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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792169/use-of-synthetic-adrenocorticotropic-hormone-in-patients-with-iga-nephropathy
#1
Bhanu Prasad, Shelley Giebel, Michelle C E McCarron, Nelson Leung
BACKGROUND: Synthetic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) has been demonstrated to be effective in patients with membranous nephropathy, minimal change disease and some histological subtypes of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Its clinical impact in patients with IgA nephropathy is currently unclear. CASE PRESENTATION: In this report, we describe the clinical use of ACTH in patients with IgA nephropathy. Three female patients (24-44 years) with overt proteinuria received intramuscular (IM) ACTH for varying time periods (8-14 months)...
May 23, 2018: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791178/-rare-combination-of-turner-syndrome-and-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-with-21-hydroxylase-deficiency-case-report
#2
Ivana Ságová, Matej Stančík, Dušan Pavai, Daniela Kantárová, Anton Vaňuga, Peter Vaňuga
Combination of Turner syndrome (TS) and classic congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is rare. Globally, the incidence of CAH, autosomal recessive disorder caused by enzyme defect of steroidogenic pathway, is very low (1 : 10 000-16 000). 90 % of CAH cases are caused by 21-hydroxylase gene mutation (CYP21A2). Globally, the incidencie of Turner syndrome reaches 1 : 2 500. Phenotypically, females with TS may render wide spectrum of clinical features. Dominant symptoms are lowered terminal height and gonadal dysgenesia, ultimately leading to absence of puberty and infertility...
2018: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789996/prevalence-and-treatment-of-central-hypogonadism-and-hypoandrogenism-in-women-with-hypopituitarism
#3
Catharina Olivius, Kerstin Landin-Wilhelmsen, Daniel S Olsson, Gudmundur Johannsson, Åsa Tivesten
PURPOSE: Women with hypopituitarism have increased morbidity and mortality, and hypogonadism has been suggested to be a contributing mechanism. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of central hypogonadism and hypoandrogenism in women with hypopituitarism at a single Swedish center. METHODS: All consecutive women (n = 184) who commenced growth hormone (GH) replacement therapy at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg between 1995 and 2015 were included...
May 22, 2018: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787923/epileptic-spasms-evidence-for-oral-corticosteroids-and-implications-for-low-and-middle-income-countries
#4
REVIEW
Sharika V Raga, Jo M Wilmshurst
Implementation of international guidelines for the treatment of epileptic spasms, is challenging when access to adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) and vigabatrin is restricted, especially in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). Oral corticosteroids are alternative interventions but evidence for the optimal agent, dose, duration, efficacy and long-term effects is lacking. A systematic review of the literature was performed to assess the quality of evidence of prednisone and prednisolone (oral corticosteroids) for the management of epileptic spasms...
May 19, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781519/assessment-of-vertebral-microarchitecture-in-overt-and-mild-cushing-s-syndrome-using-trabecular-bone-score
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Helene Vinolas, Virginie Grouthier, Nadia Mehsen-Cetre, Amandine Boisson, Renaud Winzenrieth, Thierry Schaeverbeke, Charles Mesguich, Laurence Bordenave, Antoine Tabarin
OBJECTIVE: Osteoporotic fractures associated with Cushing's syndrome (CS) may occur despite normal bone mineral density (BMD). Few studies have described alterations in vertebral microarchitecture in glucocorticoid-treated patients and during CS. Trabecular bone score (TBS) estimates trabecular microarchitecture from dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry acquisitions. Our aim was to compare vertebral BMD and TBS in patients with overt CS and mild autonomous cortisol secretion (MACE), and following cure of overt CS...
May 21, 2018: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780948/adrenocorticotropic-hormone-analogue-as-novel-treatment-regimen-in-ocular-cicatricial-pemphigoid
#6
Yael Sharon, David S Chu
Purpose: To report the clinical outcome of a patient with ocular cicatricial pemphigoid, treated with adrenocorticotropic hormone gel. Observations: A 75-year-old female with a biopsy proven ocular cicatricial pemphigoid (OCP) presented with bilateral conjunctival inflammation, fornix shortening, subepithelial fibrosis and corneal scarring. The patient was previously treated with topical steroids, topical cyclosporine and lubricating drops, and had undergone several amniotic membrane transplants due to recurrent corneal erosions...
