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Arch. endocrinol. metab. (Online) ; 66(1): 92-96, Jan.-Feb. 2022. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1364301

ABSTRACT

SUMMARY We report a rare case of Cushing's syndrome in a 37-year-old female who initially presented with localized acinic cell carcinoma of the parotid gland. In January 2014, she underwent a right parotidectomy with facial nerve preservation and adjuvant radiotherapy. In August 2018, she presented a histologically-proven local regional relapse. The patient was considered for salvage surgery with facial nerve sacrifice and remained with no evidence of disease. One year later the patient developed pulmonary dissemination and started to gain weight and developed facial plethora and acne on the face and upper trunk. In a physical examination, the patient presented moon face, buffalo hump, acne and stage 2 hypertension. Biochemical evaluation confirmed ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome. IHC for ACTH in the lung biopsy revealed strong positive staining for ACTH confirming a diagnosis of ectopic ACTH secretion by a metastatic parotid acinic cell carcinoma. Ketoconazole (600 mg/d) was started to treat the CS. In addition, as chemotherapy was initiated to treat the metastatic disease. After the fifth cycle of chemotherapy, ketoconazole was suspended and the patient remained in remission of CS for four months, when CS recurred. A unique feature of this case is related to the clinical CS relapse associated with disease progression, which needed prompt treatment with ketoconazole, resulting in a significant improvement in the patient's condition. Although rare, should be attentive for possible CS features in patients with high-grade salivary gland carcinomas, since the diagnosis of ectopic secretion of ACTH may significantly impact their management and outcomes.


Subject(s)
Humans , Female , Adult , ACTH Syndrome, Ectopic/complications , ACTH Syndrome, Ectopic/diagnosis , Parotid Neoplasms/complications , Carcinoma/complications , Cushing Syndrome/diagnosis , Cushing Syndrome/etiology , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone , Neoplasm Recurrence, Local
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Arch. endocrinol. metab. (Online) ; 65(4): 512-516, July-Aug. 2021. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1339101

ABSTRACT

SUMMARY Cyclic Cushing's syndrome (CS) due to thymic carcinoid is a rare disorder. We report a case of cyclic CS due to ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-secreting atypical thymic carcinoid tumor and reviewed similar cases published in the literature. Our patient had hypercortisolemia lasting approximately one month, followed by normal cortisol secretion, with relapse one year later. Histopathology revealed an atypical ACTH-positive thymic carcinoid. Ectopic CS can be derived from atypical thymic carcinoids, which can be aggressive tumors with early relapse, suggesting that this type of tumor probably needs aggressive treatment.


Subject(s)
Humans , Thymus Neoplasms/diagnostic imaging , ACTH Syndrome, Ectopic , Carcinoid Tumor , Cushing Syndrome/etiology , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone , Neoplasm Recurrence, Local
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Braz. J. Vet. Res. Anim. Sci. (Online) ; 57(2): e167299, mai. 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS, VETINDEX | ID: biblio-1122175

ABSTRACT

The hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis function may be impaired in patients with critical illnesses, especially cases of sepsis, named critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency (CIRCI). This study examined the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in normal dogs (n = 10) and dogs with critical diseases (n = 16), through determinations of endogenous ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), basal cortisol and cortisol after stimulation in low doses of synthetic ACTH (1.0µg/kg/IV). The stimulation test with ACTH dose tested was verified as effective for evaluation of adrenal function in healthy and sick dogs. Ill dogs differed from healthy dogs by presenting higher basal cortisol values. Eight sick dogs presented a decrease in endogenous ACTH, basal cortisol, or Δ-cortisol. No significant differences were found between the control groups and critically ill dogs for the values of endogenous ACTH, cortisol after stimulation or Δ-cortisol. We concluded that the stimulation test with low-dose ACTH was effective for evaluation of adrenal function, as well as the fact that a considerable portion of critically ill dogs studied here, especially with sepsis, had evidence of inadequate corticosteroid response to stress.(AU)


A função do eixo hipotálamo-hipófise-adrenal pode estar comprometida em pacientes com doenças críticas, em especial casos de sepse, sendo nomeada de Insuficiência Corticosteroide Relacionada à Doença Crítica (ICRDC). O presente trabalho analisou a função do eixo hipotálamo-hipófise-adrenal em cães normais (n=10) e cães portadores de doenças críticas (n=16), por meio de determinações de ACTH (hormônio adrenocorticotrófico) endógeno, de cortisol basal e de cortisol após estímulo com baixa dose de ACTH sintético (1,0µg/kg/IV). Constatou-se que o teste de estimulação com ACTH na dose testada se mostrou eficaz para avaliação da função adrenal em cães sadios e doentes. Os cães doentes diferiram dos sadios ao apresentar valores maiores de cortisol basal. Oito cães doentes apresentaram diminuição do ACTH endógeno, do cortisol basal ou do Δ-cortisol. Não foram encontradas diferenças significativas entre os grupos Controle e Criticamente enfermos para os valores de ACTH endógeno, cortisol após estimulação ou Δ-cortisol. Concluiu-se que o teste de estimulação com baixa dose de ACTH mostrou-se eficaz para avaliação da função adrenal, assim como, uma parcela considerável da população de cães críticos aqui estudados, em especial com sepse, apresentaram evidências de resposta corticosteroide inadequada frente ao estresse.(AU)


