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1. Deniz K, Tanriverdi F, Selçuklu A, Kontaş O, Keleştimur F: Signet ring-like cells in pituitary adenoma. Pathol Res Pract; 2008;204(3):209-12
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  • [Title] Signet ring-like cells in pituitary adenoma.
  • We describe a case of non-functioning pituitary adenoma in a 35-year-old woman with a prior history of fertility problems.
  • Histological examination of the tumor revealed signet ring-like cell areas admixed with minor conventional round-polygonal neoplastic cells.
  • The two populations of tumor cells showed strong immunoreactivity for chromogranin and synaptophysin.
  • [MeSH-major] Adenoma / pathology. Pituitary Neoplasms / pathology
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Chorionic Gonadotropin / therapeutic use. Chromogranins / metabolism. Clomiphene / therapeutic use. Female. Fertility Agents, Female / therapeutic use. Headache / etiology. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Infertility, Female / drug therapy. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Synaptophysin / metabolism. Vision Disorders / etiology

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  • (PMID = 18207654.001).
  • [ISSN] 0344-0338
  • [Journal-full-title] Pathology, research and practice
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Pathol. Res. Pract.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Chorionic Gonadotropin; 0 / Chromogranins; 0 / Fertility Agents, Female; 0 / Synaptophysin; 1HRS458QU2 / Clomiphene
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2. Inenaga C, Morii K, Tamura T, Tanaka R, Takahashi H: Mesenchymal chondrosarcoma of the sellar region. Acta Neurochir (Wien); 2003 Jul;145(7):593-7; discussion 597
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  • However, no such malignant tumour has been described in the sellar region.
  • Upon initial admission, no endocrinological abnormalities were found, and computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a mass with calcification in the sella and right cavernous sinus.
  • INTERVENTION: For this malignant tumour, three surgical resections, two sessions of gamma-knife radiosurgery, one session of fractional irradiation, and one cycle of chemotherapy were performed, resulting in only brief arrest of the tumour growth.
  • Pathologically, the tumour consisted of undifferentiated small cells of high cellularity, and islands of hyaline cartilage.
  • CONCLUSION: Although malignant tumours in the sellar region are rare, they should be considered in the differential diagnosis of various sellar tumours typified by non-functioning pituitary adenoma, and mesenchymal chondrosarcoma is one possible candidate.

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  • (PMID = 12910404.001).
  • [ISSN] 0001-6268
  • [Journal-full-title] Acta neurochirurgica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acta Neurochir (Wien)
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Austria
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3. Yaman E, Benekli M, Coskun U, Sezer K, Ozturk B, Kaya AO, Yildiz R, Uluoglu O, Buyukberber S: Intrasellar plasmacytoma: an unusual presentation of multiple myeloma. Acta Neurochir (Wien); 2008 Sep;150(9):921-4; discussion 924
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  • Occasionally, they can be misdiagnosed as a nonfunctioning adenoma because of radiological and clinical similarities.
  • Initial diagnosis of a nonfunctioning pituitary adenoma was later overruled by a repeat biopsy, which showed a plasmacytoma.
  • The tumor stained positively for CD138 and kappa light chain.
  • Further studies confirmed the diagnosis of multiple myeloma.
  • The patient was successfully treated with radiotherapy followed by systemic chemotherapy.
  • Because they have different therapeutic implications, extramedullary plasmacytomas involving pituitary gland should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a nonfunctioning pituitary mass.
  • [MeSH-major] Multiple Myeloma / complications. Multiple Myeloma / diagnosis. Pituitary Neoplasms / diagnosis. Pituitary Neoplasms / etiology. Plasmacytoma / diagnosis. Plasmacytoma / etiology
  • [MeSH-minor] Adenoma / diagnosis. Aged. Biopsy. Diagnosis, Differential. Female. Humans. Immunoglobulin kappa-Chains / metabolism. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Sella Turcica. Syndecan-1 / metabolism

