News Articles October 2021

 

Stanford Neurosurgeon Removes Tricky Pituitary Tumor

ali juanIn August, Stanford University neurosurgeon Dr. Juan Fernandez-Miranda was able to help a young man from Lebanon named Ali Daoud. The surgeon removed a tumor that had recurred despite two surgeries in Beirut. The tumor was hiding in the cavernous sinus, an area that Dr. Fernandez-Miranda has studied for many years. Read more:

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Dr. Juan Fernandez-Miranda and patient Ali Daoud. Photo courtesy of the Daoud family.

Pituitary Story: Dealing With the Trauma of a Pituitary Tumor

Pituitary patient Paris Dancy recounts the emotional trauma he suffered before and after his diagnosis with a pituitary tumor. It’s part of his “Surviving and Thriving” column for Cushing’s Disease News. Read more here:

Researchers Look at the Role of Gene Splicing in Hyperthyroidism

A blog from the University of Michigan looks into the work of geneticists there – who are investigating gene splicing defects and their possible role in hormone deficiencies and hypothyroidism. Read more:

Longtime PNA Member Dr. Shlomo Melmed Wins Transatlantic Alliance Award

The PNA would like to congratulate longtime member Dr. Shlomo Melmed, on winning the first-ever Transatlantic Alliance Award. The award is the first time the Endocrine Society and the European Society of Endocrinology have collaborated to honor a worldwide leader in the field. Dr. Melmed is executive vice president of Academic Affairs, dean of the Medical Faculty and distinguished professor of medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Melmed will be a featured speaker at the European Congress of Endocrinology in May 2022 in Milan. He will also speak at ENDO 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia in June.

Pituitary Story: Life after Pituitary Hemorrhage

A story on Braintumorcharity.org tells the story of 42-year-old Jo Hutchinson from the U.K., who suffered a hemorrhage of a tumor on her pituitary at age 16. She had most of her pituitary gland surgically removed, which led to a series of ongoing challenges. Read more:

 

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Sept. 2021 Research Articles

 

Pituitary Tumors

Double adenomas of the pituitary reveal distinct lineage markers, copy number alterations, and epigenetic profiles.

Pituitary Surgery

Endoscopic Endonasal Transsphenoidal Approach for the Surgical Treatment of Pituitary Apoplexy and Clinical Outcomes.

The Use of Micro Retractor in Endoscopic Endonasal Posterior Pseudocapsule Resection of Pituitary Macroadenoma. Technical Note.

The difference between preoperative and postoperative pituitary stalk deviation angles can predict delayed hyponatremia after transsphenoidal surgery.

Safety of endoscopic endonasal biopsy for the pituitary stalk-hypothalamic lesions.

Acromegaly

Treatment of acromegaly by rosiglitazone via upregulating 15-PGDH in both pituitary adenoma and liver.

Cushing's Disease

Presurgical predictive factors of surgical remission in Cushing's disease. Study of 32 cases.

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News Articles September 2021

 

 

alis storyRemoving tumor from a tricky part of brain, surgeon gives teen his life back. 

After years of practicing surgery techniques in a part of the brain known as a “no man’s land,” Dr. Juan Fernandez-Miranda was able to remove a complex pituitary gland tumor from a Lebanese teenager, Ali.  Read more here:

 

 

Acromegalic Igor Vovkovinskiy, America’s Tallest Man, Passes Away

igor vovlovinskiyThe PNA would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Igor Vovkovinskiy, an acromegalic who gained fame as America’s tallest man. Vovkovinskiy passed away on August 20th in Minnesota from heart failure at age 38. He stood 7 feet, 8.33 inches tall. He immigrated to Rochester, Minnesota from Ukraine in 1989 to receive medical treatment.  Read more here or here.

 

Iranian Acromegalic Competes as Paralympian

Iranian acromegalic Morteza Mehrzad, who stands more than 8 feet tall, competed with his country’s men’s sitting volleyball team at the Paralympics in Tokyo this year.   Read more here:

Study: Vitamin D improves IGF-1 in Adults

A study in the European Journal of Endocrinology found that 5000-7000IU of vitamin D per week improved IGF-1 levels in adults and concludes that it may help in the treatment of Growth Hormone Deficiency. Read more here:

Pediatric GH Patients to Get New Treatment Option

The FDA has approved the first once-a-week somatropin injection for children with Growth Hormone Deficiency called Lonapegsomatropin-tcgd injection (Skytrofa, Ascendis) . Read more here:

Study: MRI May Not Detect 1/3rd of Pediatric Cushing’s Cases

A study published in the journal Clinical Endocrinology finds that up to one-third of pediatric and adolescent patients with Cushing’s Disease do not have their tumors visualized on MRI. It also found that in those cases, the patients had a lower odds of remission. In cases of remission, however, rates of recurrence were not affected. Read more here: or Here.

COVID and Pituitary Disease

An article in news-medical.net looks at a study published in Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders that posits a bi-directional relationship between COVID-19 and pituitary disease.  Read more here:

 

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News Articles August 2021

 

Complication avoidance protocols in endoscopic pituitary adenoma surgery: a retrospective cohort study in 514 patients.

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Editor’s note: Drs. Griffiths, Krauss, Barkhoudarian and Kelly are members of the PNA.

Study Links COVID-19 to New Pituitary Dysfunction

An article in the Times of India looks at an observational study done at PGIMER that found hypothyroidism, thyroiditis, low cortisol and testosterone were more common in patients with severe COVID-19. Read more:

COVID-19 Vaccine NOT linked to Menstual Dysfunction

An expert from the Cleveland Clinic says that while some women have noticed irregular periods after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, there is no evidence that it is caused by the vaccine and instead has been attributed to stress. Read more:

Teen Develops Rare Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis After Pituitary Surgery

An article in Cushing’s Disease News highlights the case of a teenage girl in Malaysia who developed cavernous sinus thrombosis after multiple surgeries to remove recurring pituitary tumors as part of a long battle with Cushing’s Disease.  Read more: 

Pituitary Story: A Diagnosis of Cushing’s After Years of Symptoms

In an article in the magazine Prevention, Cushing’s patient Mary Machica recounts her four-year struggle to find a diagnosis before undergoing surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Read more:

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