Subject(s)
Animals , Dogs , Cosyntropin/administration & dosage , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone , Sepsis/complications , Glucocorticoids/therapeutic use , Hypothalamo-Hypophyseal System/physiopathology , Catastrophic Illness
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Rev. chil. pediatr ; 90(6): 598-605, dic. 2019. tab
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-1058190

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCCIÓN: La radioterapia, quimioterapia y la cirugía empleada en el tratamiento de los tumores cerebrales tienen efectos en el eje hipotálamo-hipofisario y pueden resultar en disfunción endocrina hasta en el 96% de los casos. PACIENTES Y MÉTODO: Estudio retrospectivo y descriptivo en pacientes diagnos ticados de meduloblastoma sometidos a tratamiento con quimio y radioterapia en los últimos 20 años en un hospital terciario. Se analizan variables edad, sexo, peso, talla, índice de masa corporal (IMC) al final del seguimiento, estadio de maduración sexual, niveles séricos de TSH y T4 libre, ACTH/cortisol e IGF-1, FSH, LH, estradiol, testosterona, perfil lipídico (colesterol total) y prueba de función dinámica de hormona de crecimiento. RESULTADOS: Muestra total de 23 pacientes. El déficit de hormona de crecimiento es la secuela más frecuente (82 %) seguido de disfunción ti roidea (44,8%) y disfunción puberal (24,1%). Solo se diagnosticó un caso de diabetes insípida y 2 casos de déficit de corticotrofina. CONCLUSIONES: El seguimiento a largo plazo de los supervivientes de meduloblastoma tratados con quimio y radioterapia revela una prevalencia muy alta de disfun ción endocrina, particularmente de deficiencia de hormona del crecimiento y de hipotiroidismo. Creemos oportuna la monitorización y el seguimiento a largo plazo de estos pacientes con el fin de garantizar un manejo terapéutico adecuado de aquellas disfunciones tratables.


INTRODUCTION: Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery used to treat brain tumors have effects on the hy pothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and can result in endocrine dysfunction in up to 96% of cases. PATIENTS Y METHOD: Retrospective and descriptive study in patients diagnosed with medulloblasto ma who underwent treatment with chemo and radiotherapy in the last 20 years in a tertiary hospital. The variables analyzed were age, sex, weight, height, body mass index (BMI) at the end of follow-up, sexual maturity stage, serum levels of TSH and free T4, ACTH/cortisol and IGF-1, FSH, LH, estradiol, testosterone, lipid profile (total cholesterol), and growth hormone dynamic function test. RESULTS: Total sample of 23 patients. Growth hormone deficiency is the most frequent sequelae (82%) fo llowed by thyroid dysfunction (44.8%), and disorders of puberty (24.1%). Only one case of diabetes insipidus and two cases of corticotropin deficiency were diagnosed. CONCLUSIONS: Long-term follow- up of medulloblastoma survivors treated with chemo and radiotherapy reveals a very high prevalence of endocrine dysfunction, especially growth hormone deficiency and hypothyroidism. We believe that monitoring and long-term follow-up of these patients is necessary in order to ensure adequate therapeutic management of those treatable dysfunctions.


Subject(s)
Humans , Male , Female , Child, Preschool , Child , Cerebellar Neoplasms/therapy , Chemoradiotherapy/adverse effects , Medulloblastoma/therapy , Puberty, Precocious/etiology , Thyroid Diseases/etiology , Cerebellar Neoplasms/blood , Retrospective Studies , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone/deficiency , Human Growth Hormone/deficiency , Diabetes Insipidus/etiology , Endocrine System Diseases/etiology , Overweight/etiology , Cancer Survivors , Hypogonadism/etiology , Medulloblastoma/blood
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Int. braz. j. urol ; 45(3): 503-513, May-June 2019. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1012320

ABSTRACT

ABSTRACT Purpose: The purposes of the present study were to evaluate growth rate of nonfunctioning adrenal incidentalomas (AIs) and their development to hormonal hypersecretion on follow-up. Materials and methods: A retrospective study was conducted from the electronic medical records. A total of 314 patients were diagnosed with adrenal tumors between 2000 and 2016. After excluding patients who had overt adrenal endocrine disorders or whose adrenal tumors were clinically diagnosed as metastatic malignancies, we investigated 108 patients with nonfunctioning AIs including characteristics, the treatment, the way of follow-up and pathology. Results: Fifteen patients received immediate adrenalectomy because of the initial tumor size or patient's preference. Pathological examination revealed malignancy in 2 patients. In the remaining 93 patients, radiological examinations were performed periodically. Tumor enlargement of ≥ 1.0cm was observed in 8.6% of the patients who were followed up as nonfunctioning AIs with a median follow-up period of 61.5 months (range: 4-192). Eleven patients underwent adrenalectomy. On the pathological examinations, all of the tumors, which showed a size increase, were diagnosed as benign tumors. Regarding the followed up patients without adrenalectomy, only 2.4% of the patients had tumor enlargement during the prolonged follow-up. Furthermore, none of the patients developed hormonal hypersecretion or clinical signs such as obesity, glucose intolerance or poorly controlled hypertension. Conclusions: Tumor enlargement of AIs did not correlate with malignancy. The value of repeat radiological and hormonal examinations may be limited in the long-term follow-up of patients whose AIs are not enlarged.