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  • (PMID = 18726062.001).
  • [ISSN] 0942-0940
  • [Journal-full-title] Acta neurochirurgica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acta Neurochir (Wien)
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] Austria
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Immunoglobulin kappa-Chains; 0 / Syndecan-1
  • [Number-of-references] 24
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4. Gur C, Lalazar G, Salmon A, Dubiner V, Gross DJ: Metastatic pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor presenting as a pituitary space occupying lesion: a case report. Pituitary; 2008;11(3):293-7
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  • [Title] Metastatic pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor presenting as a pituitary space occupying lesion: a case report.
  • Neuroendocrine tumor metastases to the pituitary gland are very rare.
  • There are few case reports of carcinoid tumor metastases to the pituitary, but no cases of pancreatic neuroendocrine pituitary metastases have been reported.
  • In this report we present a 55-year-old female with a sellar mass, ophthalmoplegia and headaches initially thought to represent an invasive null cell pituitary adenoma.
  • However a histological (trans-sphenoidal and liver biopsies) and systemic investigation proved it to be a metastasis of an undiagnosed pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.
  • Our patient was unique in respect to the location of the metastasis and the uncharacteristically high proliferative index of her tumor.
  • She received conventional therapy consisting of Sandostatin, chemotherapy and radiotherapy as well as labeled somatostatin following an avid uptake on octreotide scanning.
  • [MeSH-major] Neuroendocrine Tumors / secondary. Pancreatic Neoplasms / pathology. Pituitary Neoplasms / secondary
  • [MeSH-minor] Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use. Chemotherapy, Adjuvant. Fatal Outcome. Female. Humans. Middle Aged. Radiotherapy, Adjuvant. Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon


5. Zhang W, Murao K, Imachi H, Iwama H, Chen K, Fei Z, Zhang X, Ishida T, Tamiya T: Suppression of prolactin expression by cabergoline requires prolactin regulatory element-binding protein (PREB) in GH3 cells. Horm Metab Res; 2010 Jul;42(8):557-61
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  • The prolactin regulatory element-binding protein (PREB) is a transcriptional factor that regulates prolactin (PRL) promoter activity in the anterior pituitary.
  • Prolactinomas are the most common pituitary tumors.
  • Administration of cabergoline, a selective dopamine D2-receptor agonist, has become the initial therapy of choice for most patients with prolactinomas.
  • Samples of ten prolactinomas and ten nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas were analyzed by immunohistochemistry to detect the expression of PREB.
  • The effect of cabergoline on PREB expression was assessed by western blotting and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis.
  • Immunohistochemical analysis revealed strong positive PREB expression in the prolactinoma tissue, but extremely weak or undetected expression in the nonfunctioning pituitary tumor tissue.
  • Western blots probed with a PREB-specific antiserum revealed that the relative abundance of the PREB protein in the GH3 cells decreased in a dose-dependent manner in response to cabergoline treatment, as did the relative abundance of PREB mRNA.
  • [MeSH-major] DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism. Down-Regulation / drug effects. Ergolines / pharmacology. Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factors / metabolism. Prolactin / genetics. Transcription Factors / metabolism
  • [MeSH-minor] Cell Line, Tumor. Humans. Prolactinoma / metabolism. Prolactinoma / pathology. Promoter Regions, Genetic / genetics. Transcription, Genetic / drug effects

