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    Impact of aldosterone-producing cell clusters on diagnostic discrepancies in primary aldosteronism.
    Oncotarget 2018 May 25;9(40):26007-26018. Epub 2018 May 25.
    Division of Endocrinology and Hypertension, Department of Cardiovascular and Internal Medicine, Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medicine, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-8641, Japan.
    Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation is recommended in adrenal vein sampling (AVS) for primary aldosteronism (PA) to improve the AVS success rate. However, this method can confound the subtype diagnosis. Gene mutations or pathological characteristics may be related to lateralization by AVS. Read More

    Psychological Symptoms and Well-Being After Treatment for Primary Aldosteronism.
    Horm Metab Res 2018 Jun 12. Epub 2018 Jun 12.
    Department of Internal Medicine, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
    Primary aldosteronism (PA) is an increasingly identified cause of secondary hypertension. PA can be caused by an aldosterone-producing adenoma or by bilateral adrenal hyperplasia, generally treated by adrenalectomy or mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists, respectively. Recent studies suggest that PA is associated with more psychological symptoms and lower levels of well-being. Read More

    A method for determination of aldosterone in adrenal tributary venous serum by derivatization using Girard P reagent isotopologues followed by LC/ESI-MS/MS.
    J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci 2018 Jun 2;1092:106-113. Epub 2018 Jun 2.
    Department of Biochemistry, Keio University School of Medicine, 35 Shinano-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8582, Japan.
    The quantification of aldosterone (ALD) in adrenal tributary venous blood serum/plasma combined with the super-selective adrenal venous sampling (ssAVS) technique is recognized as a definitive procedure for differentiation of the forms of primary aldosteronism (PA), identification of the affected segment(s) and operating decision-making. In this study, an enhanced throughput and sensitive method was developed and validated for the quantification of ALD in ssAVS serum samples by liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/ESI-MS/MS) combined with derivatization using the Girard P reagent (GP) isotopologues (H- and H-GP). The right and left adrenal serum samples were separately pretreated and derivatized with either isotopologue. Read More

    Systolic heart failure in a patient with primary aldosteronism.
    BMJ Case Rep 2018 Jun 8;2018. Epub 2018 Jun 8.
    Endocrinology, St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, New Jersey, USA.
    A 53-year-old African man with a 25-year history of uncontrolled hypertension and systolic heart failure presented with an acute congestive heart failure exacerbation. He was found to have severe hypokalaemia, so additional testing was performed, and primary aldosteronism was confirmed. CT scan showed a 1. Read More

    Role of Cryptochrome-1 and Cryptochrome-2 in Aldosterone-Producing Adenomas and Adrenocortical Cells.
    Int J Mol Sci 2018 Jun 5;19(6). Epub 2018 Jun 5.
    Division of Internal Medicine and Hypertension, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Torino, 10126 Torino, Italy.
    Mice lacking the core-clock components, cryptochrome-1 (CRY1) and cryptochrome-2 (CRY2) display a phenotype of hyperaldosteronism, due to the upregulation of type VI 3β-hydroxyl-steroid dehydrogenase (), the murine counterpart to the human type I 3β-hydroxyl-steroid dehydrogenase () gene. In the present study, we evaluated the role of and genes, and their potential interplay with isoforms in adrenal pathophysiology in man. Forty-six sporadic aldosterone-producing adenomas (APAs) and 20 paired adrenal samples were included, with the human adrenocortical cells HAC15 used as the in vitro model. Read More

    Saline suppression test parameters may predict bilateral subtypes of primary aldosteronism.
    Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 2018 Jun 6. Epub 2018 Jun 6.
    Department of Endocrinology, Monash Health, Clayton, Victoria.
    Background: The saline suppression test (SST) serves to confirm the diagnosis of primary aldosteronism (PA) while adrenal vein sampling (AVS) is used to determine whether the aldosterone hypersecretion is unilateral or bilateral. An accurate prediction of bilateral PA based on SST results could reduce the need for AVS.

