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Patients with acromegaly have a reduced life expectancy, with the accepted causes for premature death being vascular and respiratory disease. Increased mortality from malignant disease has also been reported. We, therefore, performed a multicenter retrospective cohort study of 1362 patients with acromegaly and investigated the relationships of mortality and(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was carried out to examine the neuropsychological status of patients treated for pituitary tumour by transfrontal surgery, transphenoidal surgery or medical treatment only, with or without radiotherapy. DESIGN AND MEASUREMENTS Three groups of 23 patients who had been treated for pituitary tumour were compared with 23 healthy controls(More)
OBJECTIVES We wished to compare peak and incremental rise in plasma cortisol in response to insulin induced hypoglycaemia (IIH) stress test, i.m. glucagon stimulation test (IMGST) and short Synacthen test (SST) in patients with pituitary disease, using a modern radioimmunoassay for cortisol. We compared the three stimulants using receiver operator(More)
OBJECTIVE Studies of mood in hypopituitary adults have yielded inconsistent results. This investigation was carried out to investigate whether treatment characteristics may be responsible for the inconsistent results. DESIGN AND MEASUREMENTS We compared three groups of patients with a group of matched healthy controls on self-report measures of mood and(More)
Gigantism results when a growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma is present before epiphyseal fusion. In 1909, when Harvey Cushing examined the skeleton of an Irish patient who lived from 1761 to 1783, he noted an enlarged pituitary fossa. We extracted DNA from the patient's teeth and identified a germline mutation in the aryl hydrocarbon-interacting(More)
OBJECTIVE The association between thin skin and osteoporosis has been known for some years. We wished to assess a simple measure of skinfold thickness (SFT) as a screening test for osteoporosis and to study the effect of chronological and menopausal age on SFT in a group of osteoporotic women and normal controls. DESIGN A case control study of 225(More)
CONTEXT Familial isolated pituitary adenoma (FIPA) due to aryl hydrocarbon receptor interacting protein (AIP) gene mutations is an autosomal dominant disease with incomplete penetrance. Clinical screening of apparently unaffected AIP mutation (AIPmut) carriers could identify previously unrecognized disease. OBJECTIVE To determine the AIP mutational status(More)
OBJECTIVE Our clinical practice has been to offer treatment with cyclical disodium etidronate and high dose calcium supplements (1500-1600 mg/day) to all female patients with osteoporosis who are unable or unwilling to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and male osteoporotics. In a retrospective study we compared the effect of this treatment on(More)
We present a 45 year old female who was initially seen by Rheumatologist with long standing knee pain affecting her mobility. She was found to be severely hypercalcaemic and exhibited features suggestive of parathyroid carcinoma (palpable neck mass, extremely high parathyroid hormone, high alkaline phosphatase, concomitant presence of renal disease and(More)
In vitro studies have shown that insulin and IGF-1 releases the fibrinolytic inhibitor plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) from cells of hepatic origin. To investigate the effects of IGF-1 on fibrinolysis: 1) cultured hepatoma cells were grown in the presence of IGF-1 and media collected for secreted PAI-1 and cells probed for PAI-1 mRNA, 2) 8(More)