In Cushing's disease clinical symptoms are usually related to the ACTH hypersecretion. On diagnosis these secretions tumours tend to be small due to their ability to reach clinical detection early. However, symptoms may also be caused by mass-related effects such as the depression of secretion of other pituitary hormones. Furthermore growth related symptoms may occur due to the invasion of the suprasellar region with compression of the visual system. As we illustrate in a case report, when spreading of the pituitary adenoma occurs to the infrasellar region, Cushing disese may manifest itself by rather atypical initial symptoms that are more related to ear-nose-throat (ENT) complaints. In these invasive macro adenomas multimodal therapy is usually required to achieve controle of hypersecretion and mass related symptoms.
|Tijdschrift||Acta Clin Belg|
|Nummer van het tijdschrift||2012|
|Status||Published - 1 sep 2012|