CONTRASTING EFFECTS OF SUBCUTANEOUS PULSATILE GnRH THERAPY IN CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPOPLASIA AND KALLMANN'S SYNDROME

D. GORDON, H. N. COHEN, G. H. BEASTALL, I. D. HAY, J. A. THOMSON

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Abstract

A patient with congenital adrenal hypoplasia (AH) and hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism was treated with pulsatile subcutaneous GnRH therapy for 16 weeks in an attempt to induce puberty. No rise in serum LH or FSH concentrations occurred despite increasing doses of GnRH (2.8 μg/pulse‐22.4 μg/pulse). In contrast a similar programme of therapy successfully initiated the biochemical changes of puberty in a patient with Kallmann's syndrome. Both patients before therapy had low basal serum LH and FSH concentrations with blunted LH and FSH responses to GnRH stimulation. After 1 week, serum LH and FSH rose into the normal adult range in the patient with Kallmann's syndrome. This study fails to confirm a previous report which suggested that intermittent low dose GnRH therapy may be of value in inducing puberty in AH. The reasons for the difference of pituitary responsiveness to GnRH in AH and Kallmann's syndrome are unclear at present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-603
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Endocrinology
Volume21
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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