June 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774962/maternal-regulation-of-the-infant-s-hpa-axis-stress-response-seymour-gig-levine-s-legacy-to-neuroendocrinology
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REVIEW
Deborah Suchecki
Thirty years ago, Seymour 'Gig' Levine published a serendipitous, yet, seminal finding on the regulatory role of maternal presence on the corticosterone stress response of neonatal rats, during the developmental period know as stress hyporesponsive period. At the same time, his group of students also studied the stress response of infant monkeys to maternal separation, as a means to understand the stressful nature of disruptions of attachment to the primary caregiver. Gig and his group of students and collaborators, mainly in the USA and the Netherlands, investigated how initial social relationships buffer the stress response of non-human primate and rodent infants...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772978/outcomes-of-the-addition-of-pasireotide-to-traditional-adrenal-directed-treatment-for-dogs-with-pituitary-dependent-hyperadrenocorticism-secondary-to-macroadenoma-9-cases-2013-2015
#8
Maya Lottati, David S Bruyette
OBJECTIVE To evaluate clinical signs, endocrine test results, and pituitary tumor size for dogs with medically managed pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism (PDH) and macroadenoma following 6 months of concurrent treatment with pasireotide. DESIGN Prospective case series. ANIMALS 9 client-owned dogs with PDH and macroadenoma in which PDH had been successfully managed with adrenal-directed treatment (trilostane or mitotane). PROCEDURES Dogs were given pasireotide (0.03 mg/kg [0.014 mg/lb], SC, q 12 h) for 6 months, while adrenal-directed treatment was continued...
June 1, 2018: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772620/-development-of-ectopic-adrenocorticotropic-hormone-syndrome-in-a-patient-with-prostate-cancer-during-combined-androgen-blockade-therapy
#9
Yosuke Sekii, Mitsuhiro Yoshinaga, Masahiro Nakagawa, Hidefumi Kishikawa, Kazumasa Oka, Kenji Nishimura
A 74-year old man presented to us with difficulty urinating. The laboratory examinations revealed an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level. A prostate biopsy revealed prostate adenocarcinoma. The computed tomography scan showed metastasis to lymph nodes in the pelvic cavity and both adrenal glands. Combined androgen blockade therapy was started, and PSA levels began to decrease gradually. However, 2 months later, he was hospitalized for treatment of cellulitis and was found to have hypertension, hyperglycemia, and hypokalemia...
April 2018: Hinyokika Kiyo. Acta Urologica Japonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766359/two-types-of-ectopic-cushing-syndrome-or-a-continuum-review
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REVIEW
Marta Araujo Castro, Mónica Marazuela Azpiroz
BACKGROUND: Two types of ectopic Cushing syndrome (ECS) are described: ECS associated with aggressive neoplasms, and ECS with indolent and occult tumors, however, there is a lack of studies that thoroughly review their characteristics. METHODS: A systematic review was carried out on PUBMED of all the papers about the ECS, in order to better define the types of this subcategory of Cushing's syndrome, highlighting the differential aspects between these subgroups. RESULTS: It was found that in 50% of cases the prototypic "aggressive" ECS is caused by small cell lung carcinomas (SCLC)...
May 15, 2018: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763783/sex-differences-in-the-acth-and-cortisol-response-to-pharmacological-probes-are-stressor-specific-and-occur-regardless-of-alcohol-dependence-history
#11
Robert M Anthenelli, Jaimee L Heffner, Thomas J Blom, Belinda E Daniel, Benjamin S McKenna, Gary S Wand
Women and men differ in their risk for developing stress-related conditions such as alcohol use and anxiety disorders and there are gender differences in the typical sequence in which these disorders co-occur. However, the neural systems underlying these gender-biased psychopathologies and clinical course modifiers in humans are poorly understood and may involve both central and peripheral mechanisms regulating the limbic-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. In the present randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, triple-dummy crossover study, we juxtaposed a centrally-acting, citalopram (2 mg/unit BMI) neuroendocrine stimulation test with a peripherally-acting, dexamethasone (Dex) (1...
May 4, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763585/seasonal-changes-in-acute-stressor-mediated-plasma-glucocorticoid-regulation-in-new-world-flying-squirrels
#12
Lanna M Desantis, Jeff Bowman, Mathilakath M Vijayan, Gary Burness
Southern flying squirrels have higher circulating cortisol levels than most vertebrates. However, regulation of tissue exposure to cortisol by the hormone's carrier protein, corticosteroid-binding globulin (CBG), appears to be altered due to lower-than-expected CBG expression levels, and a reduced affinity for cortisol. To assess the capacity of flying squirrels to regulate acute stress-mediated cortisol levels, we used the dexamethasone (DEX) suppression test followed by the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation test in both the breeding and non-breeding seasons, and quantified resultant changes in plasma cortisol and relative CBG levels...
May 12, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762691/diagnostic-accuracy-of-post-acth-challenge-salivary-cortisol-concentrations-for-identifying-horses-with-equine-glandular-gastric-disease
#13
Fay J Sauer, Rupert M Bruckmaier, Alessandra Ramseyer, Beatriz Vidondo, Milena D Scheidegger, Vinzenz Gerber
The aims of this study were to better characterize the adrenal response to i.v. adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in horses with and without gastric disease and to validate and simplify the ACTH stimulation test by determining the diagnostic accuracy of six consecutive sampling time points after ACTH administration for equine glandular gastric disease (EGGD) and equine squamous gastric disease (ESGD). Twenty-six endurance and eventing horses without clinical disease [Sport Horse Population (SHP)] and an independent population of 62 horses [General Population (GP)] were grouped by gastroscopic findings (no/mild vs...
