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BACKGROUND Evidence suggests that occult adenoma remnants are responsible for persistent Cushing's disease (CD) following transsphenoidal surgery (TSS). To optimize the outcome, we have adapted our microsurgical concept. The influence of our surgical strategy on remission rate and pituitary function is presented. DESIGN AND PATIENTS 83 patients undergoing(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a disease-specific questionnaire for Cushing's disease (CD), the Tuebingen Cushing's disease quality of life inventory (Tuebingen CD-25). METHODS Sources for item generation consisted of technical literature, interviews with patients and the rating of neurosurgeons, endocrinologists and a neuropsychologist. A preliminary inventory(More)
OBJECTIVE In part I of the study, a health-related quality of life (HRQoL) inventory for Cushing's disease (CD), the Tuebingen Cushing-25 quality of life inventory (Tuebingen CD-25) was developed. In this second part, we aimed to assess normative data from healthy controls (HC) with which the individual patients' scores can be compared. DESIGN(More)
BACKGROUND Hypothyroidism is a common endocrine disorder which is easily treatable by an appropriate thyroid hormone replacement therapy in the majority of patients. In some patients, hypothyroidism is refractory to oral levothyroxine substitution. Common causes of lack of response to levothyroxine replacement comprise non-compliance and impaired(More)
We have studied the recovery of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis from inhibition by short-term, intravenous high-dose, corticosteroid therapy (IVHDCT) without subsequent oral replacement therapy in 10 patients with relapsing-remitting or progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) using the human corticotrophin-releasing hormone (hCRH) test. There was(More)
A 57-year-old male patient suffering from dramatically deteriorating diffuse and focal central nervous system symptoms was admitted to hospital after a short prodromal period in a somnolent state. He was diagnosed as having systemic vasculitis positive for circulating anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies, primarily involving the brain, but also most other(More)
CONTEXT 17alpha-Hydroxylase/17,20-lyase deficiency, a rare autosomal recessive form of congenital adrenal hyperplasia, is caused by mutations in the cytochrome P450c17 (CYP17) gene. We report on a case of complete 17alpha-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase deficiency due to a novel homozygous mutation of CYP17. DESIGN A 20-yr-old female Turkish patient (46,XX)(More)
UNLABELLED HISTORY, CLINICAL FINDINGS: A 72-year-old dehydrated female was admitted to our emergency department. She presented with a decreased level of consciousness and had experienced a fall. Her medication included hydrochlorothiazide and amiloride. DIAGNOSTIC Laboratory findings showed a severe hyponatremia with a serum sodium concentration of 107(More)
HISTORY AND ADMISSION FINDINGS A 51-year-old woman was admitted from a mental institution for evaluation of hypercalcemia. She was treated with lithium for a bipolar disorder since 25 years. She complained of polydypsia and polyuria. The physical examination findings were unremarkable up to manic symptoms. INVESTIGATIONS Laboratory values showed elevated(More)