Pituitary function tests in black patients with pseudocyesis

T. Padayachi, R. Ashe, J. Moodley, I. Jialal

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Pituitary function was evaluated in a group of 10 patients with pseudocyesis. One patient was postmenopausal; the remainder demonstrated normal basal prolactin, luteinising hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels and also normal pituitary-adrenal, pituitary-thyroid axes. Oestradiol deficiency was present in 6 patients, while 2 patients demonstrated elevated serum progesterone values, suggestive of a luteal phase. Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone administration resulted in exaggerated stimulation of LH and FSH in 4 and 2 patients, respectively. Impaired growth hormone (GH) secretion was present in 6 patients after insulin-induced hypoglycaemia and L-dopa administration. GH impairment is probably a consequence of the oestrogen deficiency that commonly occurs in this condition. It thus appears that there are aberrations in specific pituitary hormone responses after provocation in pseudocyesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-26
Number of pages3
JournalSouth African Medical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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