Hypopituitarism stabilizes the renal and retinal complications of diabetes mellitus

Mark Plumb, Karl Nath, Elizabeth R. Seaquist

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In 1953, Poulsen described the remarkable case of a woman with type I diabetes mellitus who experienced resolution of her retinopathy following postpartum pituitary necrosis [1]. Since that time, many investigators have pursued the hypothesis that anterior pituitary hormones, particularly growth hormone, play a role in the pathogenesis of the microvascular complications of diabetes mellitus. While most observers have demonstrated the importance of growth hormone in the initiation and progression of diabetic retinopathy [2, 3], the role of growth hormone in the development of diabetic nephropathy has been more difficult to document. In this case report, we describe a woman with long-standing type I diabetes mellitus complicated by retinopathy and nephropathy whose complications stabilized as she developed growth hormone deficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-267
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of nephrology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992


  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Hypopituitarism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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