Subject(s)
Humans , Male , Female , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Adrenal Cortex Hormones/blood , Adrenal Gland Neoplasms/metabolism , Adrenal Gland Neoplasms/diagnostic imaging , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone/blood , Reference Values , Time Factors , Magnetic Resonance Imaging , Tomography, X-Ray Computed , Retrospective Studies , Follow-Up Studies , Adrenal Gland Neoplasms/pathology , Adrenalectomy/methods , Statistics, Nonparametric , Tumor Burden , Middle Aged
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Arch. endocrinol. metab. (Online) ; 63(2): 175-181, Mar.-Apr. 2019. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1001221

ABSTRACT

SUMMARY Cushing's syndrome (CS) is an uncommon condition that leads to high morbidity and mortality. The majority of endogenous CS is caused by excessive ACTH secretion, mainly due to a pituitary tumor - the so-called Cushing's disease (CD) - followed by ectopic ACTH syndrome (EAS), an extra-pituitary tumor that produces ACTH; adrenal causes of CS are even rarer. Several methods are used to differentiate the two main etiologies: specific laboratory tests and imaging procedures, and bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BIPSS) for ACTH determination; however, identification of the source of ACTH overproduction is often a challenge. We report the case of a 28-year-old woman with clinical and laboratory findings consistent with ACTH-dependent CS. All tests were mostly definite, but several confounding factors provoked an extended delay in identifying the origin of ACTH secretion, prompting a worsening of her clinical condition, with difficulty controlling hyperglycemia, hypokalemia, and hypertension. During this period, clinical treatment was decisive, and measurement of morning salivary cortisol was a differential for monitoring cortisol levels. This report shows that clinical reasoning, experience and use of recent methods of nuclear medicine were decisive for the elucidation of the case.


Subject(s)
Humans , Female , Adult , ACTH Syndrome, Ectopic/diagnosis , Carcinoma, Neuroendocrine/diagnostic imaging , Lung Neoplasms/diagnostic imaging , Saliva/metabolism , ACTH Syndrome, Ectopic/etiology , Hydrocortisone/blood , Petrosal Sinus Sampling , Carcinoma, Neuroendocrine/complications , Carcinoma, Neuroendocrine/diagnosis , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone/blood , Diagnosis, Differential , Positron Emission Tomography Computed Tomography , Lung Neoplasms/complications , Lung Neoplasms/diagnosis
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Rev. Soc. Bras. Clín. Méd ; 17(1): 35-37, jan.-mar. 2019. graf., tab.
Article in Portuguese | LILACS | ID: biblio-1026181

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A doença de Addison é uma endocrinopatia rara, de etiologia autoimune. É caracterizada por défice na secreção de glicocorticoides e mineralocorticoides. A esclerose múltipla consiste em patologia neurológica, de origem autoimune, que resulta na desmielinização da bainha de mielina. O objetivo deste relato foi demonstrar a associação rara entre essas duas patologias e suas possíveis relações imunológicas. A paciente analisada é do sexo feminino, 41 anos, portadora de esclerose múltipla, que posteriormente foi diagnosticada com insuficiência adrenal primária. (AU)


Addison's disease is a rare endocrinopathy of autoimmune etiology. It is characterized by a secretion's deficit of glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids. Multiple sclerosis is a neurological pathology of autoimmune origin, which results in demyelination of the myelin sheath. The purpose of this report is to demonstrate the uncommon association between these two pathologies and their possible immunological relationships. The analyzed patient is a woman, 41 years old, with multiple sclerosis, who was later diagnosed with primary adrenal insufficiency. (AU)


Subject(s)
Humans , Female , Adult , Addison Disease/diagnosis , Multiple Sclerosis/diagnosis , Potassium/blood , Asthenia , Autoimmune Diseases/diagnosis , Sodium/blood , Vomiting , Immunoglobulins/therapeutic use , Hydrocortisone/blood , Prednisone/therapeutic use , Addison Disease/complications , Addison Disease/genetics , Addison Disease/drug therapy , Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy , Tomography , Weight Loss , Abdominal Pain , Hyperpigmentation , Adrenal Cortex Hormones/therapeutic use , Adrenal Insufficiency/diagnostic imaging , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone/blood , Diagnosis, Differential , Glucocorticoids/therapeutic use , Glucose Tolerance Test , Hypoglycemia/etiology , Hyponatremia/etiology , Hypotension/etiology , Immunologic Factors/therapeutic use , Multiple Sclerosis/genetics , Multiple Sclerosis/drug therapy , Nausea
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Arq. bras. cardiol ; 112(1): 67-75, Jan. 2019. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-973833

