The diagnosis of acromegaly, in an appropriate clinical context, usually relies on lack of GH suppression below 1 microg/l during OGTT coupled with elevated IGF-I levels. On the other hand, in normal subjects glucose-induced inhibition of GH secretory bursts without any further decrease of interpulse GH levels had already been shown. Based on the foregoing, we aimed to compare the diagnostic reliability of OGTT-induced GH nadir with that recorded during 3-h spontaneous GH secretion. In 59 acromegalic patients (17 male and 42 female, age, mean +/- SE 51.5 +/- 1.9, range 21-76 yr) and in 82 normal subjects (43 male and 39 female, age, mean +/- SE 35.7 +/- 1.5, range 15-72 yr) GH secretion was evaluated every 30 min from 0 to 180 min during slow saline infusion or OGTT (75 g at 0 min). A nadir GH concentration below 1 microg/l was recorded in all normal subjects either during OGTT or saline infusion if GH secretion was evaluated over 180 min. In contrast in acromegalic patients a nadir GH concentration below 1 microg/l never occurred in both conditions. This study shows that a 3-h spontaneous GH profile is as reliable as OGTT in the diagnosis of active acromegaly.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/BF03345139|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||000182140200006|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-0037318236|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|