    Aim: We sought to identify SST parameters that reliably predict bilateral PA. Read More

    Adrenocortical Carcinoma in Children: A Clinicopathological Analysis of 41 Patients at the Mayo Clinic from 1950 to 2017.
    Horm Res Paediatr 2018 May 25:1-11. Epub 2018 May 25.
    Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA.
    Background/aims: Adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is an aggressive childhood cancer. Limited evidence exists on a definite histopathological criterion to differentiate ACC from adrenocortical adenoma. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinicopathological data of children with ACC, identify prognostic factors, and validate a histopathological criterion to differentiate ACC from adrenocortical adenoma. Read More

    Advances in adrenal tumors 2018.
    Endocr Relat Cancer 2018 Jul;25(7):R405-R420
    Department of Medical SciencesUppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    This review aims to provide clinicians and researchers with a condensed update on the most important studies in the field during 2017. We present the academic output measured by active clinical trials and peer-reviewed published manuscripts. The most important and contributory manuscripts were summarized for each diagnostic entity, with a particular focus on manuscripts that describe translational research that have the potential to improve clinical care. Read More

    [Hypertension associated with paraparesis of the lower limbs revealing an adrenal adenoma].
    Ann Cardiol Angeiol (Paris) 2018 Jun 17;67(3):226-229. Epub 2018 May 17.
    Service de médecine interne, CHU Tidjani Demerdji, Université Abou Bekr Belkaid, Tlemcen 13000, Algérie. Electronic address:
    Cushing's syndrome is a rare cause of high blood pressure. The originally adrenal cause is found in 15% of cases. We describe the case of a patient with hypertension associated with paraparesis of the lower limbs revealing a Cushing syndrome due to a left adrenal adenoma. Read More

    Clinical Characteristics of Aldosterone- and Cortisol-Coproducing Adrenal Adenoma in Primary Aldosteronism.
    Int J Endocrinol 2018 25;2018:4920841. Epub 2018 Mar 25.
    State Key Laboratory of Kidney Disease, Department of Urology, Chinese PLA Medical Academy, Chinese People's Liberation Army General Hospital, Beijing, China.
    Aldosterone- and cortisol-coproducing adrenal adenoma (A/CPA) cases have been observed in patients with primary aldosteronism (PA). This study investigated the incidence, clinical characteristics, and molecular biological features of patients with A/CPAs. We retrospectively identified 22 A/CPA patients from 555 PA patients who visited the Chinese People's Liberation Army General Hospital between 2004 and 2015. Read More

    Mortality in Patients with Endogenous Cushing's Syndrome.
    Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am 2018 Jun;47(2):313-333
    Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Multidisciplinary Pituitary and Skull Base Tumor Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, Box 419, New York, NY 10065, USA. Electronic address:
    Cushing's syndrome is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Cardiovascular events, sepsis, and thromboembolism are the leading causes of mortality. Patient's with Cushing's due to a pituitary adenoma and those with Cushing's due to benign adrenal adenoma have relatively good survival outcomes often mirroring that of the general population. Read More

    Genetics of Cushing's Syndrome.
    Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am 2018 Jun;47(2):275-297
    Section on Endocrinology and Genetics (SEGEN), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), 10 Center Drive, CRC, Room 1E-3216, Bethesda, MD 20892-1862, USA. Electronic address:
    The knowledge on the molecular and genetic causes of Cushing's syndrome (CS) has greatly increased in the recent years. Somatic mutations leading to overactive 3',5'-cyclic adenosine monophosphate/protein kinase A and wingless-type MMTV integration site family/beta-catenin pathways are the main molecular mechanisms underlying adrenocortical tumorigenesis. Corticotropinomas are characterized by resistance to glucocorticoid negative feedback, impaired cell cycle control and overexpression of pathways sustaining ACTH secretion. Read More

    Insufficiency of the zona glomerulosa of the adrenal cortex and progressive kidney insufficiency following unilateral adrenalectomy - case report and discussion.
    Blood Press 2018 May 9:1-9. Epub 2018 May 9.
    a Department of Hypertension and Diabetology, Faculty of Medicine , Medical University of Gdansk , Gdansk , Poland.
    Background: Primary aldosteronism (PA) is the most common cause of secondary hypertension and bilateral adrenal hyperplasia (BAH) and aldosterone-producing adenoma (APA) seem to be the most common causes of PA. Unilateral adrenalectomy (UA) is the preferred treatment for APA, although the benefits are still difficult to assess.