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  • [Copyright] (c) Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart . New York.
  • (PMID = 20411477.001).
  • [ISSN] 1439-4286
  • [Journal-full-title] Hormone and metabolic research = Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung = Hormones et métabolisme
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Horm. Metab. Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / DNA-Binding Proteins; 0 / Ergolines; 0 / Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factors; 0 / PREB protein, human; 0 / Transcription Factors; 9002-62-4 / Prolactin; LL60K9J05T / cabergoline
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6. Kramer CK, Ferreira N, Silveiro SP, Gross JL, Dora JM, Azevedo MJ: Pituitary gland metastasis from renal cell carcinoma presented as a non-functioning macroadenoma. Arq Bras Endocrinol Metabol; 2010;54(5):498-501
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  • [Title] Pituitary gland metastasis from renal cell carcinoma presented as a non-functioning macroadenoma.
  • Metastatic tumors involving the pituitary gland are an uncommon finding and occur in up to 1% of all pituitary tumor resections.
  • Five years ago, he underwent a right radical nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy for lung and parotid metastases.
  • The patient underwent a transsphenoidal tumor resection that revealed renal cell carcinoma.
  • This case illustrates that metastatic pituitary lesions can mimic typical symptoms and signs of pituitary macroadenoma.
  • Furthermore, clinical diabetes insipidus, a common finding of pituitary metastases, can be absent.
  • [MeSH-major] Carcinoma, Renal Cell / secondary. Kidney Neoplasms / pathology. Pituitary Neoplasms / secondary
  • [MeSH-minor] Adenoma / diagnosis. Aged. Diagnosis, Differential. Humans. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Male

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  • (PMID = 20694412.001).
  • [ISSN] 1677-9487
  • [Journal-full-title] Arquivos brasileiros de endocrinologia e metabologia
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Arq Bras Endocrinol Metabol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Brazil
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7. Tichomirowa MA, Daly AF, Beckers A: Treatment of pituitary tumors: somatostatin. Endocrine; 2005 Oct;28(1):93-100
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  • [Title] Treatment of pituitary tumors: somatostatin.
  • Somatostatin is an important physiological regulator of neuroendocrine function across multiple biological systems, including the brain and the gastrointestinal tract.
  • In the pituitary gland, somatostatin regulates the secretion of hormones such as growth hormone and thyroid-stimulating hormone in healthy and pathological states.
  • The short half-life of somatostatin makes it unsuitable for clinical use in chronic diseases, which led to the development of long-acting somatostatin analogs for the treatment of acromegaly and thyroid-stimulating hormone-secreting adenomas, which were administered by intermittent injection twice or three times a day.
  • More recently, depot versions have been developed that permit dosing once every month.
  • This review assesses the efficacy of somatostatin analogs in the treatment of pituitary adenomas, including acromegaly, thyroid-stimulating hormone-secreting tumors, non-functioning adenomas, and Cushing's disease.
  • [MeSH-major] Adenoma / drug therapy. Pituitary Neoplasms / drug therapy. Somatostatin / analogs & derivatives
  • [MeSH-minor] Acromegaly / drug therapy. Delayed-Action Preparations. Dopamine Agonists / pharmacology. Dopamine Agonists / therapeutic use. Humans. Octreotide / pharmacology. Octreotide / therapeutic use. Peptides, Cyclic / pharmacology. Peptides, Cyclic / therapeutic use. Pituitary ACTH Hypersecretion / drug therapy

