Age- and sex-specific differences as predictors of surgical remission among patients with acromegaly

Se Hee Park, Cheol Ryong Ku, Ju Hyung Moon, Eui Hyun Kim, Sun Ho Kim, Eun Jig Lee

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Context: Sex and age are factors conferring resistance to medical treatment in patients with acromegaly. However, their impact on outcomes of transsphenoidal-selective adenomectomy (TSA) has not been evaluated. Objective: To analyze age- and sex-related differences concerning surgical outcomes of growth hormone (GH)-secreting pituitary adenomas. Design: Retrospective. Setting: Single-center tertiary hospital. Participants: Patients with acromegaly (n = 463) who underwent TSA between January 2000 and July 2014. Intervention: TSA. Main Outcome Measurements: Tumor characteristics and surgical outcomes. Results: Sex differences existed in the baseline insulinlike growth factor-1 levels and the mean tumor size. Overall, surgical remission rates were 89.7% and 76.5% in male and female patients, respectively (P, 0.001). Total tumor tissue resection was performed in 92.6% and 85.8% of male and female participants, respectively (P = 0.021). Premenopausal women had a higher proportion of pituitary adenoma with cavernous sinus invasion than did men aged,50 years (35.3% vs 21.7%, P = 0.007). In immediate postoperative, 75-g oral glucose tolerance tests, fewer premenopausal women reached,1 ng/dL nadir GH levels than did men aged,50 years (59.9% vs 87.7%, P, 0.001). Surgical results were similar in both sexes among older patients ($50 years). However, premenopausal women had significantly lower long-term remission rates than did men aged,50 years (69.3% vs 88.0%, P, 0.001). Conclusion: Premenopausal women with acromegaly tend to have larger tumors, more aggressive tumor types, and lower remission rates than do men. However, further studies on the clinical implications are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)909-916
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Funding Information:
Financial Support: This work was supported by a grant of the Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute, funded by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea (Grant HI15C1584 to E.J.L.).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical

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