ABSTRACT

Abstract Background: Prenatal stress may increase risk of developing cardiovascular disorders in adulthood. The cardiotoxic effects of catecholamines are mediated via prolonged adrenergic receptor stimulation and increased oxidative stress upon their degradation by monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A). Objectives: We investigated long-term effects of prenatal stress on β (1, 2, 3) adrenergic receptors and MAO-A gene expression in the hearts of adult rat offspring. Methods: Pregnant rats were exposed to unpredictable mild stress during the third week of gestation. RNA was isolated from left ventricular apex and base of adult offspring. Quantitative PCR was used to measure gene expression in collected ventricular tissue samples. The level of significance was set to p < 0.05. Results: β3 adrenergic receptor mRNA was undetectable in rat left ventricle. β1 adrenergic receptor was the predominantly expressed subtype at the apical and basal left ventricular myocardium in the control females. Male offspring from unstressed mothers displayed higher apical cardiac β1 than β2 adrenergic receptor mRNA levels. However, β1 and β2 adrenergic receptor mRNAs were similarly expressed at the ventricular basal myocardium in males. Unlike males, prenatally stressed females exhibited decreased β1 adrenergic receptor mRNA expression at the apical myocardium. Prenatal stress did not affect cardiac MAO-A gene expression. Conclusions: Collectively, our results show that prenatal stress may have exerted region- and sex-specific β1 and β2 adrenergic receptor expression patterns within the left ventricle.


Resumo Fundamento: Estresse pré-natal pode aumentar os riscos de desenvolver doenças cardiovasculares na idade adulta. Os efeitos cardiotóxicos de catecolaminas são mediados pela estimulação prolongada dos receptores adrenérgicos e pelo aumento do estresse oxidativo após sua degradação pela monoamina oxidase A (MAO-A). Objetivos: Investigamos os efeitos a longo prazo de estresse pré-natal nos receptores β (1, 2, 3) adrenérgicos e na expressão do gene MAO-A nos corações da prole adulta de ratos. Método: Ratas prenhes foram expostas a estresse crônico moderado imprevisível durante a terceira semana de gestação. O RNA foi isolado do ápice e da base do ventrículo esquerdo da prole adulta. Utilizou-se PCR quantitativa em tempo real para medir a expressão gênica nas amostras de tecido ventricular coletadas. O nível de significância foi estabelecido em p < 0,05. Resultados: Foi indetectável o mRNA do receptor adrenérgico β3 no ventrículo esquerdo dos ratos. O receptor adrenérgico β1 foi o subtipo mais expresso no miocárdio ventricular esquerdo apical e basal nas fêmeas controle. A prole masculina das mães não estressadas apresentou níveis cardíacos apicais de mRNA do receptor adrenérgico β1 mais altos do que os de β2. Porém, mRNAs dos receptores adrenérgicos β1 e β2 foram expressos de forma semelhante no miocárdio basal ventricular na prole masculina em geral. Ao contrário da prole masculina, a prole feminina exposta ao estresse pré-natal exibiu uma expressão diminuída do mRNA do receptor adrenérgico β1 no miocárdio apical. O estresse pré-natal não afetou a expressão gênica de MAO-A cardíaca. Conclusões: Coletivamente, nossos resultados mostram que estresse pré-natal pode ter exercido padrões de expressão região- e sexo-específica dos receptores adrenérgicos β1 e β2 no ventrículo esquerdo.


Subject(s)
Animals , Female , Pregnancy , Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects/metabolism , Stress, Psychological/metabolism , Pregnancy, Animal/psychology , Receptors, Adrenergic, beta/analysis , Monoamine Oxidase/analysis , Myocardium/metabolism , Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects/psychology , Reference Values , Stress, Psychological/genetics , Time Factors , RNA, Messenger/analysis , Cardiovascular Diseases/etiology , Cardiovascular Diseases/metabolism , Cardiovascular Diseases/psychology , Gene Expression , Sex Factors , Receptors, Adrenergic, beta/genetics , Rats, Wistar , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone/blood , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction , Heart Ventricles/metabolism , Monoamine Oxidase/genetics , Mothers/psychology
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-788742

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OBJECTIVE: Silent corticotroph adenomas (SCA) are endocrine-inactive pituitary adenomas with positive immunohistochemistry staining for adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). We investigated whether SCA-associated clinical profiles were more aggressive than hormonally negative adenomas (HNA).METHODS: Among 627 patients with pathologically proven endocrine-inactive pituitary adenomas between 2004 and 2013, positive immunohistochemistry revealed 55 SCAs and 411 HNAs. Surgical outcomes and radiological and endocrinological characteristics were compared.RESULTS: Strong female predominance was observed in the SCA group (p<0.001). Cavernous sinus invasion was identified in 22 (40%) SCA patients and 72 (17.6%) HNA patients (p<0.001). There were no differences in ACTH or cortisol levels between the two groups. The incidence of preoperative hypopituitarism and postoperative hormonal outcome did not differ between two groups. Total resection was achieved in 35 patients (63.7%) with SCA and 332 patients (80.8%) with HNA (p=0.007). When tumors were completely removed, recurrence rates were not statistically different between two groups (p=0.60). When complete resection was not achieved, tumors regrew from these remnants in seven patients (35.0%) with SCA and 12 patients (15.2%) with HNA (p=0.05).CONCLUSION: Total surgical resection for SCA is often challenging as these tumors frequently invade a cavernous sinus. Early remnant tumor intervention is justified, because untreated residual pituitary tumors regrow when patients were followed up for a long time. Prophylactic radiotherapy is not warranted for completely resected SCAs as tumor recurrence is uncommon.