May 12, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760304/metyrapone-responsive-ectopic-acth-secreting-pheochromocytoma-with-a-vicious-cycle-via-a-glucocorticoid-driven-positive-feedback-mechanism
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Minako Inoue, Ken Okamura, Chie Kitaoka, Fumio Kinoshita, Ryo Namitome, Udai Nakamura, Masaki Shiota, Kenichi Goto, Toshio Ohtsubo, Kiyoshi Matsumura, Yoshinao Oda, Masatoshi Eto, Takanari Kitazono
In ectopic ACTH-secreting pheochromocytoma, combined ACTH-driven hypercortisolemia and hyper-catecholaminemia are serious conditions, which can be fatal if not diagnosed and managed appropriately, especially when glucocorticoid-driven positive feedback is suggested with a high ACTH/cortisol ratio. A 46-year-old man presented with headache, rapid weight loss, hyperhidrosis, severe hypertension and hyperglycemia without typical Cushingoid appearance. Endocrinological examinations demonstrated elevated plasma and urine catecholamines, serum cortisol and plasma ACTH...
May 15, 2018: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758053/behavior-and-physiology-of-two-different-sow-breeds-in-a-farrowing-environment-during-late-35-day-lactation
#15
Honggui Liu, Ran Yi, Chao Wang, Peng Zhao, Mingyue Zhang, Shiwen Xu, Jun Bao
To improve the overall welfare levels of sows and to reduce stress levels at late 35-day lactation, we selected targeted behavioral indicators that might be associated with stress. Therefore, we monitored and evaluated the adaptive capability of two different breeds of sows to the farrowing environment. In this study, Damin sows (Large White × Min pig sows, n = 20) and Large White sows (n = 20) were farrowed in individual pens. Saliva was collected and tested for cortisol density at -15 min, and then at +15, 30, 60, 90, 120, 180 and 240 min after an adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation test conducted at 20, 27 and 34 d post-partum...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755405/dual-paraneoplastic-endocrine-syndromes-heralding-onset-of-extrapulmonary-small-cell-carcinoma-a-case-report-and-narrative-review
#16
Jill B Feffer, Natalia M Branis, Jeanine B Albu
Objective: Extrapulmonary small cell carcinoma (EPSCC) is rare and frequent metastases at presentation can complicate efforts to identify a site of origin. In particular, SCC comprises <1% of prostate cancers and has been implicated in castration resistance. Methods: Clinical, laboratory, imaging, and pathology data are presented. Results: A 56-year-old man with locally advanced prostate adenocarcinoma on androgen deprivation therapy presented with a clogged nephrostomy tube...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754641/the-ectopic-adrenocorticotropic-hormone-syndrome-rarely-easy-always-challenging
#17
REVIEW
Aimee R Hayes, Ashley B Grossman
Despite modern imaging techniques, differentiating ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) syndrome from pituitary-dependent Cushing's syndrome, Cushing's disease, is especially difficult when well-differentiated carcinoids are the source of ACTH secretion, particularly pulmonary carcinoid tumors. ACTH-secreting pulmonary carcinoids, like the corticotroph adenomas causing Cushing's disease, are often small and difficult to detect, and patients present with a gradual onset of the classical signs and symptoms of Cushing's syndrome, indistinguishable from the presentation of Cushing's disease...
June 2018: Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754637/new-molecular-targets-for-treatment-of-cushing-s-disease
#18
REVIEW
Elizabeth Foulkes, John Newell-Price
Despite the best outcomes from trans-sphenoidal surgery, approximately one-third of patients with Cushing's disease will need medical therapy. Current treatments have drawbacks and there is a clear clinical need for new therapies. Recent understanding of molecular pathways leading to excess ACTH secretion has identified key components that may be targeted with the aim to provide novel effective treatment for this devastating disease. These include testicular orphan nuclear receptor 4, heat shock protein 90, and epidermal growth factor receptor...
June 2018: Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754635/prognostic-factors-of-long-term-remission-after-surgical-treatment-of-cushing-s-disease
#19
REVIEW
Adriana G Ioachimescu
Transsphenoidal surgery is the main treatment of patients with adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-secreting pituitary adenomas. Although biochemical remission occurs in most patients undergoing operations at specialized centers, the recurrence risk is significant. Visualization of microadenomas on preoperative imaging and confirmation of ACTH-positive adenomas have been associated with higher remission rates. Low cortisol levels in the first 2 weeks postoperatively have been associated with durable remission; however, recurrence cannot be excluded by any cortisol threshold...
June 2018: Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754632/genetics-of-cushing-s-syndrome
#20
REVIEW
Laura C Hernández-Ramírez, Constantine A Stratakis
The knowledge on the molecular and genetic causes of Cushing's syndrome (CS) has greatly increased in the recent years. Somatic mutations leading to overactive 3',5'-cyclic adenosine monophosphate/protein kinase A and wingless-type MMTV integration site family/beta-catenin pathways are the main molecular mechanisms underlying adrenocortical tumorigenesis. Corticotropinomas are characterized by resistance to glucocorticoid negative feedback, impaired cell cycle control and overexpression of pathways sustaining ACTH secretion...
June 2018: Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
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