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BACKGROUND Cushing's disease is characterized by abnormalities of immune function. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prevalence of autoimmune thyroid diseases in patients with Cushing's disease (CD), after successful treatment and the possible association between previous nodular goitre or positive thyroid autoantibodies during the active phase of CD and the(More)
Medical treatment of acromegaly with dopamine agonists possesses 2 main advantages: the oral administration and the low costs. In this study, we reported on the results of chronic treatments with quinagolide (CV 205-502), cabergoline (CAB) and long-acting depot preparation of bromocriptine (BRC-LAR) in 34 acromegalics. Patients were divided into three(More)
Patients with Cushing's disease (CD) mainly die because of cardiovascular accidents. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether patients with CD still have increased cardiovascular risk and suffer from premature atherosclerosis once cured. Fifteen patients cured from CD for a long term period (5 yr), 30 sex-and age-matched controls, and 30 body mass(More)
The role of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) in prostate development is currently under thorough investigation because it has been claimed that IGF-I is a positive predictor of prostate cancer. To assess the effect of GH and IGF-I levels on prostate pathophysiology, 46 acromegalic (30 in active disease, 10 cured from acromegaly, and 6 affected from GH(More)
Several evidences indicate that GH and/or insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) are involved in the regulation of cardiovascular function. In patients with childhood and adulthood-onset GH deficiency (GHD), the impairment of cardiac performance is manifest primarily as a reduction in the left ventricular (LV) mass (LVM), inadequacy of LV ejection fraction(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with acromegaly have an increased morbidity and mortality for cardiovascular diseases. Despite the increasing evidence for the existence of a specific cardiomyopathy in acromegaly, the presence of vascular abnormalities has been never investigated. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the cardiovascular risk and premature atherosclerosis in(More)
Octreotide (OCT) administration provides a biochemical cure in most acromegalic patients. This drug, however, causes several side effects and is very expensive. Acute testing has been reported to predict chronic responsiveness to OCT administration. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate which test, if any, among acute testing, short-term (1(More)
This study was designed to investigate whether GH and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) excess could lead to the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia and/or prostatic carcinoma. Prostatic diameters and volume as well as the occurrence of prostatic diseases were studied by ultrasonography in 10 untreated acromegalic patients less than 40 yr of age(More)
Reduced bone mineral density (BMD) has been reported in patients with isolated GH deficiency (GHD) or with multiple pituitary hormone deficiencies (MPHD). To investigate whether the severity of GHD was correlated with the degree of bone mass and turnover impairment, we evaluated BMD at the lumbar spine and femoral neck; circulating insulin-like growth(More)
The usefulness of a recent color Doppler (CD) ultrasonography technique, named power Doppler (PD), was evaluated in the diagnosis of thyroid nodules showing low or absent uptake of (99m)Tc-pertechnetate, in order to investigate the possibility to improve the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasonography. The rationale was the evidence that at PD the color map(More)