTH and corticotrophin releasing hormone stimulation tests were added on later. Imaging included computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (since the late 80's) and 68Ga DOTA-TOC/FDG PET-CT (2008). Results: Three hundred sixty-four patients (250 females, 114 males, age 6 months to 65 years, mean 28 years + 12 years) were diagnosed to have CS during this period. Two hundred and ninety-three patients (80.5%) were ACTH dependent (CD 215, ectopic ACTH syndrome 22, occult ACTH source 56) while 71 (19.5%) were ACTH independent (adrenal carcinoma 36, adenoma 30, primary pigmented nodular adrenal disease 4, AIMAH 1). Pituitary macro adenoma was seen in 14% of the CD cases. The most common presenting complaints were hypertension and diabetes mellitus. A total of 63% patients complained of weight gain while 15% had lost weight. Myopathy, infections, skeletal fractures and psychiatric problems were the other common observations in our patients. Conclusion: The clinical spectrum was broad. CD was the most common cause for CS. PMID:24701438

  10. Localization of sensorimotor cortex: the influence of Sherrington and Cushing on the modern concept.

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    Uematsu, S; Lesser, R P; Gordon, B

    1992-06-01

    According to Penfield, the work of Charles Sherrington's laboratory forced a change from the long-held concept of a broad, overlapping sensorimotor cortex to the concept of a narrow, discrete pre-Rolandic motor cortex separate from the post-Rolandic sensory strip. Harvey Cushing, one of the founders of modern neurosurgery, coined the term narrow motor strip. Cushing also appears to have been the first to color the precentral gyrus in a mosaic pattern and to use red coloring for the motor cortex and blue for the sensory cortex. Cushing's red and blue color coding is still used in textbooks, nearly 100 years later. In this article, we review the historical evolution of and the evidence for the concept of narrow and discrete motor and sensory strips anterior and posterior to the Rolandic cortex. A review of the historical development of the concept and recent physiological studies reaffirms the proposition that the motor and sensory areas are much broader and more complex than they were thought to be in the classic teaching that originated with Sherrington and Cushing.

  11. Do patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus have an increased prevalence of Cushing's syndrome?

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    Krarup, Therese; Krarup, Thure; Hagen, Claus

    2012-01-01

    Many clinical features are common for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and Cushing's syndrome (CS) such as central obesity, hypertension and dyslipidaemia. Patients with CS often have T2DM. Because T2DM is much more frequent than CS, it is possible that some patients with T2DM have...... appearance and hypertension or truncal obesity or dyslipidaemia....

  12. The correspondence and collaboration of Harvey Cushing and Irvine Page: Lessons from the Cleveland Clinic Archives

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Harvey Cushing is well-known as a pioneer of brain surgery and is considered the father of modern neurosurgery. However, Cushing′s interests and contributions extend beyond neurosurgery. Through his determined interdisciplinary collaboration in medicine and biomedical research, Cushing was able to contribute to numerous fields including bacteriology, anesthesiology, and endocrinology. With regards to the latter, Cushing corresponds with Irvine Page, well-known for isolating serotonin, discovering the renin-angiotensin system, and postulating of the mosaic theory of hypertension. In a correspondence spanning 3 years, from January 1933 to April 1936, Cushing and Page collaborated to discover a substance responsible for hypertension. In this historical article, the authors review the letters to highlight the collaborative efforts between leaders in disparate fields driven by the scientific curiosity. As national research agencies are focusing their funds toward collaborative and interdisciplinary research, it is interesting to note the historical communication among the scientific leaders that led to discoveries in the respective fields.

  13. Clinical features and therapeutic outcomes of acromegaly during the recent 10 years in a single institution in Japan.

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    Fukuda, Izumi; Hizuka, Naomi; Muraoka, Toko; Kurimoto, Makiko; Yamakado, Yu; Takano, Kazue; Ichihara, Atsuhiro

