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Which hormone can inhibit release of growth hormone from the anterior pituitary?



What impact does growth hormone have on the liver?

  1. Increases liver gluconeogenesis
  2. Insulin growth factors (IGF-1) are released


How is glucose uptake affected by growth hormone

a) In the brain

b) In muscle cells

a) Increased

b) Decreased


Growth hormone has an impact on lipolysis

True or false?


It increases it allowing for more free energy sources in the body


IGF-1 is responsible for which two types of growth?

  1. Soft tissue
  2. Bone


What are the main anabolic effects of growth hormone on the body?

  1. Increases free glucose and fatty acids
  2. Increases protein synthesis
  3. Decreases fat storage
  4. Increases soft tissue growth (IGF-1)
  5. Increases bone growth (IGF-1)


Which physical changes can excess growth hormone have on the body?

  1. Prominent brow
  2. Large nose and jaw
  3. Pronounced cheek bones
  4. Skin changes
  5. Oral manifestations (difficulty eating/swallowing/dental pain/interdental separation)
  6. Large hands


How does excess growth hormone affect the hands and feet?

  1. Increase in size
  2. Spade-like hands

(it is a good idea to ask about shoes size changes)


How does excess growth hormone affect the skin?

  1. Thicker
  2. Excessive sweating
  3. Acne
  4. Greasier skin


How does excess growth hormone affect the face?

  1. Prominent supraorbital ridge (brow)
  2. Increased size and pronouncement of jaw (prognathism)
  3. Coarsening of facial features
  4. Enlarged tongue
  5. Tissue swelling in larynx


How does excess growth hormone affect the dentition?

  1. Interdental separation (mandible increases in size)
  2. Damage to teeth (due to overbite wear and tear)


How does excess growth hormone affect behaviour?

  1. Polyuria
  2. Polydipsia
  3. Lethargic (lack of sleep)


How does excess growth hormone affect sleep patterns?

  1. Causes obstructive sleep apnoea (tongue and larynx increase in size, snoring)
  2. Increased tissue growth in larynx can deepen /coarsen the voice


Which other conditions may occur as a complication of growth hormone excess?

  1. Diabetes (T2DM)
  2. Hypertension
  3. Carpal tunnel syndrome


Why can diabetes occur as a complication of growth hormone excess?

  1. Chronically raised plasma glucose
  2. Insulin sensitivity reduces
  3. Classic symptoms follow (polyuria, polydipsia, glucosuria, lethargy)


Why does hypertension occur as a complication of growth hormone excess?

  1. Increases lipolysis of fats occurs
  2. Increases fatty plaque production in arteries
  3. Hypertension follows


Why do people with growth hormone excess suffer from oily skin?

  1. Increase in lipolysis
  2. Plasma free fatty acids increase
  3. Oily skin develops as a result


Why does carpal tunnel syndrome occur as a complication of growth hormone excess?

  1. Increased growth of soft tissues in hands and forearms
  2. Compression of median nerve


Which hormones are produced by the hypothalamus that can have an impact on the production of growth hormone by the anterior pituitary?

  1. Growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH)
  2. Somatostatin



What impact does IGF-1 have on

a) Anterior pituitary

b) Hypothalamus

a) Inhibits growth hormone production

b) Stimulates somatostatin production


What is the most likely cause for growth hormone hypersecretion?

Pituitary tumour

(may be ectopic carcinoid tumour, yet this is rarer)


Which two type of pituitary tumour can cause growth hormone hypersecretion?

  1. Microadenoma (<1cm)
  2. Macroadenoma (>1cm)


Why does giantism occur?

Excess IGF-1 acts on epiphyseal growth plates which have not yet fused causing growth


What may be the main complications of a pituitary macroadenoma versus a microadenoma?

  1. Headaches (due to compression)
  2. Compression of optic chiasm causing bitemporal hemianopia
  3. 1/3rd of cases are associated with hypersecretion of prolactin
  4. Compression can suppress other hormone production causing hypopituitarism


Why do growth hormone levels vary greatly throughout the day?

GHRH is released in a pulsatile manner


At which time in life does growth hormone usually peak?



GH levels are _____ in pregnancy

GH levels are low in pregnancy


What is the definitive test for GH excess?



Why does an OGTT work for determining growth hormone excess?

Normally high glucose levels inhibit growth hormone production

Failure to drop to undetectable levels shows there is autonomous secretion of GH


Describe the steps for an OGTT for GH excess

  1. Fast overnight
  2. At 9am take 300ml fluid with 75g of sugar
  3. Record plasma glucose levelsevery 30mins for 2 hours