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  • (PMID = 16311415.001).
  • [ISSN] 1355-008X
  • [Journal-full-title] Endocrine
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Endocrine
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Delayed-Action Preparations; 0 / Dopamine Agonists; 0 / Peptides, Cyclic; 0G3DE8943Y / lanreotide; 51110-01-1 / Somatostatin; RWM8CCW8GP / Octreotide
  • [Number-of-references] 96
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8. Kreitschmann-Andermahr I, Poll EM, Reineke A, Gilsbach JM, Brabant G, Buchfelder M, Fassbender W, Faust M, Kann PH, Wallaschofski H: Growth hormone deficient patients after traumatic brain injury--baseline characteristics and benefits after growth hormone replacement--an analysis of the German KIMS database. Growth Horm IGF Res; 2008 Dec;18(6):472-8
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  • All 84 TBI patients were matched with 84 patients with GHD due to non-functioning pituitary adenoma (NFPA) also included in this database.
  • Analysis of clinical and outcome variables was performed, with comparisons of childhood vs. adult TBI, and TBI vs. NFPA patients, at baseline and one-year follow-up.
  • RESULTS: TBI patients with GHD were significantly younger at the onset of pituitary disease and exhibited a significantly longer time span between GHD diagnosis and KIMS entry than NFPA patients.
  • At 1-year follow-up, insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) standard deviation score levels had returned to the normal range and quality of life (QoL), as measured by QoL- Assessment of Growth Hormone Deficiency in Adults (AGHDA) questionnaire, improved significantly in TBI as in NFPA patients.
  • CONCLUSION: This analysis provides preliminary data that TBI patients with GHD benefit from hGH replacement in terms of improved QoL in a similar fashion as do NFPA patients.
  • Moreover, it suggests that belated diagnosis and treatment in childhood-onset GHD due to TBI might be related to a shorter final height in these children.
  • [MeSH-major] Brain Injuries / physiopathology. Databases, Factual. Human Growth Hormone / therapeutic use
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Female. Follow-Up Studies. Germany. Hormone Replacement Therapy. Humans. Hypopituitarism / complications. Hypopituitarism / drug therapy. Hypopituitarism / physiopathology. Male. Middle Aged. Pituitary Neoplasms / complications. Pituitary Neoplasms / drug therapy. Pituitary Neoplasms / physiopathology

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  • (PMID = 18829359.001).
  • [ISSN] 1532-2238
  • [Journal-full-title] Growth hormone & IGF research : official journal of the Growth Hormone Research Society and the International IGF Research Society
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Growth Horm. IGF Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Scotland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 12629-01-5 / Human Growth Hormone
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9. Colao A, Dorato M, Pulcrano M, Rossi FW, Auriemma RS, Lombardi G, Lastoria S: [Somatostatin analogs in the clinical management of pituitary neoplasms]. Minerva Endocrinol; 2001 Sep;26(3):181-91
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  • [Title] [Somatostatin analogs in the clinical management of pituitary neoplasms].
  • The medical approach to patients with secreting or clinically non-functioning pituitary adenoma as made considerable progress thanks to the use of new somatostatin analogs.
  • Good results were obtained using slow-release analog treatment also in TSH-secreting adenomas, whereas the therapeutic efficacy of these peptides in clinically non-functioning adenomas is still controversial.
  • Treatment with somatostatin analogs improves symptoms, normalises hormone secretion and in some cases may induce a reduction in the volume of pituitary adenomas.
  • Scintigraphy with octreotide may help to select patients who respond to this form of treatment.
  • [MeSH-major] Adenoma / drug therapy. Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal / therapeutic use. Octreotide / analogs & derivatives. Octreotide / therapeutic use. Pentetic Acid / analogs & derivatives. Peptides, Cyclic / therapeutic use. Pituitary Neoplasms / drug therapy. Somatostatin / therapeutic use
  • [MeSH-minor] Acromegaly / drug therapy. Adolescent. Adrenal Gland Neoplasms / radionuclide imaging. Adult. Aged. Carcinoma / radionuclide imaging. Humans. Indium Radioisotopes / therapeutic use. Insulin-Like Growth Factor I / secretion. Kidney Neoplasms / radionuclide imaging. Melanoma / radionuclide imaging. Middle Aged. Pheochromocytoma / radionuclide imaging. Predictive Value of Tests. Prolactinoma / drug therapy. Radiopharmaceuticals / therapeutic use. Sensitivity and Specificity. Thymoma / radionuclide imaging. Thymus Neoplasms / radionuclide imaging. Thyroid Neoplasms / radionuclide imaging. Thyrotropin / secretion. Treatment Outcome

