Stense Farholt

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CONTEXT Recombinant human GH (rhGH) therapy in Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) has been used by the medical community and advocated by parental support groups since its approval in the United States in 2000 and in Europe in 2001. Its use in PWS represents a unique therapeutic challenge that includes treating individuals with cognitive disability, varied(More)
CONTEXT Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a genetic disease associated with hypogonadism and partial GH insufficiency, possibly explained in part by a hypothalamic dysfunction. Partial insufficiency of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis has recently been suggested. OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to further explore the HPA axis in PWS by(More)
Chlamydia pneumoniae has been associated with atherosclerosis, although no causal association has been established. Employing culture and polymerase chain reaction in aortic valves with calcific and degenerative arteriosclerotic changes from 23 non-consecutive patients undergoing aortic valve replacement, C. pneumoniae was not detected in any of the valves.(More)
The relationship between semen quality, pyospermia and bacteriology was studied in 201 semen specimens from male patients attending a fertility clinic. Semen quality parameters were within normal limits in 115 (57%) patients, slightly reduced in 60 (30%), and 26 (13%) had findings indicating reduced fertility. Twelve patients (6%) had pyospermia. In 182(More)
BACKGROUND The Neisseria Unit at Statens Serum Institut (SSI), Copenhagen, Denmark administers laboratory surveillance systems for gonorrhea and chlamydia, however, no similar system has been available for trichomoniasis. OBJECTIVES To describe changes in the occurrence of trichomoniasis in women and in the distribution according to age, and to compare(More)
BACKGROUND Some patients with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) have symptoms of constipation, but bowel function in PWS has never been systematically evaluated. The aim of the present study was to describe colorectal function in PWS by means of validated techniques. METHODS Twenty-one patients with PWS (14 women, age 17-47 (median = 32)) were evaluated with(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate glucose homeostasis in relation to body mass index (BMI) in adults with PWS before and after GH therapy. DESIGN We prospectively investigated the effects of a 12-month GH treatment on body composition and glucose homeostasis in relation to BMI in 39 adults, mean (±SD) age=28.6 (6.5) years with genetically verified PWS. We(More)
To evaluate serum sex hormone profiles in nonalcoholic postmenopausal women with liver disease, 25 women with primary biliary cirrhosis (11 in cirrhotic stage) and 46 healthy controls were studied. The patients had significantly (p less than 0.05) elevated serum concentrations of estrone and androstenedione and significantly (p less than 0.05) lower(More)
Because of the beneficial effect of estrogens on the risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, the factors which influence endogenous postmenopausal estrogen levels are of substantial importance. The major source of postmenopausal estrogen is the aromatization of androgens to estrogens. Because alcohol is reported to increase(More)
BACKGROUND Bone mineral density (BMD) in adult patients with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) might be low due to high bone turnover. OBJECTIVES The objective of the study was to investigate bone mass in a group of adult PWS subjects and study the effects of GH treatment on BMD and markers of bone turnover. DESIGN Forty-six adults with genetically verified(More)