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[Epidemiology of pituitary adenoma: results of the first Swiss study].

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Revue médicale suisse
Publication Date
Volume
5
Issue
223
Pages
2172–2174
Identifiers
PMID: 19968031
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Epidemiological data concerning pituitary adenomas are very scarce and in some cases reports are even conflicting. This opinion is at present disputed. The aim of this study was, therefore, to evaluate in the urban area of Fribourg, the prevalence of relevant clinical pituitary adenoma. General practitioners, endocrinologists and gynaecologists were questioned concerning any patient within this agglomeration presenting with a pituitary micro- or macro-adenoma. Among the 44 adenomas, we observed 13 non secreting macro-adenomas, 16 micro- and 9 macro-prolactinomas, 4 cases of acromegaly and 2 ACTH-dependant Cushing diseases. In the studied area we found a prevalence of 80.5 pituitary adenomas per 100,000, or 1 case per 1241 corroborating a greater prevalence of pituitary adenomas than previously believed.

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