Food intake regulating hormones in adult craniopharyngioma patients

J. Roemmler-Zehrer, V. Geigenberger, S. Stö Rmann, M. Losa, V. Crippa, B. Otto, M. Bidlingmaier, C. Dimopoulou, G. K. Stalla, J. Schopohl

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Introduction: Patients with craniopharyngioma (CP) have disturbances of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis and serious comorbidities such as obesity. We hypothesized that the secretion of hormones regulating the nutritional status is altered in adult patients with CP compared with patients with non-functioning pituitary adenoma (NFPA). Methods: We included 40 CP (50% males, mean age: 49.6±14.3 years) and 40 NFPA (72.5% males, mean age: 63.4±9.8 years) patients. We measured glucose, insulin, leptin, total ghrelin, peptide-YY (PYY) and cholecystokinin (CCK) during oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). Fat mass (FM) was determined by dual X-ray absorptiometry. Results: Gender distribution was not significantly different, but CP patients were significantly younger (P2, P=0.009 and FM 37±9 vs 33±9%, P=0.02). Fasting glucose level (84±12 vs 78±11 mg/dl, P=0.03), leptin (27.9±34.2 vs 11.9±11.6 mg/l, P=0.008) and leptin levels corrected for percentage FM (0.66±0.67 vs 0.32±0.25 mg/l%, P=0.005) were significantly higher in CP than in NFPA patients, whereas ghrelin was significantly lower (131±129 vs 191±119 ng/l, P=0.035). Insulin, PYY and CCK did not differ significantly between groups. After glucose load, leptin decreased significantly in CP patients (P=0.019). In both groups, ghrelin decreased significantly during OGTT (both P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-635
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Endocrinology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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