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    Untreated acromegaly is associated with a twofold to fourfold increased mortality risk compared to the population. Recently, new therapeutic modalities have been developed and may contribute to an improvement in treatment outcomes in patients with acromegaly. In the current study we determined the clinical features and recent therapeutic outcomes in patients with acromegaly. The initial symptoms, selected therapeutic modalities, and outcomes in 125 patients with acromegaly (M/F, 49/76, 19-86 years) who were admitted to our institution between 2001 and 2010 were analyzed using medical charts. The basal GH levels and IGF-I SD scores in the patients ranged from 0.17 to 90.21 μg/L and 1.9-13.6, respectively. Acral enlargement (face, hands, and feet) without overt complications was essential to the diagnosis in 49 % of the patients. In these cases, it required 5 years to establish the diagnosis of acromegaly after symptom onset. Twenty (16 %) and 13 (10 %) patients had diabetes mellitus and hypertension 6 years prior to the diagnosis of acromegaly, respectively. In 35 patients with microadenomas, the rate of controlled cases following transsphenoidal surgery was 93 %. In 90 patients with macroadenomas, the remission rate was 79 % with multidisciplinary treatment. In cases in which the tumor extended beyond the lateral tangent of the internal carotid artery (Knosp grade ≥3), the remission rate was 33-56 %. Improvements in surgical techniques and medical therapies may contribute to increased rates of controlled cases in patients with acromegaly, although advanced lateral extension of the tumor remains a critical determinant of the therapeutic outcome.

  14. Morphological and Histopathological Changes in Orofacial Structures of Experimentally Developed Acromegaly-Like Rats: An Overview

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    Masahiro Iikubo

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Tongue enlargement and mandibular prognathism are clinically recognized in almost all patients with acromegaly. An acromegaly-like rat model recently developed by exogenous administration of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I was used to investigate morphological and histopathological changes in orofacial structures and to clarify whether these changes were reversible. Exogenous administration of IGF-I evoked specific enlargement of the tongue with identifiable histopathological changes (increased muscle bundle width, increased space between muscle bundles, and increased epithelial thickness, elongation of the mandibular alveolar bone and ascending ramus, and lateral expansion of the mandibular dental arch. Regarding histopathological changes in the mandibular condyle, the cartilaginous layer width, bone matrix ratio, and number of osteoblasts were all significantly greater in this rat model. After normalization of the circulating IGF-I level, tongue enlargement and histopathological changes in the tongue and mandibular condyle were reversible, whereas morphological skeletal changes in the mandible remained.

  15. Morphological and histopathological changes in orofacial structures of experimentally developed acromegaly-like rats: an overview.

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    Iikubo, Masahiro; Kojima, Ikuho; Sakamoto, Maya; Kobayashi, Akane; Ikeda, Hidetoshi; Sasano, Takashi

    2012-01-01

    Tongue enlargement and mandibular prognathism are clinically recognized in almost all patients with acromegaly. An acromegaly-like rat model recently developed by exogenous administration of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) was used to investigate morphological and histopathological changes in orofacial structures and to clarify whether these changes were reversible. Exogenous administration of IGF-I evoked specific enlargement of the tongue with identifiable histopathological changes (increased muscle bundle width, increased space between muscle bundles, and increased epithelial thickness), elongation of the mandibular alveolar bone and ascending ramus, and lateral expansion of the mandibular dental arch. Regarding histopathological changes in the mandibular condyle, the cartilaginous layer width, bone matrix ratio, and number of osteoblasts were all significantly greater in this rat model. After normalization of the circulating IGF-I level, tongue enlargement and histopathological changes in the tongue and mandibular condyle were reversible, whereas morphological skeletal changes in the mandible remained.

  16. Pharmacological activation of the GABAergic system does not affect GH and PRL release in acromegaly.

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    Orio, F; Iovino, M; Monteleone, P; Agrusta, M; Steardo, L; Lombardi, G

    1988-11-01

    An extensive hypothalamic neurotransmitter impairment has been proposed in acromegaly. However, at the moment, the hypothalamic GABAergic system has been little investigated in this disorder. Since GABA has been shown to modulate growth hormone (GH) and prolactin (PRL) secretion in human subjects, it seemed reasonable to investigate hypothalamic GABAergic functioning through the assessment of basal GH and PRL responses to pharmacological activation of this system. 800 mg of sodium valproate (SV), a drug with GABA facilitating properties, were administered orally to 7 acromegalic patients and 9 healthy volunteers. Blood samples were collected before and after the drug administration for the measurement of plasma GH and PRL levels. SV induced a clear-cut rise in basal GH and a decrease in basal PRL in healthy subjects, but it did not induce any change in the basal levels of these hormones in acromegalics. These results suggest that the response of GH and PRL to SV in acromegaly is qualitatively different from normal controls.

