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Pituitary insufficiency

Thomas Gilliland, Sylvie Dufour, Gerald I Shulman, Kitt Falk Petersen, Sukru H Emre
NAFLD is a common condition linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Simple hepatic steatosis is a risk factor for inflammatory reactions in the liver (NASH), which may lead to cirrhosis. While the mechanism is unclear, NAFLD and NASH are associated with panhypopituitarism, which in the pediatric population often results from craniopharyngioma or pituitary adenoma and the sequelae of treatment, causing hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, and GH deficiency...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Raphaela Mayerhofer, Esther E Fröhlich, Florian Reichmann, Aitak Farzi, Nora Kogelnik, Eleonore Fröhlich, Wolfgang Sattler, Peter Holzer
Microbial metabolites are known to affect immune system, brain, and behavior via activation of pattern recognition receptors such as Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4). Unlike the effect of the TLR4 agonist lipopolysaccharide (LPS), the role of other TLR agonists in immune-brain communication is insufficiently understood. We therefore hypothesized that the TLR2 agonist lipoteichoic acid (LTA) causes immune activation in the periphery and brain, stimulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and has an adverse effect on blood-brain barrier (BBB) and emotional behavior...
October 14, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Sophie E Walker, Aurélie Papilloud, Damien Huzard, Carmen Sandi
Aggressive behavior is not uniform, including proactive and reactive forms of aggression. Aberrant functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is frequently associated with abnormal aggression. Here, we review the rodent literature in order to assess whether developmental abnormalities in the HPA axis can be causally linked with the emergence of abnormal aggression. We examine studies that involve genetic models and life challenges (e.g., early life stress, drug exposure) that course with developmental alterations in the HPA axis...
October 14, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
S Noe, A von Werder, R Iakoubov, H Schneider, M Thaler, P Luppa, B Neu
Purpose: To investigate the kinetics of adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) following oral metyrapone administration and describe differences between ACTH-deficient and non-ACTH-deficient subjects. Methods: Patients from a tertiary endocrine center at a University Hospital in Munich, Germany, were tested for secondary adrenal insufficiency in a regular patient care setting. Metyrapone (Metopirone, HRA Pharma, France) was administered with a dosage of 40 mg/kg bodyweight at 8 a.m. Consecutive levels of ACTH were determined at 0, 60, 120, 180, and 240 min...
October 17, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
L Guillod, S Habersaat, M Suter, T Jeanneret, C Bertoni, P Stéphan, S Urben
BACKGROUND: Adolescence is a stressful period where important biological, psychological and social changes occur. Adolescents are particularly vulnerable during this developmental period and can use various strategies to deal with daily stress, such as substance use or externalizing behaviors. In previous studies, stress in adolescents with externalizing behaviors was often linked to ineffective cognitive coping strategies (i.e., constructive thinking) and overlooking the biological aspects involved in stress management such as neuroendocrine regulation...
October 10, 2016: L'Encéphale
Daniel S Olsson, Ing-Liss Bryngelsson, Oskar Ragnarsson
PURPOSE: Patients with non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFPA), especially women, have increased mortality. The aim of this study was to investigate whether mortality in NFPA patients has changed during the last two decades. METHODS: This was a nationwide population-based study including 2795 patients (1502 men, 1293 women) diagnosed with NFPA between 1997 and 2011. Patients were identified and followed in Swedish National Health Registries. Standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) with 95 % confidence intervals were calculated for three time periods at first NFPA diagnosis using the general population as reference...
October 14, 2016: Pituitary
Khalid S Aljabri, Samia A Bokhari, Faisal Y Assiri, Muneera A Alshareef, Patan M Khan
BACKGROUND: Data on pituitary adenoma (PA) prevalence in Saudi Arabia are scarce. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the epidemiology of PA in a well-defined population. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. SETTING: Departments of Endocrinology and Radiology at King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Radiological and hormonal data of patients with pituitary adenoma by MRI were reviewed for the period January 2008 to December 2015...
