Category: Pituitary Disorders/Neuroendocrinology

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Saturday, Apr 27
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Objective : Pituitary stalk interruption syndrome (PSIS) is a rare congenital abnormality of the pituitary that is responsible for multiple anterior pituitary hormone deficiencies with the estimated incidence of 0.5/100,000 live births. We report the a case of PSIS from Saudi Arabia.

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Results : A 16 year old Saudi boy with short stature and undescended testis, status post  bilateral orchidopexy presented to our endocrine clinic. He  was delivered by caesarean section because of breech presentation and birth asphyxia. Investigation revealed underdeveloped secondary sexual characteristics with decreased facial and pubic hair growth. The patient height was 134 cm whereas the bone age was 9 - 11 years. Pelvis examination showed a scrotum with bilateral 1 mL  testes and the stretch penile length was 3 cm. The patient laboratory investigations showed hemoglobin level of 13 g/dL, serum sodium 140 mmol/L, serum potassium 4.1 mmol/L, serum chloride 102 mmol/L, calcium 9.1 mg/dL, random blood sugar 110 mg/dL and albumin 3.8 mg/dL. A pituitary hormone profile  showed hypopituitarism with thyroid, and adrenal sparing. The patient free T4 was 17.3 pmol/L (9-25 pmol/L) and synacthen test revealed a morning baseline cortisol level of 6.5 µg/dL (normal = 4.3-22.4 ug/dL) with adrenocorticotrophic hormone of 9.8 pmol/L  (1.1 - 13.2  pmol/L).  Insulin-like growth factor 1 level 50 ng/dL (normal = 193.0 - 731.0 ug/L ), follicle-stimulating hormone 0.35 µIU/mL (normal, 0.0-10.0), and leutinizing hormone 0.4 µIU/mL (normal = 1.2-7.8). The patient's morning testosterone level showed 8 ng/dL (normal = 280-800 ng/dL) and prolactin 116 mIU/L (normal =  86 - 324 mIU/L). There were no symptom suggestive of posterior pituitary involvement like polyuria and polydipsia as urine and serum osmolality. The MRI examination showed no pituitary gland identified in the sella turcica and no clear pituitary stalk. A T1 hyperintense  focus with post-contrast enhancement was identified posterior to the optic chiasma representing an ectopic posterior pituitary gland. The growth hormone and testosterone therapy were added to medical therapy of the patients and no thyroid or hydrocortisone replacement therapy was given.

Discussion : Despite the fact that this is a rare disorder, it should always be kept in the differential diagnosis of a patient presenting with short stature. Patients with this disease have an excellent opportunity to reach normal height if they present before the joining of epiphyses. Educating health care professionals, patients and caregivers about this rare condition increases the chance of early diagnosis, immediate intervention and reduces the risk of mortality.

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Rania Ahmed

Prince Sultan Military Medical City
Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Rania working as Endocrine consultant at Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Saudi Arabia. Published many research papers.

Fahad AlSheikh

Radiology, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Fahad working as a consultant in Radiology at Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Al Dawish

Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia., Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Dawish working as a consultant Endocrinologist at Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has published many research papers in diabetes.

Alwin Robert

Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Alwin working as a Researcher at Prince Sultan Military Medical City and published more that 80 research papers.