Subject(s)
ACTH-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma , Adenoma , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone , Cavernous Sinus , Corticotrophs , Female , Humans , Hydrocortisone , Hypopituitarism , Immunohistochemistry , Incidence , Pituitary Neoplasms , Radiotherapy , Recurrence
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Singapore medical journal ; : 140-144, 2019.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-776999

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INTRODUCTION@#Epidural steroid injections are an integral part of nonsurgical management of radicular pain from lumbar spine disorders. We studied the effect of dexamethasone 8 mg epidural injections on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and serum glucose control of Asian patients.@*METHODS@#18 patients were recruited: six diabetics and 12 non-diabetics. Each patient received a total of dexamethasone 8 mg mixed with a local anaesthetic solution of lignocaine or bupivacaine, delivered into the epidural space. Levels of plasma cortisol, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), serum glucose after an overnight fast and two-hour postprandial glucose, as well as weight, body mass index, blood pressure and heart rate were measured within one week prior to the procedure (baseline) and at one, seven and 21 days after the procedure.@*RESULTS@#Median fasting blood glucose levels were significantly higher on post-procedure Day 1 than at baseline. However, there was no significant change in median two-hour postprandial blood glucose from baseline levels. At seven and 21 days, there was no significant difference in fasting or two-hour postprandial glucose levels. Both ACTH and serum cortisol were significantly reduced on Day 1 compared to baseline in all patients. There was no significant difference in ACTH and serum cortisol levels from baseline at Days 7 and 21.@*CONCLUSION@#Our study shows that epidural steroid injections with dexamethasone have a real, albeit limited, side effect on glucose and cortisol homeostasis in an Asian population presenting with lower back pain or sciatica.


Subject(s)
Adrenocorticotropic Hormone , Blood , Adult , Aged , Blood Glucose , Body Mass Index , Dexamethasone , Therapeutic Uses , Diabetes Mellitus , Therapeutics , Endocrine System , Female , Glucocorticoids , Humans , Hydrocortisone , Blood , Hypothalamo-Hypophyseal System , Injections, Epidural , Methods , Male , Middle Aged , Pituitary-Adrenal System , Postprandial Period , Singapore , Young Adult
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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-813012

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Cushing's syndrome is a clinically common type of clinical syndrome caused by excessive glucocorticoids. It can be divided into adrenocorticotropic-dependent and independent types according to its etiology. A female patient with Cushing's syndrome is reported to have a clinical manifestation of mild full moon face, masculinization of androgen increase, deeper skin color, elevated blood pressure, and pulmonary infection. The cause is unknown. Radiographic examination indicated that pituitary tumor and adrenal tumors did not exist. Chest enhancement CT examination revealed that the lesion was in the thymus. Thoracoscopy was performed to remove the tumor. Since wound infection occurred after operation, a variety of antibiotics were used for anti-infective treatment, and the wound gradually healed. After 21 months of follow-up, the above symptoms disappeared completely and the prognosis was good in the near future. Postoperative pathological diagnosis was thymic neuroendocrine carcinoma. This is a typical case that the thymoma ectopically secrets adrenocorticotropic hormone, which leads to Cushing's syndrome, referring to ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone syndrome.


Subject(s)
ACTH Syndrome, Ectopic , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone , Cushing Syndrome , Female , Humans , Thymoma , Thymus Neoplasms
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Acta Physiologica Sinica ; (6): 824-832, 2019.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-781393

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Drugs of abuse leads to adaptive changes in the brain stress system, and produces negative affective states including aversion and anxiety after drug use is terminated. Corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) is the main transmitter in control of response to stressors and is neuronal enriched in the central amygdala (CeA), a sub-region of the extended amygdala playing an important role in integrating emotional information and modulating stress response. The effect of CRH neurons in CeA on the negative emotions on morphine naïve and withdrawal mice is unclear. Thus, we utilized CRH-Cre transgenic mice injected with AAV-mediated Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated By Designer Drugs (DREADDs) to chemogenetically manipulate CRH neurons in CeA. And methods of behavior analysis, including conditioned place aversion (CPA), elevated plus maze and locomotor activity tests, were used to investigate morphine withdrawal-induced negative emotions in mice. The results showed that, inhibiting CRH neurons of CeA decreased the formation of morphine withdrawal-induced CPA, as well as the anxiety level of CRH-Cre mice. Furthermore, specifically activating CRH neurons in CeA evoked CPA and anxiety of morphine naïve mice. Neither inhibiting nor activating CRH neurons had effects on their locomotor activity. These results suggest that CRH neurons in CeA are involved in the mediation of morphine withdrawal-induced negative emotion in mice, providing a theoretical basis for drug addiction and relapse mechanism.


