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Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency

O Nemes, N Kovacs, Sz Szujo, B Bodis, L Bajnok, A Buki, T Doczi, E Czeiter, E Mezosi
BACKGROUND: Post-traumatic hypopituitarism is a major complication after severe head trauma. The aim of our study was to evaluate the possible role of early clinical parameters in the development of endocrine deficits. METHODS: Data on endocrine function, on-admission clinical-, laboratory-, and ICU-monitored parameters were available in 63 patients of the surviving 86 severe head injury patients (post-resuscitation GCS under 8) treated at one neurosurgical center during a 10-year period...
October 25, 2016: Acta Neurochirurgica
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
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
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
Emilie R Elliot, Aikaterini Theodoraki, Lakshmi R Jain, Neal J Marshall, Marta Boffito, Stephanie E Baldeweg, Laura J Waters
Ritonavir and cobicistat, used as pharmacokinetic enhancers in combination with some antiretrovirals (ARVs) for the treatment of HIV, are potent inhibitors of the CYP3A4 isoenzyme. Most glucocorticoids are metabolised via the CYP3A4 pathway and iatrogenic Cushing's syndrome (ICS), with possible secondary adrenal insufficiency (SAI), is a recognised complication following co-administration with ritonavir or cobicistat. A structured approach for identifying and managing potentially affected individuals has not been established...
October 2016: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Christy Foster, Abha Choudhary
Triple A syndrome, formerly known as Allgrove syndrome (AS), is characterized by achalasia, alacrima and adrenal insufficiency. Here we report an adolescent male with adrenal insufficiency who developed severe malnutrition secondary to a delayed diagnosis of achalasia. The severe malnutrition in our patient led to superior mesenteric artery (SMA) obstruction syndrome. Severe malnutrition to the point of SMA syndrome has not been previously described in the literature in Triple A syndrome.
October 1, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
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
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
Seung Won Ahn, Tong Yoon Kim, Sangmin Lee, Jeong Yeon Jeong, Hojoon Shim, Yu Min Han, Kyu Eun Choi, Seok Joon Shin, Hye Eun Yoon
Adrenal insufficiency is an uncommon cause of hypercalcemia and not easily considered as an etiology of adrenal insufficiency in clinical practice, as not all cases of adrenal insufficiency manifest as hypercalcemia. We report a case of secondary adrenal insufficiency presenting as hypercalcemia and acute kidney injury in a 66-year-old female. The patient was admitted to the emergency department with general weakness and poor oral intake. Hypercalcemia (11.5 mg/dL) and moderate renal dysfunction (serum creatinine 4...
2016: International Medical Case Reports 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
Nassib Alsahwi, Delali Blavo, Harsha Karanchi
Sarcoidosis is a multisystem granulomatous disorder. The lungs are the principal organs affected, however, extrapulmonary involvement including disorders of the pituitary and thyroid glands has been reported but presentation with multiple endocrine manifestations is rare. We report the case of a 36-year-old African-American woman who presented with hypercalcaemia, abnormal thyroid function studies and secondary amenorrhoea. On workup including laboratory, radiological testing and biopsy she was diagnosed with sarcoidosis with multi-organ involvement...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Jorien Werumeus Buning, Martijn van Faassen, Pauline Brummelman, Robin P F Dullaart, Gerrit van den Berg, Melanie M van der Klauw, Michiel N Kerstens, Coen A Stegeman, Anneke C Muller Kobold, Ido P Kema, Bruce H R Wolffenbuttel, André P van Beek
CONTEXT: Cardiovascular risk is increased in patients with secondary adrenal insufficiency, which may be ascribed to an unfavorable metabolic profile consequent to a relatively high hydrocortisone replacement dose. OBJECTIVE: We determined the effects of a higher versus a lower glucocorticoid replacement dose on blood pressure (BP), the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase enzyme activity and circulating (nor)metanephrines. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS: Forty-seven patients with secondary adrenal insufficiency from the University Medical Center Groningen participated in this randomized double-blind crossover study...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Rachel M Saroka, Michael P Kane, Lawrence Robinson, Robert S Busch
BACKGROUND: Glucocorticoid replacement is commonly required to treat secondary adrenal insufficiency after surgical resection of unilateral cortisol-secreting adrenocortical adenomas. Here, we describe a patient with unilateral cortisol-secreting adenomas in which the preoperative use of mifepristone therapy was associated with recovery of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, eliminating the need for postoperative glucocorticoid replacement. CASE PRESENTATION: A 66-year-old Caucasian man with type 2 diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and obesity was hospitalized for Fournier's gangrene and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus sepsis...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Endocrinology and Diabetes
Hae Won Lee, Jin Du Kang, Chang Woo Yeo, Sung Woon Yoon, Kwang Jae Lee, Mun Ki Choi
Wilson's disease typically presents symptoms associated with liver damage or neuropsychiatric disturbances, while endocrinologic abnormalities are rare. We report an unprecedented case of hypopituitarism in a patient with Wilson's disease. A 40-year-old woman presented with depression, general weakness and anorexia. Laboratory tests and imaging studies were compatible with liver cirrhosis due to Wilson's disease. Basal hormone levels and pituitary function tests indicated secondary hypothyroidism and adrenal insufficiency due to hypopituitarism...