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  • (PMID = 11753242.001).
  • [ISSN] 0391-1977
  • [Journal-full-title] Minerva endocrinologica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Minerva Endocrinol.
  • [Language] ita
  • [Publication-type] English Abstract; Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] Italy
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal; 0 / Indium Radioisotopes; 0 / Peptides, Cyclic; 0 / Radiopharmaceuticals; 118992-92-0 / lanreotide; 142694-57-3 / SDZ 215-811; 51110-01-1 / Somatostatin; 67763-96-6 / Insulin-Like Growth Factor I; 7A314HQM0I / Pentetic Acid; 9002-71-5 / Thyrotropin; RWM8CCW8GP / Octreotide
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10. Orio F Jr, Palomba S, Cascella T, Tauchmanovà L, Di Biase S, Labella D, Russo T, Pellicano M, Savastano S, Zullo F, Lombardi G, Colao A: Adrenal adenoma and normal androgen levels in a young woman with polycystic ovaries: a case of idiopathic hirsutism? J Endocrinol Invest; 2004 Jan;27(1):61-6
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  • [Title] Adrenal adenoma and normal androgen levels in a young woman with polycystic ovaries: a case of idiopathic hirsutism?
  • A case of unusual combination of polycystic ovaries (PCO), adrenal non-functioning adenoma and severe hirsutism in a young woman from Southern Italy is reported here.
  • During evaluation of the cause of her symptoms, PCO and small left adrenal adenoma were revealed.
  • Although adrenal androgen excess has been shown to dysregulate the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, causing PCO-like syndrome, normal circulating androgen values were found.
  • Normal response of cortisol and adrenal androgens to corticotropin stimulation test permitted the exclusion of functional adrenal hyperandrogenism.
  • The patient showed an improvement of acne and hirsutism on therapy with estro-progestins (EP).
  • In conclusion, despite normal pattern of serum androgens and LH/FSH ratio, this patient had anovulatory cycles and good response to the EP treatment.
  • These findings suggest that ultrasonography evidence of PCO together with anovulatory cycles contributed to her clinical picture whereas adrenal adenoma seemed to have no relevant role.
  • [MeSH-major] Adenoma / complications. Adrenal Gland Neoplasms / complications. Hirsutism / complications. Oligomenorrhea / complications. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / complications. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Acne Vulgaris / complications. Acne Vulgaris / drug therapy. Adolescent. Androgens / blood. Estrogens / therapeutic use. Ethinyl Estradiol / therapeutic use. Female. Humans. Norpregnenes / therapeutic use. Ovary / diagnostic imaging. Progestins / therapeutic use. Treatment Outcome. Ultrasonography

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  • (PMID = 15053246.001).
  • [ISSN] 0391-4097
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of endocrinological investigation
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Endocrinol. Invest.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Italy
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Androgens; 0 / Estrogens; 0 / Norpregnenes; 0 / Progestins; 1664P6E6MI / Gestodene; 423D2T571U / Ethinyl Estradiol
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11. Svensson J, Finer N, Bouloux P, Bevan J, Jonsson B, Mattsson AF, Lundberg M, Harris PE, Koltowska-Häggström M, Monson JP, KIMS International Board: Growth hormone (GH) replacement therapy in GH deficient adults: predictors of one-year metabolic and clinical response. Growth Horm IGF Res; 2007 Feb;17(1):67-76
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  • [Title] Growth hormone (GH) replacement therapy in GH deficient adults: predictors of one-year metabolic and clinical response.
  • OBJECTIVE: This study investigated whether baseline status could predict the responsiveness to one-year growth hormone (GH) replacement therapy in adult GH deficient (GHD) patients.
  • DESIGN: A total of 380 European patients with adult onset GHD due to non-functioning pituitary adenoma that had been enrolled in Pfizer International Metabolic Database (KIMS), and that had completed one year of GH replacement therapy within KIMS, were studied.
  • Quality of life (QoL)-Assessment of GHD in Adults (QoL-AGHDA), waist circumference, waist:hip ratio, and serum lipid pattern improved.
  • Women received a higher dose of GH than men after one year, and demonstrated similar treatment response.
  • In multiple stepwise forward regression analyses, the one-year changes in QoL-AGHDA score, waist:hip ratio, and serum low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) level correlated inversely with the baseline values of the same variable.
  • In addition, the change after one year in QoL-AGHDA score correlated inversely with duration of hypopituitarism and baseline serum high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) level, and the change in waist:hip ratio correlated inversely, although more weakly, with baseline serum HDL-C level and UK citizenship and positively with baseline waist circumference and the initial GH dose.
  • Therefore, when the decision to start GH replacement is undertaken, as many outcome variables as possible should be evaluated in order to adequately evaluate the likelihood of clinical benefit.
  • Finally, women have a similar response to GH replacement as men when individualised GH dosing schedules are employed and should therefore be selected for GH therapy to a similar extent.
  • [MeSH-major] Dwarfism, Pituitary / diagnosis. Dwarfism, Pituitary / drug therapy. Growth Hormone / therapeutic use. Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • [MeSH-minor] Cohort Studies. Dose-Response Relationship, Drug. Female. Follow-Up Studies. Humans. Male. Middle Aged. Models, Statistical. Prognosis. Quality of Life. Sex Characteristics. Treatment Outcome

