Hypopituitarism presenting as a mixed hyperlipidaemia

Eric S. Kilpatrick, Jane E. Patmore, Christopher Rowland-Hill, Stephen L. Atkin

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Abstract

A case report is presented of a 37-year-old man who, largely by chance, was found to have a marked mixed hyperlipidaemia. As a teenager he had been treated for apparent idiopathic growth hormone deficiency, but had also never developed secondary sexual characteristics. Pituitary hormone measurement was now consistent with hypopituitarism and magnetic resonance imaging showed hypoplasia of his pituitary stalk as the likely cause. His hyperlipidaemia improved after appropriate hormone replacement. He thus appears to have had a mixed hyperlipidaemia secondary to hypopituitarism, which was secondary to a pituitary stalk abnormality, which in turn may have been associated to the trauma surrounding his normal breech delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-345
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Clinical Biochemistry
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2004

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  • Clinical Biochemistry

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