Joanna Smyczynska

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OBJECTIVE Growth hormone (GH) secretion is characterized by a pulsatile, circadian rhythm, with the highest concentrations at night hours. Evaluation of nocturnal GH secretion may be truncated to 6 hours. Growth hormone stimulating tests are the standard method of assessment of GH secretion. In Poland, the assessment of GH peak during 2 hours after falling(More)
OBJECTIVE The diagnosis of growth hormone (GH) deficiency (GHD) is routinely based on the results of two stimulating tests performed with different stimuli. Arbitrarily established, equal cutoff levels for the tests with different pharmacological stimuli, as well as a relatively high incidence of falsely decreased (FD) response in the tests have been(More)
OBJECTIVE Pregnancy increases the demand for vitamins, including vitamin D. Data on effects of vitamin D deficiency for pregnant woman and fetus available in Poland are scarce. The aim of this study was to evaluate vitamin D3 concentration in pregnant women and its influence on pregnancy course, health of pregnant women and their offspring. PATIENTS AND(More)
BACKGROUND Normal thyroid hormone secretion or appropriate L-thyroxine (L-T4) substitution is necessary for the optimal effect of the growth hormone (GH) administration on growth rate. The decrease of free thyroxine (FT4) levels at recombinant human GH (rhGH) therapy onset has been reported in several studies. The aim of the present study was to evaluate(More)
A relationship between melatonin and growth hormone (GH) is poorly understood. We compare circadian melatonin rhythms in short children with normal and decreased GH secretion. The analysis included 22 children (20 boys and 2 girls) aged 11.1-16.9 yr (mean +/- S.E.M. = 14.1 +/- 0.3 yr) with short stature (height SDS below -2.0). Based on the GH peak in(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) are suggested to be caused by the same metabolic disorder. Defects in gut hormone-dependent regulation of beta-cell function (entero-insular axis) have been proposed to contribute to the pathogenesis of DM2. The aim of study was to evaluate whether an impaired(More)
BACKGROUND The role of endogenous ghrelin in the growth process of children is unclear. The aim of the present study was to assess ghrelin concentrations in children with growth hormone deficiency (GHD), neurosecretory dysfunction (NSD) and idiopathic short stature (ISS) in comparison to healthy controls. MATERIAL One hundred and forty seven children (61(More)
INTRODUCTION Assessment of growth hormone (GH) secretion is based on stimulation tests. Low GH peaks in stimulation tests, together with decreased insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) secretion, confirm a diagnosis of GH deficiency (GHD). However, limitations in interpreting the test results and discrepancies between GH and IGF-I secretion in particular(More)
INTRODUCTION The symptoms of GH deficiency (GHD) in adults include: abnormalities in body composition, unfavourable lipid profile, early atherosclerosis and impaired quality of life. The aim of the study was the selection of patients with confirmed severe GHD from among all the children treated due to GHD, who could benefit from GH therapy continuation in(More)
INTRODUCTION Prolactin (Prl) is secreted in a circadian pattern, although no method of interpreting it has yet been established. The aim of the study was to assess Prl secretion in children on the basis of the Prl circadian profile and to establish principles for the interpretation of the results obtained by this method. MATERIAL AND METHODS The analysis(More)