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1

What hormone produced in the hypothalamus stimualtes the release of ACTH?

CRH

2

What hormone produced in the hypothalamus stimulates release of TSH?

TRH

3

What hormone produced by the hypothalamus stimualtes release of LH/ FSH?

GnRH

4

What hormone produced by the hypothalamus inhibits the release of prolactin?

dopamine

5

What are dynamic tests?

if theres too much hormone- do test that tries to suppress the hormone; is theres too little hormone- do test that tries to stimulate the hormone

6

What is synacthen?

synthetic ACTH

7

Who shouldnt be given an insulin stress test?

patients with cardiac histories or epilepsy

8

How do insulin stress tests work?

supposed to induce severe hypoglycaemia and stimulate growth hormone and ACTH as part of the stress mechanism

9

What is a microadenoma defined as?

less than or equal to 1cm

10

What is a macroadenoma defined as?

greater than 1cm

11

What are physiological causes of raised prolactin?

breast-feeding; pregnancy; stress; sleep

12

What drugs can cause a raised prolactin?

dopamine antagonists; antipsychotics;antidepressants

13

What are pathological causes of raised prolactin?

hypothyroidism; stalk lesions; prolactinoma

14

What are the symptoms of a raised prolactin in females?

galactorrhoea; menstrual irregularity; ammenorrhoea; infertility

15

Who has the earlier presentation, males of females?

females

16

What are the sympomts of raised prolactin in males?

impotence; visual field abnormal; headache; anterior pituitary malfunction

17

How does hypothyroidism cause a raised prolactin?

no thyroxine so no negative deedback so high levels of TRH which also stimualtes PRL

18

What is homonymous hemianopia?

complete loss of vision in one side

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What is the treatment for prolactinoma?

drugs- dopamine agonist: cabergoline

20

What is acromegaly caused by?

GH excess

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What are the symptoms of acromegaly?

giant (before epiphyseal fusion); thickened soft tissues; HT; cardiac failure; headaches; snoring/sleep apnoea; DM; local pituitary effeects (visual fields ;hypopituitarism; early CV death; colonic polyps and colon cancer

22

What causes the headaches in acromegaly?

hyperdynamic blood supply

23

How is acromegaly diagnosed?

IGF1 meausred; GTT (suppression test)- GH should suppress to less than 0.4 after glucose but in acromegaly there is no suppession

24

What is the treatment for acromegaly?

pituitary surgery; external radiotherpathy to ptiuitary fossa

25

What are the effects of somatostatin analogues in acromegaly (octreotide)?

reduces GH; shrinks tumour; relieves headaches and improves op outcomes

26

What are the SE of somatostatin analogues?

local stinging (injection); flatulence; diarrhoea; abdo pain; gastritis; gallstones

27

Why do gallstones occur with somatostatin analogues?

inhibiti GB contraction and theres a risk of biliary colic

28

What is pegvisomant?

a GH antagonist which binds to the GH receptor to block GH activity

29

What is the follow up for acromegaly?

cancer surveillance-colon; CVS risk factors; sleep apnoea; check otehr pituitary hormones

30

What causes Cushings syndrome?

excess cortisol