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Obes Surg. 2005 Feb;15(2):286-9.

Biliopancreatic diversion as a novel approach to the HAIR-AN syndrome.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Catholic University, School of Medicine, Rome, Italy. melaniamanco@tiscali.it

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The HAIR-AN syndrome is a rare multisystem disorder in women, that consists of hyperandrogenism (HA), insulin resistance (IR) and acanthosis nigricans (AN). The IR is likely due to a primary defect of the insulin receptor.

METHODS:

We report the case of a 42-year-old Caucasian woman with HAIR-AN syndrome, impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), mild hyperlipemia, and hypertension, who underwent biliopancreatic diversion (BPD).

RESULTS:

Within 24 months follow-up after BPD, impaired glucose tolerance, mild hyperlipemia, and hypertension completely reversed. Although insulin sensitivity, estimated by the euglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp, did not improve, signs and symptoms of hyperandrogenism and acanthosis nigricans resolved fully.

CONCLUSION:

In HAIR-AN syndrome, malabsorptive bariatric surgery is effective in improving hyperandrogenism and acanthosis nigricans, with noteworthy esthetic consequences. BPD was followed by disappearance of co-morbidities of the syndrome, such as IGT, hypertension and hyperlipemia.

PMID:
15802076
DOI:
10.1381/0960892053268435
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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