    Case Report: We present a case report of a 69-year old man with a 30 year history of hypertension and probably long-standing PA due to APA, with typical organ complications. Read More

    Pituitary apoplexy following lumbar fusion surgery in prone position: A case report.
    Medicine (Baltimore) 2018 May;97(19):e0676
    Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Incheon St. Mary's hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Incheon, Republic of Korea.
    Rationale: Pituitary apoplexy (PA) is a syndrome caused by acute hemorrhage or infarction of the pituitary gland, generally within a pituitary adenoma. PA following spinal surgery is a very rare complication and may be difficult to diagnose. However, early diagnosis of PA is essential for the timely treatment of pan-hypopituitarism and prevention of severe neurologic complications. Read More


    Role of DOTATATE-PET/CT in preoperative assessment of phaeochromocytoma and paragangliomas.
    Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 2018 May 9. Epub 2018 May 9.
    Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, NSW, Australia.
    Context: Diagnosis of paragangliomas (PGL) and phaeochromocytomas (PC) can be challenging particularly if the tumour is small. Detection of metastatic disease is important for comprehensive management of malignant PC/PGL. Somatostatin receptor imaging (SRI) agents have high sensitivity for these tumours, particularly the DOTA family of radiopharmaceuticals labelled with Gallium. Read More

    Root cause analysis of diagnostic and surgical failures in the treatment of suspected Cushing's disease.
    J Clin Neurosci 2018 Jul 30;53:153-159. Epub 2018 Apr 30.
    Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Electronic address:
    Cushing's disease (CD) is a condition characterized by excess glucocorticoid from an ACTH pituitary adenoma. Identifying surgical candidates represents a major diagnostic challenge. We performed a root cause analysis (RCA) of treatment failures for patients with suspected CD. Read More

    Clinical Investigation of Adrenal Incidentalomas in Japanese Patients of the Fukuoka Region with Updated Diagnostic Criteria for Sub-clinical Cushing's Syndrome.
    Intern Med 2018 Apr 27. Epub 2018 Apr 27.
    Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus, Fukuoka University Chikushi Hospital, Japan.
    Objectives We retrospectively investigated the clinical and endocrinological characteristics of adrenal incidentalomas. Methods We studied 61 patients who had been diagnosed with adrenal incidentalomas and had undergone detailed clinical and endocrinological evaluations while hospitalized. We used common criteria to diagnose the functional tumors, but for sub-clinical Cushing's syndrome, we used an updated set of diagnosis criteria: serum cortisol ≥1. Read More

    A case of TSH-secreting pituitary adenoma with cyclic fluctuations in serum TSH levels.
    Endocr J 2018 Apr 26. Epub 2018 Apr 26.
    Department of Molecular Endocrinology and Metabolism, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8510, Japan.
    A 29-year-old man was referred to our department due to adrenal insufficiency with the inappropriate secretion of TSH (SITSH). Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a pituitary tumor. A weak TSH response in the TRH test, elevated sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) levels, and the absence of a family medical history of SITSH or TRβ gene mutations supported the diagnosis of TSH-secreting pituitary adenoma (TSHoma). Read More

