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Naing A.,St. Georges Health NHS Trust | Kenchaiah M.,St. Georges Health NHS Trust | Krishnan B.,St. Georges Health NHS Trust | Mir F.,Princess Alexander Hospital | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Diabetes and its Complications | Year: 2014

Maternally inherited diabetes with deafness is rare diabetes caused by a mitochondrial DNA defect. 85% of cases are associated with m.3243A > G mutation. It is important to diagnose this form of diabetes because of the unique management issues and associated comorbidities. A very strong family history of diabetes, deafness and presence of retinal dystrophy should prompt an investigation for MIDD. Microvascular complications out of keeping with duration of diabetes are another clue to the diagnosis. Retinal and renal manifestations of mitochondrial disease may be confused for diabetic complications. Glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) autoantibody negativity in a nonobese diabetic is another clue. Cardiac conduction defects and GDM may also raise suspicion as to the diagnosis. Recognizing this etiology of DM should promote family screening, genetic counseling, screening of associated comorbidities, avoidance of metformin, and cautious use of statins. We report a 77 years old lady with MIDD who was being followed up as insulin requiring type 2 diabetes. We then identified 5 more patients with MIDD in the same clinic. They all had A3243 mutation with characteristic clinical presentation. The pharmacological approaches discussed in the paper are unlikely to work in these patients as they were diagnosed late. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

Bano G.,St Georges, University of London | Mir F.,Watford General Hospital | Beharry N.,St. Georges Health NHS Trust | Wilson P.,St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism | Year: 2013

A 64-year-old male presented with neurofibromatosis 1 and Cushing's syndrome. Clinically he was over weight, depressed with extensive skin bruising and hypertension. His 24 hours urinary metanephrines, urinary 5HIAA, gut peptides and chromgranin levels were normal. His renal function and renal MRI scan was also normal. His cortisol failed to suppress on overnight dexamethsone suppression test. His low dose dexamethasone suppression with CRH stimulation showed failure of suppression of cortisol to < 50 nmol/L and ACTH was measurable at 10 ng/L on day 3. There was no response of ACTH or cortisol to CRH stimulation. His ACTH precursors were high at 126 pmol/L consistent with defective pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) processing suggesting an ectopic source of ACTH production. The MRI scan of his pituitary and CT scan of the adrenal glands was normal. His octreotide scan was negative. The source of his ectopic ACTH was most likely a large retroperitoneal plexiform neurofibroma seen on CT abdomen that had undergone malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour transformation on histology. He was a poor surgical risk for tumour debulking procedure. In view of the available literature and role of c-kit signalling in neurofibromatosis, he was treated with Imitinib. Four months after the treatment his Cushings had resolved on biochemical testing. After a year his plexiform neurofibroma has not increased in size. To our knowledge, this is the first case of NF1 associated with clinical and biochemical features of Cushing's secondary to ectopic ACTH due to MPNST in a plexiform neurofibroma and its resolution on treatment with imatinib. © 2013, Research Institute For Endocrine Sciences and Iran Endocrine Society; Published by Kowsar Corp.

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