The Full Wiki

More info on Nelson's syndrome

Nelson's syndrome: Wikis

  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nelson's syndrome
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 E24.1
DiseasesDB 8863
eMedicine ped/1558

Nelson's syndrome is the rapid enlargement of a pituitary adenoma that occurs after the removal of both adrenal glands.[1]

Contents

Pathophysiology

Removal of both adrenal glands, or bilateral adrenalectomy, is an operation for Cushing's syndrome. Removal of both adrenals eliminates production of cortisol, and the lack of cortisol's negative feedback can allow any preexisting pituitary adenoma to grow unchecked. Continued growth can cause mass effects due to physical compression of brain tissue, along with increased production of adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) and melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH).

Presentation

The common signs and symptoms include muscle weakness and skin hyperpigmentation due to excess MSH. Nelson's syndrome is now rare because bilateral adrenalectomy is now only used in extreme circumstances.[2]

Treatment

Pituitary surgery is performed in some cases. The risk can also be minimised by pituitary irradiation.

History

The condition is named for the American endocrinologist Dr Don Nelson, who first reported on the phenomenon in 1960.[3]

References

  1. ^ Biller BM, Grossman AB, Stewart PM, et al. (July 2008). "Treatment of adrenocorticotropin-dependent Cushing's syndrome: a consensus statement". J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab. 93 (7): 2454–62. doi:10.1210/jc.2007-2734. PMID 18413427. http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/full/93/7/2454.  
  2. ^ Kelly PA, Samandouras G, Grossman AB, Afshar F, Besser GM, Jenkins PJ (December 2002). "Neurosurgical treatment of Nelson's syndrome". J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab. 87 (12): 5465–9. doi:10.1210/jc.2002-020299. PMID 12466338. http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=12466338.  
  3. ^ Nelson D, Meakin J, Thorn G (1960). "ACTH-producing pituitary tumors following adrenalectomy for Cushing's syndrome". Ann Intern Med 52: 560–9. PMID 14426442.  







Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message