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  • (PMID = 17223598.001).
  • [ISSN] 1096-6374
  • [Journal-full-title] Growth hormone & IGF research : official journal of the Growth Hormone Research Society and the International IGF Research Society
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Growth Horm. IGF Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Scotland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 9002-72-6 / Growth Hormone
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12. Lin SH, Hung YH, Lin YF: Severe hyponatremia as the presenting feature of clinically non-functional pituitary adenoma with hypopituitarism. Clin Nephrol; 2002 Jan;57(1):85-8
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  • [Title] Severe hyponatremia as the presenting feature of clinically non-functional pituitary adenoma with hypopituitarism.
  • We present two cases in which severe hyponatremia developed with weakness, light-headedness and seizure.
  • Computerized tomography of the brain revealed an adenoma of the pituitary gland.
  • These two cases illustrate that severe hyponatremia may be the presenting feature of clinically non-functional pituitary adenoma with hypopituitarism, which should be kept in mind in the differential diagnosis of hyponatremia mimicking SIADH.
  • [MeSH-major] Adenoma / complications. Hyponatremia / etiology. Pituitary Neoplasms / complications
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged. Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use. Diagnosis, Differential. Drug Therapy, Combination. Humans. Male. Middle Aged. Prednisolone / administration & dosage. Thyroid Hormones / therapeutic use. Thyroxine / administration & dosage. Vasopressins / blood. Vasopressins / deficiency

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  • (PMID = 11837807.001).
  • [ISSN] 0301-0430
  • [Journal-full-title] Clinical nephrology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Clin. Nephrol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Anti-Inflammatory Agents; 0 / Thyroid Hormones; 11000-17-2 / Vasopressins; 9PHQ9Y1OLM / Prednisolone; Q51BO43MG4 / Thyroxine
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13. Guerra Y, Lacuesta E, Marquez F, Raksin PB, Utset M, Fogelfeld L: Apoplexy in non functioning pituitary adenoma after one dose of leuprolide as treatment for prostate cancer. Pituitary; 2010;13(1):54-9
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  • [Title] Apoplexy in non functioning pituitary adenoma after one dose of leuprolide as treatment for prostate cancer.
  • We report the case of a 60 year old male who complained of headache and blurry vision--that progressed to left ophthalmoplegia and ptosis--after receiving a dose of leuprolide for Prostate cancer therapy.
  • The patient underwent transsphenoidal debulking, and the tissue obtained demonstrated immunohistochemical staining for LH.
  • A literature review revealed nine previously reported cases of pituitary apoplexy after GnRH agonist therapy for prostate cancer.
  • In most cases, the sellar tissues stained for LH, consistent with a gonadotropinoma.
  • Particular attention to clinical findings suggestive of a non functioning pituitary tumor in patients receiving GnRH agonist therapy is critical as routine screening with MRI is not practical.
  • [MeSH-major] Adenoma / complications. Leuprolide / adverse effects. Pituitary Neoplasms / complications. Stroke / chemically induced
  • [MeSH-minor] Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal / adverse effects. Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone / agonists. Humans. Male. Middle Aged. Prostatic Neoplasms / complications. Prostatic Neoplasms / drug therapy. Sella Turcica