Subject(s)
Adrenocorticotropic Hormone , Animals , Central Amygdaloid Nucleus , Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone , Metabolism , Emotions , Physiology , Mice , Morphine , Metabolism , Neurons , Metabolism
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-765968

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) often report poor sleep quality. Whether poor sleep is associated with tryptophan (Trp) metabolites is unknown. We compared serum Trp metabolites in women with IBS and healthy controls (HCs) using targeted liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS)-based profiling. In IBS only, we explored whether Trp metabolites are associated with IBS symptoms and subjective and objective sleep indices, serum cortisol, plasma adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), and cortisol/ACTH levels. METHODS: Blood samples were obtained every 80 minutes in 21 HCs and 38 IBS subjects following an anticipation-of-public-speaking stressor during a sleep laboratory protocol. Subjects completed symptom diaries for 28 days. Adjacent values of metabolites were averaged to represent 4 time-periods: awake, early sleep, mid-sleep, and mid-to-late sleep. Thirteen of 20 targeted Trp metabolites were identified. RESULTS: Ten of 13 Trp metabolites decreased across the night, while nicotinamide increased in both groups. A MANOVA omnibus test performed after principal component analysis showed a significant difference in these 13 principal component (P = 0.014) between groups. Compared to HCs, nicotinamide levels were higher and indole-3-lactic acid levels lower in the IBS group. Melatonin and indole-3-acetic acid levels were associated with several subjective/objective sleep measures; decreased stool consistency/frequency and abdominal pain were positively associated with melatonin and serotonin in the IBS group. The kynurenine and kynurenic acid were associated with ACTH (positively) and cortisol/ACTH (negatively). CONCLUSIONS: Nighttime Trp metabolites may provide clues to poor sleep and stress with IBS. Further study of the mechanism of metabolite action is warranted.


Subject(s)
Abdominal Pain , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone , Chromatography, Liquid , Female , Humans , Hydrocortisone , Irritable Bowel Syndrome , Kynurenic Acid , Kynurenine , Mass Spectrometry , Melatonin , Niacinamide , Plasma , Principal Component Analysis , Serotonin , Tryptophan
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-765313

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OBJECTIVE: Silent corticotroph adenomas (SCA) are endocrine-inactive pituitary adenomas with positive immunohistochemistry staining for adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). We investigated whether SCA-associated clinical profiles were more aggressive than hormonally negative adenomas (HNA). METHODS: Among 627 patients with pathologically proven endocrine-inactive pituitary adenomas between 2004 and 2013, positive immunohistochemistry revealed 55 SCAs and 411 HNAs. Surgical outcomes and radiological and endocrinological characteristics were compared. RESULTS: Strong female predominance was observed in the SCA group (p<0.001). Cavernous sinus invasion was identified in 22 (40%) SCA patients and 72 (17.6%) HNA patients (p<0.001). There were no differences in ACTH or cortisol levels between the two groups. The incidence of preoperative hypopituitarism and postoperative hormonal outcome did not differ between two groups. Total resection was achieved in 35 patients (63.7%) with SCA and 332 patients (80.8%) with HNA (p=0.007). When tumors were completely removed, recurrence rates were not statistically different between two groups (p=0.60). When complete resection was not achieved, tumors regrew from these remnants in seven patients (35.0%) with SCA and 12 patients (15.2%) with HNA (p=0.05). CONCLUSION: Total surgical resection for SCA is often challenging as these tumors frequently invade a cavernous sinus. Early remnant tumor intervention is justified, because untreated residual pituitary tumors regrow when patients were followed up for a long time. Prophylactic radiotherapy is not warranted for completely resected SCAs as tumor recurrence is uncommon.


Subject(s)
ACTH-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma , Adenoma , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone , Cavernous Sinus , Corticotrophs , Female , Humans , Hydrocortisone , Hypopituitarism , Immunohistochemistry , Incidence , Pituitary Neoplasms , Radiotherapy , Recurrence
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-763710

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BACKGROUND: Oxytocin (OXT) has been reported to act as a growth regulator in various tumor cells. However, there is a paucity of data on the influence of OXT on cell proliferation of corticotroph adenomas. This study aimed to examine whether OXT affects cell growth in pituitary tumor cell lines (AtT20 and GH3 cells) with a focus on corticotroph adenoma cells. METHODS: Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay were conducted with AtT20 cells to confirm the effects of OXT on hormonal activity; flow cytometry was used to assess changes in the cell cycle after OXT treatment. Moreover, the impact of OXT on proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), nuclear factor κB, and mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling pathway was analyzed by Western blot. RESULTS: OXT treatment of 50 nM changed the gene expression of OXT receptor and pro-opiomelanocortin within a short time. In addition, OXT significantly reduced adrenocorticotropic hormone secretion within 1 hour. S and G2/M populations of AtT20 cells treated with OXT for 24 hours were significantly decreased compared to the control. Furthermore, OXT treatment decreased the protein levels of PCNA and phosphorylated extracellular-signal-regulated kinase (P-ERK) in AtT20 cells. CONCLUSION: Although the cytotoxic effect of OXT in AtT20 cells was not definite, OXT may blunt cell proliferation of corticotroph adenomas by altering the cell cycle or reducing PCNA and P-ERK levels. Further research is required to investigate the role of OXT as a potential therapeutic target in corticotroph adenomas.