September 2016: Annals of Saudi Medicine
Michaela Dušková, Lucie Kolátorová Sosvorová, Martin Hill, Kateřina Šimůnková, Hana Jandíková, Hana Pospíšilová, Monika Šrámková, Mikuláš Kosák, Michal Kršek, Václav Hána, Luboslav Stárka
Studies on the time course of ACTH- or insulin-induced hypoglycemia stimulating adrenal androgens are usually limited to dehydroepiandrosterone and/or its sulphate. Our data on dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and its hydroxylated metabolites clearly show that measurements of DHEA and its sulphate (DHEAS) are valuable markers of the integrity of the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) axis. Assessments of HPA function should rely on measurements of baseline and/or stimulated serum cortisol concentrations, and C19 Δ5-steroids may provide additional information...
2016: Prague Medical Report
Mateo Ziu, Ian F Dunn, Christopher Hess, Maria Fleseriu, Mary E Bodach, Luis M Tumialan, Nelson M Oyesiku, Kunal S Patel, Renzhi Wang, Bob S Carter, James Y Chen, Clark C Chen, Chirag G Patil, Zachary Litvack, Gabriel Zada, Manish K Aghi
BACKGROUND: Nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs) are the most frequent pituitary tumors. Due to the lack of hormonal hypersecretion, posttreatment follow-up evaluation of NFPAs is challenging. OBJECTIVE: To create evidence-based guidelines in an attempt to formulate guidance for posttreatment follow-up in a consistent, rigorous, and cost-effective way. METHODS: An extensive literature search was performed. Only clinical articles describing postoperative follow-up of adult patients with NFPAs were included...
October 2016: Neurosurgery
John S Kuo, Garni Barkhoudarian, Christopher J Farrell, Mary E Bodach, Luis M Tumialan, Nelson M Oyesiku, Zachary Litvack, Gabriel Zada, Chirag G Patil, Manish K Aghi
BACKGROUND: Numerous technological adjuncts are used during transsphenoidal surgery for nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs), including endoscopy, neuronavigation, intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) diversion, and dural closure techniques. OBJECTIVE: To generate evidence-based guidelines for the use of NFPA surgical techniques and technologies. METHODS: An extensive literature search spanning January 1, 1966, to October 1, 2014, was performed, and only articles pertaining to technological adjuncts for NFPA resection were included...
October 2016: Neurosurgery
Maria Fleseriu, Mary E Bodach, Luis M Tumialan, Vivien Bonert, Nelson M Oyesiku, Chirag G Patil, Zachary Litvack, Manish K Aghi, Gabriel Zada
BACKGROUND: Nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs) are among the most common pituitary lesions and may present with hypopituitarism and/or hyperprolactinemia. OBJECTIVE: To review the existing literature as it pertains to preoperative endocrine assessment in the workup for NFPAs. METHODS: A systematic review methodology was utilized to identify and screen articles assessing the role and results of preoperative laboratory assessment in patients with NFPAs...
October 2016: Neurosurgery
Clark C Chen, Bob S Carter, Renzhi Wang, Kunal S Patel, Christopher Hess, Mary E Bodach, Luis M Tumialan, Nelson M Oyesiku, Chirag G Patil, Zachary Litvack, Gabriel Zada, Manish K Aghi
BACKGROUND: The authors reviewed published articles pertaining to the preoperative imaging evaluation of nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs) and formulated recommendations. OBJECTIVE: To provide an exhaustive review of published articles pertaining to the preoperative imaging evaluation of nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas. METHODS: The MEDLINE database was queried for studies investigating imaging for the preoperative evaluation of pituitary adenomas...
October 2016: Neurosurgery
Jeffrey Wagner, Cara M Fleseriu, Aly Ibrahim, Justin S Cetas
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) in patients with Cushing disease (CD), after treatment, is rarely described, in adults. The cause is believed to be multifactorial, potentially related to a relative decrease in cortisol after surgical resection or medical treatment of a corticotroph pituitary adenoma. We investigate our center's CD database (140 surgically and 60 medically [primary or adjunct] treated patients) for cases of IIH, describe our center's experience with symptomatic IIH, and review treatment strategies in adults with CD after transsphenoidal resection...
