An evaluation of dynamic pituitary function tests in patients with pituitary tumours.
JD Best, FP Alford, DJ Chisholm, P Mowat, K Henderson, RM Anderson
Internal Medicine Journal | Published : 1982
In a prospective study of 26 patients with macroadenoma of the pituitary (14 secretory and 12 non-secretory), basal and stimulated pituitary hormone levels were used to detect hypothalamic dysfunction and to examine pituitary hormone secretion before and after hypophysectomy. Suprasellar tumour extention with hypothalamic compression occurred in 18 patients but was not consistently associated with hormonal tests indicative of hypothalamic dysfunction. In patients with secretory tumours, secretory activity was adequately assessed by basal hormone levels alone, which showed that surgery reduced hormone levels by a mean 85% in acromegaly and by a mean 55% in prolactinomas. Preoperatively, pitu..View full abstract