    A review of Cushing's disease treatment by the Department of Neuroendocrinology of the Brazilian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism.
    Arch Endocrinol Metab 2018 Feb;62(1):87-105
    Serviço de Endocrinologia, Hospital de Clínicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil.
    The treatment objectives for a patient with Cushing's disease (CD) are remission of hypercortisolism, adequate management of co-morbidities, restoration of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, preservation of fertility and pituitary function, and improvement of visual defects in cases of macroadenomas with suprasellar extension. Transsphenoidal pituitary surgery is the main treatment option for the majority of cases, even in macroadenomas with low probability of remission. In cases of surgical failure, another subsequent pituitary surgery might be indicated in cases with persistent tumor imaging at post surgical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or pathology analysis of adrenocorticotropic hormone-positive (ACTH+) positive pituitary adenoma in the first procedure. Read More

    Mequindox Induced Genotoxicity and Carcinogenicity in Mice.
    Front Pharmacol 2018 10;9:361. Epub 2018 Apr 10.
    National Reference Laboratory of Veterinary Drug Residues (HZAU) and MAO Key Laboratory for Detection of Veterinary Drug Residues, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China.
    Mequindox (MEQ), acting as an inhibitor of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) synthesis, is a synthetic heterocyclic -oxides. To investigate the potential carcinogenicity of MEQ, four groups of Kun-Ming (KM) mice (50 mice/sex/group) were fed with diets containing MEQ (0, 25, 55, and 110 mg/kg) for one and a half years. The result showed adverse effects on body weights, feed consumption, hematology, serum chemistry, organ weights, relative organ weights, and incidence of tumors during most of the study period. Read More

    Ghrelin as a potential molecular marker of adrenal carcinogenesis: In vivo and in vitro evidence.
    Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 2018 Jul 17;89(1):36-45. Epub 2018 May 17.
    Department of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Internal Medicine, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland.
    Context: Adrenal tumours belong to one of the most prevalent neoplasms. It is a heterogeneous group with different aetiology, clinical manifestation and prognosis. Its histopathologic diagnosis is difficult and identification of differentiation markers for tumorigenesis is extremely valuable for diagnosis. Read More

    MANAGEMENT OF ENDOCRINE DISEASE: Diagnosis and management of primary aldosteronism: the Endocrine Society guideline 2016 revisited.
    Eur J Endocrinol 2018 Jul 19;179(1):R19-R29. Epub 2018 Apr 19.
    Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik IVKlinikum der Universität, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany
    The syndrome of primary aldosteronism (PA) is characterized by hypertension with excessive, autonomous aldosterone production and is usually caused by either a unilateral aldosterone-producing adenoma or bilateral adrenal hyperplasia. The diagnostic workup of PA is a sequence of three phases comprising screening tests, confirmatory tests and the differentiation of unilateral from bilateral forms. The latter step is necessary to determine the optimal treatment approach of unilateral laparoscopic adrenalectomy (for patients with unilateral PA) or medical treatment with a mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist (for patients with bilateral PA). Read More

    Interobserver agreement in distinguishing large adrenal adenomas and adrenocortical carcinomas on computed tomography.
    Abdom Radiol (NY) 2018 Apr 19. Epub 2018 Apr 19.
    Department of Diagnostic Radiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA.
    Purpose: Large adrenal masses pose a diagnostic dilemma. The purpose of this study was twofold: first, to assess the degree of interobserver agreement in evaluating the morphology of pathologically proven adrenal adenomas and adrenocortical carcinomas larger than 4 cm in diameter; and second, to identify morphologic characteristics that correlated with the pathologic diagnosis.

    Materials And Methods: For this blinded, retrospective study, we collected cases of 25 adrenal adenomas and 33 adrenocortical carcinomas measuring larger than 4 cm. Read More

    Activating PRKACB somatic mutation in cortisol-producing adenomas.
    JCI Insight 2018 Apr 19;3(8). Epub 2018 Apr 19.
    Cochin Institute, Paris Descartes University, CNRS (UMR 8104)/Inserm (U1016), Paris, France.
    Mutations in the gene encoding the protein kinase A (PKA) catalytic subunit α have been found to be responsible for cortisol-producing adenomas (CPAs). In this study, we identified by whole-exome sequencing the somatic mutation p.S54L in the PRKACB gene, encoding the catalytic subunit β (Cβ) of PKA, in a CPA from a patient with severe Cushing syndrome. Read More