September 12, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Paul M Stewart, Beverly Mk Biller, Claudio Marelli, Candace Gunnarsson, Michael P Ryan, Gudmundur Johannsson
CONTEXT: Patients with adrenal insufficiency (AI) (primary [PAI], secondary to pituitary disease [PIT] and congenital adrenal hyperplasia [CAH]) have reduced life expectancy; however, the underlying explanation remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate characteristics, comorbidities and hospitalizations in AI patients. DESIGN: Retrospective Observational Setting and Population: Using a US-based national payer database comprising >108 million members, strict inclusion criteria including diagnostic codes and steroid prescription records were used to identify 10,383 adults with AI; 1,014 with PAI, 8,818 with PIT and 551 with CAH...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Greet Van den Berghe
Typical for critical illnesses are substantial alterations within the hypothalamic-anterior-pituitary-peripheral-hormonal axes that are proportionate to the risk of poor outcome. These neuroendocrine responses to critical illness follow a biphasic pattern. The acute phase (first hours to days) is characterized by an increased release of anterior pituitary hormones while altered target-organ sensitivity and hormone metabolism result in low levels of the anabolic peripheral effector hormones and contribute to the substantailly elevated levels of the catabolic hormone cortisol...
September 9, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Pak Cheung Ng
Preterm, very low birthweight (VLBW) infants are prone to life-threatening hypotension secondary to hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis immaturity, resulting in adrenocortical insufficiency. Clinical presentations of inotrope-resistant refractory hypotension are usually evident, but interpretation of serum cortisol may pose much difficulty to front-line neonatologists. This review examines the salient pathophysiology of adrenocortical insufficiency in the immediate postnatal period, characterises its endocrinological abnormalities, and describes the typical and variant clinical presentations...
September 6, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Alina Livshits, Jelena Kravarusic, Ellie Chuang, Mark E Molitch
PURPOSE: The objective of this case report is to demonstrate that the simple expedient of measuring periodic prolactin levels in patients with MEN1 who have modest hyperprolactinemia and normal pituitary MRI scans is insufficient to monitor for the development of pituitary adenomas. METHODS: Review of relevant literature and chart review. RESULTS: A 25 year old man with known MEN1 manifested by hyperparathyroidism and a gastrin-producing neuroendocrine tumor was found to have a prolactin [PRL] level of 20...
September 6, 2016: Pituitary
Faruk Hadziselimovic, Katharina Gegenschatz-Schmid, Gilvydas Verkauskas, Maria J Docampo-Garcia, Philippe Demougin, Vytautas Bilius, Dalius Malcius, Darius Dasevicius, Michael B Stadtler
The whole genome RNA profiling of testicular biopsies by DNA strand-specific RNA sequencing was examined to determine a potential causative role of isolated congenital cryptorchidism in azoospermia and/or infertility in the context of our previously published GeneChip data. Cryptorchid patients, aged 7 months to 5 years and otherwise healthy, were enrolled in this prospective study. During surgery, testicular tissue biopsies were obtained for histological examination and RNA sequencing. Fifteen patients were selected based on the histological results and were divided into 2 groups...
2016: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
Kosuke Mukai, Tetsuhiro Kitamura, Daisuke Tamada, Masahiko Murata, Michio Otsuki, Iichiro Shimomura
Non-functioning pituitary adenoma (NFPA) is often associated with hypopituitarism. Diagnosis of hypopituitarism is important because of its poor prognosis and low quality of life. Among hypopituitarism, it is difficult to diagnose secondary adrenocortical insufficiency and GH deficiency without hormone stimulation test. Therefore, the aim of our study was to identify patients with NFPA who require more careful endocrinological examination. We examined the relationship between NFPA size and the prevalence of each hypopituitarism or the response of each anterior pituitary hormone by insulin tolerance test, LHRH test and TRH test...
August 18, 2016: Endocrine Journal
Pejman Cohan
Context. Transient secondary adrenal insufficiency (SAI) is an expected complication following successful adenomectomy of ACTH-secreting pituitary adenomas or unilateral adrenalectomy for cortisol-secreting adrenal adenomas. To date, no pharmacological therapy has been shown to hasten recovery of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in this clinical scenario. Case Description. A 33-year-old woman underwent uncomplicated unilateral adrenalectomy for a 3.7 cm cortisol-secreting adrenal adenoma. Postoperatively, she developed SAI and was placed on hydrocortisone 15 mg/day, given in divided doses...
2016: Case Reports in Endocrinology
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