Papers And Originals

Serum growth hormone levels and size of pituitary tumour in untreated acromegaly

Br Med J 1969; 4 doi: (Published 06 December 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;4:582
  1. A. D. Wright,
  2. M. S. F. McLachlan,
  3. F. H. Doyle,
  4. T. Russell Fraser


    Serum levels of growth hormone were measured in 84 untreated acromegalic patients. The range of mean level during a glucose tolerance test was 8 to 1,860 ng./ml. and was lognormally distributed. Mean level was reproducible and correlated moderately well with maximum sellar area on lateral tomography. The hormone level was more responsive to oral glucose and insulin-induced hypoglycaemia in patients with smaller tumours. Attention is drawn to limitations of plain radiographs in assessing the size of a pituitary tumour. Suprasellar tumour extensions may be present in patients without visual field defects.