    Histopathologic Findings in Canine Pituitary Glands.
    Vet Pathol 2018 Jan 1:300985818766211. Epub 2018 Jan 1.
    6 Department of Internal Medicine, Small Animal Hospital of Veterinary Faculty, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.
    To optimize the histologic evaluation of hypophysectomy specimens, sections of 207 canine pituitary glands (196 postmortem, 11 hypophysectomy specimens) were reviewed. Adenohypophyseal proliferation was the most common (n = 79) lesion. Proliferative lesions were sparsely to densely granulated; the granules were usually basophilic to chromophobic and periodic acid-Schiff-positive. Read More

    MiR-193a-3p functions as a tumour suppressor in human aldosterone-producing adrenocortical adenoma by down-regulating CYP11B2.
    Int J Exp Pathol 2018 Apr 17. Epub 2018 Apr 17.
    Department of Urology, First Affiliated Hospital of Gannan Medical University, Ganzhou, Jiangxi, China.
    The mechanism of aldosterone-producing adrenocortical adenoma (APA) pathogenesis and the role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in APA pathogenesis have not been completely clarified. We examined the expression and function of miR-140-3p, miR-193a-3p and miR-22-3p, which have binding sites in CYP11B2. Expression of miRNAs and CYP11B2 mRNA was measured by quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR). Read More

    Integrated Imaging Characterization of Adrenal Adenoma: False-Positive Metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) Findings of Adrenal Scintigraphy.
    Pol J Radiol 2017 4;82:422-425. Epub 2017 Aug 4.
    Department of Advanced Biomedical Sciences, University "Federico II", Naples, Italy.
    Background: Evaluation of a patient with melanoma in whom an adrenal mass was detected on CT and MR during follow-up and further characterized with PET-CT and MIBG scintigraphy.

    Case Report: In this case report, we describe a patient with melanoma in whom an adrenal mass was detected on CT and MRI during post-surgical follow-up and was further characterized with radionuclide studies consisting of PET-CT and MIBG scintigraphy. Although the results of imaging studies suggested that the mass was a pheochromocytoma, a cortical adrenal adenoma was histologically proven. Read More

    Are Cushing's disease patients curable?
    Ann Endocrinol (Paris) 2018 Jun 9;79(3):153-156. Epub 2018 Apr 9.
    Service des maladies endocriniennes et métaboliques, centre de référence des maladies rares de la surrénale, hôpital Cochin, faculté de médecine Paris-Descartes, université Paris 5, 24, rue du Faubourg-St-Jacques, 75014 Paris, France. Electronic address:
    Treatment of Cushing's disease remains a challenge. Whereas pituitary surgery can "cure" the patient and restore a completely normal pituitary adrenal axis, there are immediate failures and late recurrences which ultimately require alternate therapeutic approaches. These are numerous, but so are their drawbacks, and all appear to be "default options". Read More

    The Lateralizing Asymmetry of Adrenal Adenomas.
    J Endocr Soc 2018 Apr 16;2(4):374-385. Epub 2018 Mar 16.
    Center for Adrenal Disorders, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
    Context: It is presumed that the incidence of adrenal adenomas is symmetric between the left and right adrenal gland; however, anecdotal observations suggest a potential lateralizing asymmetry.

    Objective: To investigate the symmetry in detection of adrenal adenomas and relevance to patient care.