August 2016: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Allison J Pollock, Tasa S Seibert, Cristiana Salvatori, Patrizio Caturegli, David B Allen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Autoimmune hypophysitis (AH) is a rare inflammatory disease of the pituitary gland causing varying degrees of hypopituitarism and/or sellar compression. Cranial MRI remains the best noninvasive tool to diagnose AH, although a diagnosis of certainty requires pituitary biopsy. The objective of this study was to assess the utility of detecting pituitary antibodies for the diagnosis of AH. METHODS: A 15-year-old female with Turner syndrome (TS), hypothyroidism, and ovarian failure presented acutely with hypocortisolism...
June 30, 2016: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
C S Haas, A-H Rahvar, S Danneberg, H Lehnert, H Moenig, B Harbeck
Hydrocortisone replacement therapy is a cornerstone in the treatment of adrenal insufficiency (AI). While urinary cortisol has been used as a diagnostic tool for AI, it remains unclear whether it is a useful parameter to monitor hydrocortisone replacement therapy. Aim of this study was to evaluate possible differences in cortisol metabolism between adrenal insufficient patients and healthy subjects and to assess the value of urinary cortisol in AI management. In a case-control study, urinary cortisol excretion was determined in 14 patients with primary and secondary AI receiving hydrocortisone infusions from midnight to 8:00 AM...
September 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
Nadir Yehya, Maria G Vogiatzi, Neal J Thomas, Vijay Srinivasan
OBJECTIVE: To test the association between random cortisol and severity of illness in a "real-world" application of current guidelines. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a secondary analysis of a prospective observational cohort of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Children with ARDS and vasopressor-dependent shock were identified and random cortisol levels before potential hydrocortisone initiation recorded. The cohort was dichotomized to cortisol < 18 and ≥ 18 μg/dL, and hydrocortisone use and outcomes compared...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Martín Cuesta, Aoife Garrahy, David Slattery, Saket Gupta, Anne Marie Hannon, Hannah Forde, Karen McGurren, Mark Sherlock, William Tormey, Christopher J Thompson
OBJECTIVE: The syndrome of inappropriate antidiuresis (SIAD) is the commonest cause of hyponatraemia. Data on SIAD are mainly derived from retrospective studies, often with poor ascertainment of the minimum criteria for the correct diagnosis. Reliable data on the incidence of adrenal failure in SIAD are therefore unavailable. The aim of the study was to describe the aetiology of SIAD and in particular to define the prevalence of undiagnosed adrenal insufficiency. DESIGN: Prospective, single centre, noninterventional, observational study of patients admitted to Beaumont Hospital with euvolaemic hyponatraemia (plasma sodium ≤ 130 mmol/l) between January 1st and October 1st 2015...
June 6, 2016: Clinical Endocrinology
Fraser W Gibb, Alexandra Stewart, Brian R Walker, Mark W J Strachan
OBJECTIVE: Opioid analgesia has been implicated as a cause of secondary adrenal insufficiency, but little is known of the prevalence of this potentially serious adverse effect in patients with chronic pain. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of chronic pain patients on long-term opioid analgesia. PATIENTS: Patients attending tertiary chronic pain clinics at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, treated with long-term opioid analgesia (n = 48) with no recent exposure to exogenous glucocorticoids...
June 4, 2016: Clinical Endocrinology
F Ceccato, L Lizzul, M Zilio, M Barbot, L Denaro, E Emanuelli, L Alessio, G Rolma, R Manara, A Saller, M Boscaro, C Scaroni
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...
August 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
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