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Appelman-Dijkstra N.M.,Center for Endocrine Tumors Leiden | Appelman-Dijkstra N.M.,Leiden University | Claessen K.M.J.A.,Center for Endocrine Tumors Leiden | Hamdy N.A.T.,Leiden University | And 2 more authors.
Clinical Endocrinology | Year: 2014

Background Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) in adulthood may be associated with a decreased bone mineral density (BMD), a decreased bone mineral content (BMC) and an increased fracture risk. Recombinant human GH (rhGH) replacement induces a progressive increase in BMD for up to 5-7 years of treatment. Data on longer follow-up are, however, scarce.Methods Two hundred and thirty-adult GHD patients (mean age 47·1 years, 52·6% female), of whom 88% patients had adult-onset (AO) GHD, receiving rhGH replacement for ≥5 years were included in the study. Most patients had multiple pituitary hormone deficiencies. Bone turnover markers, BMC and BMD and T-scores at the lumbar spine and femoral neck were evaluated at baseline, and after 5, 10 and 15 years of rhGH replacement. In addition, clinical fracture incidence was assessed.Results Mean lumbar spine BMD, lumbar spine BMC and T-scores gradually increased during the first 10 years of rhGH replacement and remained stable thereafter. Largest effects of rhGH supplementation were found in men. In the small subset of patients using bisphosphonates, use of bisphosphonates did not impact additional beneficial effects in the long term. Low baseline BMD positively affected the change in BMD and BMC over time, but there was a negative effect of high GH dose at 1 year on the change in BMD and BMC over time. Clinical fracture incidence during long-term rhGH replacement was 20.1/1000 py.Conclusions Fifteen years of rhGH replacement in GHD adults resulted in a sustained increase in BMD values at the lumbar spine, particularly in men, and stabilization of BMD values at the femoral neck. Clinical fracture incidence was suggested not to be increased during long-term rhGH replacement. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Source


Joustra S.D.,Center for Endocrine Tumors Leiden | Thijs R.D.,Leiden University | Van Den Berg R.,Center for Endocrine Tumors Leiden | Van Dijk M.,Center for Endocrine Tumors Leiden | And 6 more authors.
European Journal of Endocrinology | Year: 2014

Objective: Patients treated for nonfunctioning pituitary macroadenomas (NFMAs) have fatigue and alterations in sleep characteristics and sleep-wake rhythmicity frequently. As NFMAs often compress the optic chiasm, these complaints might be related to dysfunction of the adjacent suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). We aimed to explore whether indirect indices of SCN functioning are altered in the long term after surgery for NFMAs. Methods: We studied 17 NFMA patients in long-term remission after transsphenoidal surgery, receiving adequate and stable hormone replacement for hypopituitarism, and 17 control subjects matched for age, gender, and BMI. Indirect indices of SCN function were assessed from 24-h ambulatory recordings of skin and core body temperatures, blood pressure, and salivary melatonin levels. Altered melatonin secretion was defined as an absence of evening rise, considerable irregularity, or daytime values >3 pg/ml. We additionally studied eight patients treated for craniopharyngioma. Results: Distal-proximal skin temperature gradient did not differ between NFMAs and control subjects, but proximal skin temperature was decreased during daytime (P=0.006). Core body temperature and non-dipping of blood pressure did not differ, whereas melatonin secretion was often altered in NFMAs (OR 5.3, 95% CI 0.9-30.6). One or more abnormal parameters (≥2.0 SDS of control subjects) were observed during nighttime in 12 NFMA patients and during daytime in seven NFMA patients. Similar patterns were observed in craniopharyngioma patients. Conclusion: Heterogeneous patterns of altered diurnal rhythmicity in skin temperature and melatonin secretion parameters were observed in the majority of patients treated for NFMAs. On a group level, both NFMA and craniopharyngioma patients showed a lower daytime proximal skin temperature than control subjects, but other group averages were not significantly different. The observations suggest altered function of central (or peripheral) clock machinery, possibly by disturbed entrainment or damage of the hypothalamic SCN by the suprasellar macroadenoma or its treatment. © 2014 European Society of Endocrinology. Source


Joustra S.D.,Center for Endocrine Tumors Leiden | Schoenmakers N.,Leiden University | Persani L.,University of Cambridge | Persani L.,Instituto Of Ricovero E Cura A Carattere Scientifico Irccs | And 23 more authors.
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism | Year: 2013

Context: Ig superfamily member1 (IGSF1) deficiency was recently discovered as a novel X-linked cause of central hypothyroidism (CeH) and macro-orchidism. However, clinical and biochemical data regarding growth, puberty, and metabolic outcome, as well as features of female carriers, are scarce. Objective: Our objective was to investigate clinical and biochemical characteristics associated with IGSF1 deficiency in both sexes.Methods: All patients (n=42, 24 males) from 10 families examined in the university clinics of Leiden, Amsterdam, Cambridge, and Milan were included in this case series. Detailed clinical data were collected with an identical protocol, and biochemical measurements were performed in a central laboratory. Results: Male patients (age 0-87 years, 17 index cases and 7 from family studies) showed CeH (100%), hypoprolactinemia (n = 16, 67%), and transient partial GH deficiency (n = 3, 13%). Pubertal testosterone productionwasdelayed, aswerethe growth spurtandpubic hair development. However, testicular growth started at a normal age and attained macro-orchid size in all evaluable adults. Body mass index, percent fat, and waist circumference tended to be elevated. The metabolic syndrome was present in 4 of 5 patients over 55 years of age. Heterozygous female carriers (age 32-80 years) showed CeH in 6 of 18 cases (33%), hypoprolactinemia in 2 (11%), and GH deficiency in none. As in men, body mass index, percent fat, and waist circumference were relatively high, and the metabolic syndrome was present in 3 cases. Conclusion: In male patients, the X-linked IGSF1 deficiency syndrome is characterized by CeH, hypoprolactinemia, delayed puberty, macro-orchidism, and increased body weight. A subset of female carriers also exhibits CeH. © 2013 by The Endocrine Society. Source

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