    Design: Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. Read More

    Comparative Genomics and Transcriptome Profiling in Primary Aldosteronism.
    Int J Mol Sci 2018 Apr 9;19(4). Epub 2018 Apr 9.
    Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik IV, Klinikum der Universität, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, 80336 Munich, Germany.
    Primary aldosteronism is the most common form of endocrine hypertension with a prevalence of 6% in the general population with hypertension. The genetic basis of the four familial forms of primary aldosteronism (familial hyperaldosteronism FH types I-IV) and the majority of sporadic unilateral aldosterone-producing adenomas has now been resolved. Familial forms of hyperaldosteronism are, however, rare. Read More

    Rebound thymic hyperplasia after adrenalectomy in a patient with Cushing syndrome caused by adrenocortical adenoma: A case report.
    Medicine (Baltimore) 2018 Apr;97(15):e0367
    Department of Pediatrics, Chonbuk National University Medical School.
    Rationale: The development of rebound thymic hyperplasia (RTH) has been reported in patients who have recovered from stressful conditions such as surgery and steroid therapy. We report a case of RTH following the resolution of hypercortisolism after adrenalectomy for the treatment of adrenocortical adenoma in a patient with Cushing syndrome.

    Patient Concerns: A 5-month-old female infant with a history of overeating, hirsutism, and excessive weight gain for the previous 2 months was referred to the hospital. Read More

    The Spectrum of Thyroid Gland Pathology in Carney Complex: The Importance of Follicular Carcinoma.
    Am J Surg Pathol 2018 May;42(5):587-594
    Section on Endocrinology and Genetics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
    The initial description of Carney complex (CNC) in 1985 included myxomas, spotty skin pigmentation, and endocrine overactivity (of the adrenal, the pituitary, and the testis). In 1997, thyroid neoplasms were found in 3 patients with CNC and involvement of the gland in the syndrome was apparent. Herein, we describe the clinical, pathologic, and follow-up findings in 26 patients with CNC and a disorder of the thyroid gland. Read More

    Concurrent primary hyperparathyroidism and pheochromocytoma in a Chinese lady with neurofibromatosis type 1.
    Endocrinol Diabetes Metab Case Rep 2018 28;2018. Epub 2018 Mar 28.
    Department of Medicine and Geriatrics, Caritas Medical Centre, Shamshuipo, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR.
    We report a case of elderly Chinese lady with neurofibromatosis type-1 presenting with longstanding palpitation, paroxysmal hypertension and osteoporosis. Biochemical testing showed mild hypercalcaemia with non-suppressed parathyroid hormone level suggestive of primary hyperparathyroidism, and mildly elevated urinary fractionated normetanephrine and plasma-free normetanephrine pointing to a catecholamine-secreting pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma. Further scintigraphic investigation revealed evidence of a solitary parathyroid adenoma causing primary hyperparathyroidism and a left pheochromocytoma. Read More

    Adrenal gland tumors in dairy cattle from Northern Italy: morphological and phenotypical characterization in comparison with human pathology.
    Pol J Vet Sci 2017 Dec;20(4):779-788
    Department of Oncology, San Luigi Hospital, University of Torino, Orbassano, Torino, Italy.
    Bovine adrenal gland tumours are considered relatively common, although scarce data are available about their real incidence, pathological characterization, classification criteria and immunohistochemical profile. This study describes the morphological and immunophenotypical characteristics of 35 dairy cattle adrenal gland tumors from Northern Italy and compare them with human pathology. Macroscopical, histological, histochemical and immunohistochemical investigations were performed. Read More

    Tumor Microenvironment in Functional Adrenocortical Adenomas: Immune Cell Infiltration in Cortisol-producing Adrenocortical Adenoma.
    Hum Pathol 2018 Mar 26. Epub 2018 Mar 26.
    Department of Pathology of Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan. Electronic address:
    The tumor microenvironment plays pivotal roles in various human neoplasms. However, that of benign tumor, particularly hormone-secreting endocrine tumors, has remained virtually unknown. Therefore, we firstly attempted to analyze the tumor microenvironment of autonomous hormone-secreting adrenocortical adenomas. Read More

