Document Detail

Update in pituitary disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18258780     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The pituitary gland secretes vital trophic hormones that maintain homeostatic regulation of the metabolic milieu. Not surprisingly, several thousand papers relevant to the pituitary gland were published this past year, including publication of important transforming advances in our understanding of the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of pituitary disorders. In an attempt to focus on outstanding key articles reporting highlights of the year, quality inclusion criteria were applied. High-quality articles were selected for their translational impact, scientific advances, enrichment of new knowledge, influence on how we understand pituitary disorders, transformation of therapeutic principles, and opening up new research vistas. Using these selection criteria, highlighted papers within the following categorical topics were further selected for analysis and review: advances in understanding subcellular mechanisms subserving the pathogenesis of pituitary disorders including pituitary tumors and pituitary failure; new challenges facing the physician treating patients harboring prolactinomas with dopamine agonists; and the appearance of new publications reporting the efficacy of long-term prospective medical treatment of acromegaly that now provide more rigorous patient outcome information. Selected papers categorized by these topics all serve to significantly impact how the endocrinologist views disease pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment outcomes of patients with pituitary disease in 2007. The results of these publications have transformed our understanding of important principles underlying normal and abnormal pituitary function, as well as our approach to the management of pituitary disorders. Notably, they open up new vistas for creative scholarship in unraveling the challenges of pituitary medicine.
Shlomo Melmed
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism     Volume:  93     ISSN:  0021-972X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab.     Publication Date:  2008 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-08     Completed Date:  2008-04-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375362     Medline TA:  J Clin Endocrinol Metab     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  331-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center-David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California 90048, USA.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Acromegaly / pathology,  therapy
Human Growth Hormone / deficiency
Pituitary Diseases / pathology*,  therapy*
Pituitary Neoplasms / genetics,  pathology,  therapy
Prolactinoma / pathology,  therapy
Reg. No./Substance:
12629-01-5/Human Growth Hormone

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  Microbial biofilms facilitate adhesion in biofouling invertebrates.
Next Document:  Endothelial dysfunction in rat mesenteric resistance artery after transient middle cerebral artery o...