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ACTH-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone , Blotting, Western , Cell Cycle , Cell Line , Cell Proliferation , Corticotrophs , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Flow Cytometry , Gene Expression , Oxytocin , Phosphotransferases , Pituitary Neoplasms , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Pro-Opiomelanocortin , Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen , Protein Kinases , Reverse Transcription
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-763695

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BACKGROUND: Elevated levels of cortisol and growth hormone are critical counterregulatory responses to severe hypoglycemia. However, the proportion and clinical characteristics of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) who fail to show appropriate cortisol and/or growth hormone secretion in response to severe hypoglycemia have not been investigated. METHODS: We measured plasma cortisol and growth hormone levels in type 2 DM patients with severe hypoglycemia who visited the emergency department between 2006 and 2015. RESULTS: Of 112 hypoglycemic patients, 23 (20.5%) had an impaired cortisol response (<18 µg/dL) and 82 patients (73.2%) had an impaired growth hormone response (<5 ng/mL). Nineteen patients (17.0%) had impaired responses to both cortisol and growth hormone. The patients with impaired responses of cortisol, growth hormone, and both hormones were significantly older and more likely to be female, and had higher admission rates, lower growth hormone levels, and lower adrenocorticotropic hormone levels than the patients with a normal hormonal response. Multivariate logistic regression analysis indicated that an impaired growth hormone response was significantly associated with advanced age, shorter DM duration, a higher admission rate, and a higher body mass index (BMI). An impaired cortisol response was significantly associated with growth hormone levels. Patients with an impaired growth hormone response had higher admission rates than patients with a normal response. CONCLUSION: A considerable number of type 2 DM patients had impaired cortisol and/or growth hormone responses to severe hypoglycemia. Advanced age, shorter DM duration, and higher BMI were independently associated with an abnormal growth hormone response.


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Adrenocorticotropic Hormone , Body Mass Index , Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 , Emergency Service, Hospital , Female , Growth Hormone , Humans , Hydrocortisone , Hypoglycemia , Logistic Models , Plasma
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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-775128

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OBJECTIVE@#To compare the effect and safety of prednisolone and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in the treatment of infantile spasms (IS).@*METHODS@#Cochrane Library, Embase, PubMed, China Biology Medicine Disc, CNKI, and Wanfang Data were searched for clinical studies on the comparison between prednisolone and ACTH in the treatment of IS. Literature screening, data extraction, and quality assessment were performed. Review Manager 5.3 was used for Meta analysis.@*RESULTS@#Five clinical studies were included according to the inclusion criteria and exclusion criteria. Meta analysis showed that there was no significant difference in the spasm remission rate, spasm remission time, complicating infection rate, and irritability rate between the prednisolone and ACTH treatment groups (P>0.05), but the disappearance rate of hypsarrhythmia in the electroencephalogram was higher in the ACTH treatment group than in the prednisolone treatment group (P<0.05).@*CONCLUSIONS@#The available evidence shows no difference in the clinical efficacy of prednisolone versus ACTH in the treatment of IS. However, ACTH is superior to prednisolone in stabilizing EEG. The two therapies have no difference in the incidence of adverse reactions such as infection and irritability.


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Adrenocorticotropic Hormone , Anticonvulsants , China , Humans , Infant , Prednisolone , Spasm , Spasms, Infantile , Treatment Outcome
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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-775095

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OBJECTIVE@#To investigate the factors in first-time adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) therapy and their influence on spasm control time in infants with infantile spasms.@*METHODS@#A total of 72 infants with infantile spasms who were admitted from January 2008 to October 2013 were enrolled. Their clinical data were collected, and the exposure factors for infantile spasms were selected. A Cox proportional-hazards regression model analysis was performed for these factors to analyze their influence on spasm control time.@*RESULTS@#Clarification of the etiology (known or unexplained etiology), frequency of spasms before treatment, and presence or absence of combination therapy (ACTH used alone or in combination with magnesium sulfate) had a significant influence on spasm control time in infants with infantile spasms. The infants with a known etiology had a significantly shorter spasm control time than those with unexplained etiology, and the infants with a low frequency of spasms before treatment and receiving ACTH combined with magnesium sulfate early had a significantly longer spasm control time than their counterparts (P<0.05).@*CONCLUSIONS@#For infants with infantile spasms at initial diagnosis, etiology should be clarified, which may helpful for evaluating prognosis. A combination of ACTH and magnesium sulfate should be given as soon as possible, which may improve their prognosis.


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Adrenocorticotropic Hormone , Therapeutic Uses , Anticonvulsants , Humans , Infant , Proportional Hazards Models , Spasm , Spasms, Infantile , Drug Therapy
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Arq. bras. cardiol ; 111(5): 656-663, Nov. 2018. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-973786

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Abstract Background: Majority of the incidentally discovered adrenal masses, called adrenal incidentaloma (AI), are nonfunctioning adrenal adenomas. The appropriate management of AI is still a matter debate, so it is necessary to investigate their associated morbidity. However, data regarding morphological and functional cardiac alterations are limited in this group. Objective: In this study, we aimed to assess cardiac structural and functional characteristics and atrial conduction properties in patients with nonfunctioning AI. Methods: Thirty patients with nonfunctioning AI and 46 properly matched control subjects were included in the study. After hormonal and biochemical analysis, all participants underwent transthoracic echocardiography to obtain systolic and diastolic parameters of both ventricles, in addition to atrial conduction times by tissue Doppler echocardiography. Data were analyzed with Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS, Chicago, IL, United States) statistics, version 17.0 for Windows. P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: Left ventricular (LV) mass index and LV myocardial performance index were significantly increased in AI group. Among atrial conduction times, both intra- and interatrial electromechanical delays were significantly prolonged in patients with nonfunctioning AI. Other laboratory and echocardiographic findings were similar between groups. Conclusion: Our study revealed that intra- and inter-atrial conduction times were prolonged, and LV mass index was increased in patients with nonfunctioning AI. These findings may be markers of subclinical cardiac involvement and tendency to cardiovascular complications. Close follow-up is necessary for individuals with nonfunctioning AI for their increased cardiovascular risk.