    The Many Faces of Primary Aldosteronism and Cushing Syndrome: A Reflection of Adrenocortical Tumor Heterogeneity.
    Front Med (Lausanne) 2018 12;5:54. Epub 2018 Mar 12.
    Department of Pathology, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada.
    Adrenal cortical tumors constitute a heterogeneous group of neoplasms with distinct clinical, morphological, and molecular features. Recent discoveries of specific genotype-phenotype correlations in adrenal cortical adenomas have transformed our understanding of their respective endocrine syndromes. Indeed, a proportion of patients with primary aldosteronism are now known to harbor adrenal cortical adenomas with heterogeneous molecular alterations (, and ) involving the calcium/calmodulin kinase signaling pathway. Read More

    An unusual case of hematemesis and epistaxis caused by a pheochromocytoma.
    J Int Med Res 2018 Jan 1:300060518765015. Epub 2018 Jan 1.
    6 Department of Medical Biochemistry (Firat Hormones Research Group), School of Medicine, Firat University, Elazig, Turkey.
    Pheochromocytoma is a rare catecholamine-secreting neoplasm that is the cause of hypertension in <0.2% of patients with hypertension. We encountered an unusual case of pheochromocytoma involving hematemesis and epistaxis episodes with accompanying hypertensive attacks. Read More

    Clock genes alterations and endocrine disorders.
    Eur J Clin Invest 2018 Jun 16;48(6):e12927. Epub 2018 Apr 16.
    1st Department of Propaedeutic Internal Medicine, Medical School, Laikon Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece.
    Background: Various endocrine signals oscillate over the 24-hour period and so does the responsiveness of target tissues. These daily oscillations do not occur solely in response to external stimuli but are also under the control of an intrinsic circadian clock.

    Design: We searched the PubMed database to identify studies describing the associations of clock genes with endocrine diseases. Read More

    Worse Health-Related Quality of Life at long-term follow-up in patients with Cushing's disease than patients with cortisol producing adenoma. Data from the ERCUSYN.
    Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 2018 Jun 16;88(6):787-798. Epub 2018 Apr 16.
    Institute of Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg and the Department of Endocrinology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Objective: Hypercortisolism in Cushing's syndrome (CS) is associated with impaired health-related quality of life (HRQoL), which may persist despite remission. We used the data entered into the European Registry on Cushing's syndrome (ERCUSYN) to evaluate if patients with CS of pituitary origin (PIT-CS) have worse HRQoL, both before and after treatment than patients with adrenal causes (ADR-CS).

    Methods: Data from 595 patients (492 women; 83%) who completed the CushingQoL and/or EQ-5D questionnaires at baseline and/or following treatment were analysed. Read More

    Pheochromocytomas Versus Adenoma: Role of Venous Phase CT Enhancement.
    AJR Am J Roentgenol 2018 May 23;210(5):1073-1078. Epub 2018 Mar 23.
    1 Department of Radiology, Vancouver General Hospital, 899 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9, Canada.
    Objective: Our objective was to investigate whether the quantitative measurement of venous phase enhancement on CT can distinguish a pheochromocytoma from an adrenal adenoma.

    Materials And Methods: A pathology database was retrospectively appraised over a period of 7 years and revealed 43 histopathologically proven adrenal adenomas and 34 pheochromocytomas. The lesion densities were measured on the 60-second venous phase CT on all adrenal lesions to assess venous phase enhancement values. Read More

    Value of pituitary gland MRI at 7 T in Cushing's disease and relationship to inferior petrosal sinus sampling: case report.
    J Neurosurg 2018 Mar 23:1-5. Epub 2018 Mar 23.
    Neurosurgery, Keck School of Medicine; and.
    Cushing's disease is caused by adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH)-secreting pituitary adenomas, which are often difficult to identify on standard 1.5-T or 3-T MRI, including dynamic contrast imaging. Inferior petrosal and cavernous sinus sampling remains the gold standard for MRI-negative Cushing's disease. Read More