14. Trimarchi CP, Russo P: Cyclic estrogen-progestin hormone therapy as a new therapeutic approach in the treatment of functional alterations of the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovary axis: case reports. Endocr Res; 2002 Aug;28(3):155-60
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  • [Title] Cyclic estrogen-progestin hormone therapy as a new therapeutic approach in the treatment of functional alterations of the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovary axis: case reports.
  • We report a first case of a 30 year-old woman affected by polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) whose amenorrhea ceased after a 6-month combination treatment with cyclic estradiol-norethisterone acetate.
  • After the withdrawal of the hormone therapy, a stable recovery of periodic menses was observed.
  • We describe a second case of a 23 year-old woman whose amenorrhea was caused by a hypogonadotropic hypogonadism due to a non-functioning pituitary adenoma.
  • After the administration of the previously described therapy both a disappearance of the adenoma and a recover of periodic menses were observed.
  • The exogenous hormones may have reset the feedback between the hypothalamus and pituitary gland through mimicking the physiological hormones pattern of the 28-day cycle.
  • [MeSH-major] Adenoma / complications. Amenorrhea / drug therapy. Estradiol / administration & dosage. Norethindrone / administration & dosage. Norethindrone / analogs & derivatives. Pituitary Neoplasms / complications. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / complications
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Drug Administration Schedule. Drug Therapy, Combination. Feedback. Female. Humans. Hypogonadism / complications. Hypothalamus / drug effects. Hypothalamus / physiopathology. Ovary / physiopathology. Pituitary Gland / drug effects. Pituitary Gland / physiopathology

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  • (PMID = 12489565.001).
  • [ISSN] 0743-5800
  • [Journal-full-title] Endocrine research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Endocr. Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 4TI98Z838E / Estradiol; 9S44LIC7OJ / norethindrone acetate; T18F433X4S / Norethindrone
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15. Cerovac V, Monteserin-Garcia J, Rubinfeld H, Buchfelder M, Losa M, Florio T, Paez-Pereda M, Stalla GK, Theodoropoulou M: The somatostatin analogue octreotide confers sensitivity to rapamycin treatment on pituitary tumor cells. Cancer Res; 2010 Jan 15;70(2):666-74
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  • [Title] The somatostatin analogue octreotide confers sensitivity to rapamycin treatment on pituitary tumor cells.
  • Rapamycin and its analogues have significant antiproliferative action against a variety of tumors.
  • Here, we investigated this model using the somatostatin analogue octreotide as a tool to decrease levels of activated Ser(473)-phosphorylated Akt (pAkt-Ser(473)) in pituitary tumor cells that express somatostatin receptors.
  • Octreotide potentiated the antiproliferative effects of rapamycin in immortalized pituitary tumor cells or human nonfunctioning pituitary adenoma cells in primary cell culture, sensitizing tumor cells even to low rapamycin concentrations.
  • Combined treatment of octreotide and rapamycin triggered G(1) cell cycle arrest, decreasing E2F transcriptional activity and cyclin E levels by increasing levels of p27/Kip1.
  • These findings show that adjuvant treatment with a somatostatin analogue can sensitize pituitary tumor cells to the antiproliferative effects of rapamycin.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / pharmacology. Octreotide / pharmacology. Pituitary Neoplasms / drug therapy. Sirolimus / pharmacology
  • [MeSH-minor] Adenoma / drug therapy. Adenoma / metabolism. Adenoma / pathology. Cell Cycle / drug effects. Cell Growth Processes / drug effects. Cell Line, Tumor. Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p27 / biosynthesis. Drug Synergism. Humans. Insulin Receptor Substrate Proteins / metabolism. Oncogene Protein v-akt / metabolism. Phosphorylation / drug effects. Up-Regulation






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