Inferior petrosal sinus sampling in acromegaly.
PA Crock, EJ Gilford, JK Henderson, J Cummins, AJ Calenti, JD Best, FP Alford
Internal Medicine Journal | Published : 1989
In view of the diagnostic value of bilateral simultaneous inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BSIPSS) in localising preoperatively the site of the microadenoma in pituitary dependent Cushing's disease, the clinical value of BSIPSS was evaluated in five acromegalic patients with equivocal or negative pituitary CT scans. Intersinus GH gradients were obtained for all patients (range 1.6-4.2) but in only one case was the gradient correctly localised to the side of the tumour. Gradients of several other pituitary hormones, particularly prolactin (range 1.6-4.0), also demonstrated gradients parallel to the GH intersinus gradients. Despite the paradoxical intersinus GH gradients, the surgeon was able..View full abstract