  17. Surgery and Radiosurgery for Acromegaly: A Review of Indications, Operative Techniques, Outcomes, and Complications

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    Yvette Marquez

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Among multimodality treatments for acromegaly, the goals of surgical intervention are to balance maximal tumor resection while preserving normal pituitary function and maintaining patient safety. The resection of growth hormone-(GH- secreting pituitary adenomas in the hands of experienced surgeons results in hormonal remission in 50–70% of patients. Acromegalic patients often have medical comorbidities and anatomical variations complicating anesthesia and surgical management. Despite these challenges, complications such as CSF leak or new hypopituitarism following surgery remain uncommon. Over the past decade, endoscopic approaches to pituitary tumors have improved visualization and facilitated identification of additional tumor using angled telescopes. Patients with persistent acromegaly following surgery require continued medical and/or radiation-based interventions. The adjunctive use of stereotactic radiosurgery offers hormonal remission in 40–50% of patients. In this article, the current preoperative evaluation, indications for surgery, surgical approaches, role of radiosurgery, complications, and remission criteria following operative resection of GH adenomas are reviewed.

  18. Efficiency and safety of OctreotidLong FS therapy in acromegaly patients

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    A V Dreval’

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Aim of this study was to investigate efficiency and safety of OctreotidLong FS in patients with acromegaly. Materials and methods. 41 patients with acromegaly (8 – de novo and 33 patients after different somato statin analogs treatment was treated OctreotidLong FS one injection in 28 days. Growth hormone (GH, Insulin like Growth Factor 1 (IFG1, fasting glucose (FG and HbA1c were assess after 3, 6 and 12 month of therapy. Results. We found out the decreasing of GH and IGF1 from 12,8 (8,0–82,7 mU/ml to 3,8 (1,6–13,8 mU/ml ( p < 0,05 and %IGF1 increasing (% IGF1 from 231 (150–286% to 9,5 (−26–111% ( p < 0,05 in 8 de novo acromegalic patients. We also revealed that IGF1 didn’t change and GH decreased after 3 month (33 patients, 6 month (22 patients and 12 month (8 patients of OctreotidLong FS treatment. We didn’t observed negative effect of OctreotidLong FS treatment to carbohydrate metabolism in patients with acromegaly. Conclusion. The therapy of OctreotidLong FS leads to induce successful control of GH and IGFI in 50% de novo patients and didn’t change the number of patients with control of acromegaly after another somato statin analogs treatment. Carbohydrate metabolism also didn’t change after OctreotidLong FS treatment.

  19. Communication practices and awareness of resources for acromegaly patients among endocrinologists

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    Polanco-Briceno, Susan; Glass, Daniel; Plunkett, Cindy

    2016-01-01

    Purpose This study was designed to assess the awareness and utilization of resources to improve patients’ treatment experiences among endocrinologists who currently treat patients with acromegaly. Methods A total of 4,280 US endocrinologists were randomly selected from the CMS National Plan and Provider Enumeration System and were invited by mail to participate in a 20-minute online survey. In order to qualify, respondents had to be the primary physician making treatment decisions for at least one patient for their acromegaly. Results Results are based on responses from 126 physicians from primarily urban and suburban practices, with a median of five acromegaly patients. A total of 70% of patients are currently receiving drug therapy; among these, 91% are on octreotide (51%), lanreotide (29%), or pasireotide (11%), alone or in combination with another therapy. Nearly half of the respondents thought that the impact of patient adherence on therapy outcome for acromegaly was either not very (40%) or not at all (7%) significant. Respondents who believe patient adherence significantly impacts treatment outcome were significantly more likely to discuss automated adherence reminders (50% vs 26%; P=0.015), mobile administration programs (57% vs 35%; P=0.029), and symptom tracking (72% vs 42%; P=0.002). Overall, 44% of respondents routinely recommend education/emotional support programs, and 25% routinely recommend financial assistance programs. Respondents who believe patient adherence significantly impacts treatment outcome generally were more familiar with individual education and emotional support programs compared to those who do not, although they were not more likely to routinely refer patients to any of these resources. Conclusion There are unmet needs with respect to increasing awareness among physicians of the importance of patient adherence to therapy, resources available to patients, and how collaboration among patients, nurses, and physicians can improve

  20. Molecular biological examination of somatotroph pituitary adenomas related to clinical data from patients with acromegaly

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    Definition and epidemiology The first historical description of acromegaly could be the story of David and Goliath described both in The Old Testament and in the Koran. Goliath was a giant, but David defeated him by sneaking up on him, maybe in his visual field defect, and hitting him with a stone in the forehead using a sling. The connection between gigantism and the pituitary, hence with the possibility of visual disturbances, was not recognized until 1884, published in a book by Fritzsc...