Pituitary Function in Chronic Alcoholism

  • John Wright
  • Julius Merry
  • Denys Fry
  • Vincent Marks
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 59)

Abstract

Previous studies of pituitary function in alcoholics have in general concentrated on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and there have now been a considerable number of reports describing disturbances of this system. We have recently extended our investigations to include other aspects of pituitary function, in particular the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. We have performed combined pituitary function tests in a group of chronic alcoholic patients admitted to West Park Hospital. All patients in the study had been drinking heavily right up to the time of admission to hospital and all tests were performed within the first 48 or 72 hours of admission. The tests performed included a short ACTH (Synacthen) stimulation test and a standard insulin stress test combined with stimulation tests using thyrotrophin releasing hormone (TRH) and luteinising hormone releasing hormone (LHRH).(1)

Keywords

Stimulation Test Thyrotrophin Release Hormone Growth Hormone Response Pituitary Function Plasma Testosterone 
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References

  1. 1.
    Harsoulis, P., Marshall, J.C., Kuku, S.F. et al Brit. Med.J. 4 326, 1973.Google Scholar
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    Merry, J. and Marks, V. Lancet 2 990, 1972.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Wright
    • 1
    • 2
  • Julius Merry
    • 1
    • 2
  • Denys Fry
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vincent Marks
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.West Park HospitalEpsom, SurreyUK
  2. 2.University of SurreyGuildford, SurreyUK

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