Course of pregnancies in women with Cushing's disease treated by gamma-knife

Francesco Ferraù, Marco Losa, Oana Ruxandra Cotta, Maria Luisa Torre, Marta Ragonese, Francesco Trimarchi, Salvatore Cannavò

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Data concerning pregnancy in women with Cushing's disease treated by gamma-knife (GK) are scanty. We present and discuss the course and outcome of five pregnancies in two women with Cushing's disease (CD), the first of whom was treated only by GK, and the second one treated by surgery, GK and ketoconazole. In the first patient, pregnancy was uneventful and full-term. During gestation, plasma ACTH, serum cortisol and 24-h urinary free cortisol (UFC) levels were steady, and always in the normal range for healthy non-pregnant individuals. The newborn was healthy and normal-weight. In the second woman, two pregnancies, occurring 3 years after GK and few months after ketoconazole withdrawal, were interrupted by spontaneous abortion or placental disruption despite normal cortisol levels. This patient became again pregnant 3 years later and delivered vaginally a healthy full-term infant. Seven months after the delivery, the patient became pregnant again and at the 39th week of gestation delivered vaginally a healthy male. Hypoprolactinemia and/or central hypothyroidism occurred in both cases. In women with CD treated by GK, pregnancy can occur. However, pregnancy is at risk even when ACTH and cortisol levels are normalized by treatment. After GK, evaluation of pituitary function is mandatory due to the risk of hypopituitarism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-829
Number of pages3
JournalGynecological Endocrinology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • Cushing's disease
  • Gamma-knife
  • Hypercortisolism
  • Pregnancy
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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