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Acromegaly associated with a granular cell tumor of the neurohypophysis: a clinical and histological study. Case report.

Acromegaly is usually caused by a growth hormone (GH)-secreting pituitary adenoma, and hypersecretion of GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) from a hypothalamic or neuroendocrine tumor accounts for other cases. The authors report on the unusual association of acromegaly with a granular cell tumor of the neurohypophysis. A 42-year-old woman with a 10-year history of acral enlargement, headache, and menstrual abnormalities was referred to our department for a suspected GH-secreting pituitary adenoma. The patient's basal GH levels were mildly elevated at 4.8 microg/L, were not suppressed in response to an oral glucose tolerance test, and increased paradoxically after administration of thyrotropin-releasing hormone. The patient's insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) level was elevated at 462 microg/L, whereas a magnetic resonance image of the sella turcica revealed an intra- and suprasellar lesion that was compatible with a diagnosis of pituitary adenoma. A transsphenoidal approach to remove the lesion, which was mainly suprasellar, was successful during a second operative attempt, resulting in the clinical and biochemical regression of the patient's acromegaly. Four months postoperatively, the patient's basal GH level was 0.9 microg/L and her IGF-1 level was 140 microg/L. Histological analysis of the operative specimen demonstrated a granular cell tumor of the neurohypophysis, which when stained proved negative for pituitary hormones and GHRH. This case represents the first reported association between a granular cell tumor of the neurohypophysis and acromegaly. Granular cell tumor of the neurohypophysis could be added to the restricted list of neoplastic causes of acromegaly secondary to hypersecretion of a GH-releasing substance.[1]


  1. Acromegaly associated with a granular cell tumor of the neurohypophysis: a clinical and histological study. Case report. Losa, M., Saeger, W., Mortini, P., Pandolfi, C., Terreni, M.R., Taccagni, G., Giovanelli, M. J. Neurosurg. (2000) [Pubmed]
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