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J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2008 Sep;2(3):212-4. doi: 10.3171/PED/2008/2/9/212.

Rapid progression of hypothyroidism-related pituitary hyperplasia.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, 5 Fu-Shing Street, 333 Kweishan, Taoyuan, Taiwan.


Sellar and suprasellar masses are related to many factors. The authors report on a 10.3-year-old female patient who presented with growth retardation. Initial normal results of a hormone study and rapid progression of hypothyroidism-related pituitary hyperplasia within a 4-week interval were noted. The mass disappeared after thyroxine treatment. The authors conclude that repeated hormone examinations and avoidance of an unnecessary operation are needed in such patients.

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