Resumo Fundamento: A maioria das massas adrenais descobertas incidentalmente, denominadas incidentaloma adrenal (IA), são adenomas adrenais não funcionantes. O manejo adequado da IA ainda é um tema de debate, e por isso é necessário investigar suas morbidades associadas. Entretanto, dados referentes a alterações cardíacas morfológicas e funcionais são limitados nesse grupo. Objetivo: Neste estudo, objetivamos avaliar as características estruturais e funcionais cardíacas e as propriedades de condução atrial em pacientes com IA não funcionante. Métodos: Trinta pacientes com IA não funcionante e 46 controles adequadamente pareados foram incluídos no estudo. Após análise hormonal e bioquímica, todos os participantes foram submetidos a ecocardiograma transtorácico para obtenção de parâmetros sistólicos e diastólicos de ambos os ventrículos, além dos tempos de condução atrial pelo ecocardiograma com Doppler tecidual. Os dados foram analisados com o Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS, Chicago, IL, Estados Unidos), versão 17.0 para Windows. P < 0,05 foi considerado estatisticamente significativo. Resultados: O índice de massa do ventrículo esquerdo (VE) e o índice de desempenho miocárdico do VE foram significativamente aumentados no grupo IA. Entre os tempos de condução atrial, os atrasos eletromecânicos intra- e interatriais foram significativamente prolongados em pacientes com IA não funcionante. Outros achados laboratoriais e ecocardiográficos foram semelhantes entre os grupos. Conclusão: Nosso estudo revelou que os tempos de condução intra- e interatrial estavam prolongados e o índice de massa do VE estava aumentado em pacientes com IA não funcionante. Esses achados podem ser marcadores de envolvimento cardíaco subclínico e de tendência a complicações cardiovasculares. Um acompanhamento rigoroso é necessário para indivíduos com IA não funcionante, devido ao aumento do risco cardiovascular.


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Humans , Male , Female , Adult , Middle Aged , Echocardiography, Doppler/methods , Adenoma/complications , Adrenal Gland Neoplasms/complications , Cardiac Conduction System Disease/complications , Hydrocortisone/blood , Echocardiography/methods , Cross-Sectional Studies , Atrial Function , Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular/diagnostic imaging , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone/blood , Incidental Findings , Ventricular Septum/physiopathology , Ventricular Septum/diagnostic imaging , Cardiac Conduction System Disease/physiopathology , Cardiac Conduction System Disease/diagnostic imaging
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Arch. endocrinol. metab. (Online) ; 62(2): 164-171, Mar.-Apr. 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-887639

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ABSTRACT Objective The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of central thyroid dysfunctions in Cushing's syndrome (CS). We also aimed to evaluate the frequency of hyperthyroidism due to the syndrome of the inappropriate secretion of TSH (SITSH), which was recently defined in patients with insufficient hydrocortisone replacement after surgery. Materials and methods We evaluated thyroid functions (TSH and free thyroxine [fT4]) at the time of diagnosis, during the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis recovery, and after surgery in 35 patients with CS. The patients were separated into two groups: ACTH-dependent CS (group 1, n = 20) and ACTH-independent CS (group 2, n = 15). Patients' clinical and laboratory findings were evaluated in five visits in the outpatient clinic of the endocrinology department. Results The frequency of baseline suppressed TSH levels and central hypothyroidism were determined to be 37% (n = 13) and 26% (n = 9), respectively. A negative correlation was found between baseline cortisol and TSH levels (r = -0.45, p = 0.006). All patients with central hypothyroidism and suppressed TSH levels showed recovery at the first visit without levothyroxine treatment. SITSH was not detected in any of the patients during the postoperative period. No correlation was found between prednisolone replacement after surgery and TSH or fT4 levels on each visit. Conclusion Suppressed TSH levels and central hypothyroidism may be detected in CS, independent of etiology. SITSH was not detected in the early postoperative period due to our adequate prednisolone replacement doses.


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Humans , Male , Female , Adolescent , Adult , Middle Aged , Young Adult , Thyroid Gland/physiopathology , Thyroxine/blood , Thyrotropin/blood , Cushing Syndrome/physiopathology , Hyperpituitarism/physiopathology , Hypothalamo-Hypophyseal System/physiopathology , Reference Values , Time Factors , Hydrocortisone/blood , Prednisolone/therapeutic use , Age Factors , Adrenocorticotropic Hormone/blood , Cushing Syndrome/blood , Cushing Syndrome/therapy , Glucocorticoids/therapeutic use , Hyperpituitarism/blood , Hyperthyroidism/blood
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