    Adrenal Hemangioma Definite Diagnosis on CT, MRI, and FDG PET in a Patient With Primary Lung Cancer.
    Clin Nucl Med 2018 Jun;43(6):e192-e194
    Distinguishing adrenal incidentalomas (5% of all abdominal CT scans) from metastasis is a frequent diagnostic challenge in primary malignancies with a propensity for adrenal spread, such as lung cancer. Adrenal myelolipoma and adenoma can be definitively characterized as benign by demonstrating gross and microscopic fat, respectively, on CT and MRI and an absence of abnormal uptake on PET. Unfortunately, adrenal sampling is frequently necessary in indeterminate cases for adequate staging of extra-adrenal primary malignancy. Read More

    Arterial stiffness evaluated by pulse wave velocity is not predictive of the improvement in hypertension after adrenal surgery for primary aldosteronism: A multicentre study from the French European Society of Hypertension Excellence Centres.
    Arch Cardiovasc Dis 2018 Mar 16. Epub 2018 Mar 16.
    Department of Therapeutics and Hypertension, Rangueil University Hospital, 31059 Toulouse, France.
    Background: Predictive factors associated with normal blood pressure (BP) after unilateral adrenalectomy for primary aldosteronism (PA) are not clearly identified.

    Aims: To evaluate the predictive value of arterial stiffness before surgery on BP after surgery.

    Methods: During 2009-2013, 96 patients with PA due to unilateral adrenal adenoma who underwent surgery were enrolled in a multicentre open-label, prospective study. Read More

    Surgical Outcomes of Patients with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome.
    J Pediatr Surg 2018 May 12;53(5):1042-1045. Epub 2018 Feb 12.
    Division of Pediatric Surgery, The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX, United States. Electronic address:
    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate treatment and surgical outcomes of patients of Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS) treated at a tertiary children's hospital.

    Methods: A retrospective review of infants evaluated at Texas Children's Hospital for BWS from August 2000 to December 2016 was performed. Data collected included demographic information, clinical presentation, genetic evaluation, fetal imaging, operative treatment, and outcomes. Read More

    Does IGF-1 play a role in the etiopathogenesis of non-functioning adrenocortical adenoma?
    J Endocrinol Invest 2018 Mar 14. Epub 2018 Mar 14.
    Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University, Kurupelit, 55139, Samsun, Turkey.
    Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the possible association of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) with the pathogenesis of non-functioning adrenocortical adenomas (NFAs).

    Methods: This study included 50 female patients (mean age 54 years) with NFAs, 55 patients (mean age 48 years; 20 male, 35 female) with acromegaly and 38 female control subjects (mean age 58 years). Body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) of the subjects were recorded and blood samples for IGF-1 were taken. Read More

    Secreting ectopic adrenal adenoma: A rare condition to be aware of.
    Ann Endocrinol (Paris) 2018 Apr 7;79(2):75-81. Epub 2018 Mar 7.
    Department of Endocrinology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong, University School of Medicine, Xi'an, Shannxi 710061, PR China. Electronic address:
    Ectopic adrenal adenoma causing chronic Cushing's syndrome (CS) is a rare phenomenon. Diagnosis is usually made years after disease onset because of the insidious nature of the ectopic adrenal gland and because it overlaps with common symptoms, such as overweight and hypertension, in the general population (Kreitschmann-Andermahr et al., 2015). Read More

    MANAGEMENT OF ENDOCRINE DISEASE: Management of Cushing's syndrome during pregnancy: solved and unsolved questions.
    Eur J Endocrinol 2018 Jun 9;178(6):R259-R266. Epub 2018 Mar 9.
    Aix-Marseille UniversitéInstitut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM), U1251, Marseille Medical Genetics, Marseille, France.
    With fewer than 200 reported cases, Cushing's syndrome (CS) in pregnancy remains a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. In normal pregnancies, misleading signs may be observed such as striae or hypokalemia, while plasma cortisol and urinary free cortisol may rise up to 2- to 3-fold. While the dexamethasone suppression test is difficult to use, reference values for salivary cortisol appear valid. Read More

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