Context: The current criteria for definition of partial GHD in young adults are still a subject of debate. Objectives: The objective of the study was to reinvestigate anterior pituitary function in young adults with congenital childhood-onset GHD associated with structural hypothalamic-pituitary abnormalities and normal GH response at the time of first reassessment of GH secretion. Design and Setting: This was a prospective explorative study conducted in a university research hospital. Patients and Methods: Thirteen subjects with a mean age of 17.2 ± 0.7 yr and a peak GH after insulin tolerance test (ITT) higher than 5 μg/liter were recruited from a cohort of 42 patients with childhood-onset GHD and ectopic posterior pituitary at magnetic resonance imaging. GH secretion after ITT and GHRH plus arginine, IGF-I concentration, and body mass index, waist circumference, blood pressure, total cholesterol, and fibrinogen were evaluated at baseline and at 2-yr follow-up. Results: At mean age of 19.2 ± 0.7 yr, the mean peak GH response decreased significantly after ITT (P = 0.00001) and GHRH plus arginine (P = 0.0001). GH peak values after ITT and GHRH plus arginine were less than 5 and 9 μg/liter in 10 and eight patients, respectively. Additional pituitary defects were documented in eight patients. Significant changes were found in the values of IGF-I SD score (P = 0.0026), waist circumference (P = 0.00001), serum total cholesterol (P = 0.00001), and serum fibrinogen (P = 0.0004). Conclusions: The results of this study underline the importance of further reassessment of pituitary function in young adults with GHD of childhood-onset and poststimulation GH responses suggestive of partial GHD.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism