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See detailLe phénotype d’Akhenaton ; revue critique entre canons artistiques et expression pathologique.
JEDIDI, Zayd ULiege; JEDIDI, Haroun ULiege; LAVEAUX, Elisabeth ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (in press)

Of all the royal families of ancient or modern fame, few are as iconic as the eighteenth dynasty of pharaohs of the New Kingdom of Egypt, whose opulence and deeds we are still familiar to nearly 3,500 ... [more ▼]

Of all the royal families of ancient or modern fame, few are as iconic as the eighteenth dynasty of pharaohs of the New Kingdom of Egypt, whose opulence and deeds we are still familiar to nearly 3,500 years after their time. Tenth pharaoh of this dynasty and father of Tutankhamun, Akhenaten (Amenhotep/Amenhotep IV) still fascinates Egyptologists and history lovers through the many questions surrounding his atypical rule. One of the most striking aspects of the so-called Amarna period concerns the representations of the pharaoh himself, very confusing compared to the traditional iconography of the New Kingdom. These intriguing portraits of Pharaoh raised a whole lot of medical assumptions, more or less substantiated. We review here the main theories developed throughout history. [less ▲]

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See detailParaneoplastic secretion in parathyroid carcinoma: serum hCG as a tumor marker
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULiege; BETEA, Daniela ULiege; Daly, Adrian ULiege et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2017), 72(2), 5

Introduction Parathyroid carcinoma (PCa) is a rare presentation of primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), accounting for less than 1 % of cases. Differentiating parathyroid cancer from adenoma is clinically ... [more ▼]

Introduction Parathyroid carcinoma (PCa) is a rare presentation of primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), accounting for less than 1 % of cases. Differentiating parathyroid cancer from adenoma is clinically challenging. Rubin et al (2008) et al. suggested that urinary hCG might be a marker of disease progression in PCa. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether the hCG+β kit from Roche Diagnostics could distinguish PCa patients from PHPT. Material and methods We studied a series of 8 patients suffering from advanced PCa, referred to the CHU de Liege. A control group of 20 PHPT patients was used as comparative. hCG+β kit on Cobas (Roche Diagnostics) uses 2 monoclonal antibodies that recognize holo-hCG, nicked hCG, β-core fragment and free β-subunit. Limits of hCG detection and quantification are <0.1 and <0.6 mUI/mL. In non pregnant and postmenopausal women and in men, hCG (p95) is <1 (5.3), <7 mUI/mL (8.3) and <2 (2.6) mUI/mL, respectively. Results. The 8 PCa patients (3 women) presented high serum hCG values at: 1.29, 3.46, 5.7, 24.2, 31.2, 34.1, 36.5 and 164 mUI/mL. Values of 1.29 and 3.46 were obtained in 2 postmenopausal women. The lowest value was presented by the only still alive patient. There was a significant correlation (r=0.786; ρ <0.05) between hCG and PTH and a borderline correlation (r=0.750; ρ =0.05) between hCG and calcium concentrations. All PHP patients presented undetectable hCG values. Conclusions These results suggest that serum hCG might have the potential to discriminate between parathyroid adenomas and carcinomas, with a sensibility of 75% (6/8) and a specificity of 100% (0/20). The only patient still alive presented the lowest hCG values. If hCG could be predictive of PCa survival needs to be studied in a larger series of patients. [less ▲]

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See detailGigantism
Beckers, Albert ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, November)

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See detailA clinician's Guide to familial pituitary tumors
Beckers, Albert ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, October)

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See detailPassé et présent de la prise en charge de l'acromégalie et ses complications
NECHIFOR, Iulia ULiege; Beckers, Albert ULiege

in Médecine Clinique Endocrinologie & Diabète (2017), 90

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See detailInsuffisance ovarienne prématurée chez une femme symphalangie : études biologiques et génétiques
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULiege; Desir, J; LIBIOULLE, Cécile ULiege et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie - Abstract book (2017, October)

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See detailAcromegaly-Journey from the Specific to the General
BECKERS, Albert ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, September 08)

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See detailEpidemiology of Prolactinomas
Beckers, Albert ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, September 07)

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See detailAcromegaly at diagnosis in 3173 patients from the Liege Acromegaly Survey (LAS) database.
PETROSSIANS, Patrick ULiege; Daly, Adrian ULiege; Natchev, Emil et al

in Endocrine-Related Cancer (2017)

Acromegaly is a rare disorder caused by chronic growth hormone (GH) hypersecretion. While diagnostic and therapeutic methods have advanced, little information exists on trends in acromegaly ... [more ▼]

Acromegaly is a rare disorder caused by chronic growth hormone (GH) hypersecretion. While diagnostic and therapeutic methods have advanced, little information exists on trends in acromegaly characteristics over time. The Liege Acromegaly Survey (LAS) database, a relational database, is designed to assess the profile of acromegaly patients at diagnosis and during long-term follow-up at multiple treatment centers. The study population consisted of 3173 acromegaly patients from ten countries; 54.5% were female. Males were significantly younger at diagnosis than females (43.5 vs. 46.4 years; p<0.001). The median delay from first symptoms to diagnosis was two years longer in females (p=0.015). Ages at diagnosis and first symptoms increased significantly over time (p<0.001). Tumors were larger in males than females (p<0.001); tumor size and invasion were inversely related to patient age (p<0.001). Random GH at diagnosis correlated with nadir GH levels during OGTT (p<0.001). GH was inversely related to age in both sexes (p<0.001). Diabetes mellitus was present in 27.5%, hypertension in 28.8%, sleep apnea syndrome in 25.5% and cardiac hypertrophy in 15.5%. Serious cardiovascular outcomes like stroke, heart failure and myocardial infarction were present in <5% at diagnosis. Erythrocyte levels were increased and correlated with IGF-1 values. Thyroid nodules were frequent (34.0%); 820 patients had colonoscopy at diagnosis and 13% had polyps. Osteoporosis was present at diagnosis in 12.3% and 0.6-4.4% had experienced a fracture. This study of >3100 patients is the largest international acromegaly database and shows clinically relevant trends in the characteristics of acromegaly at diagnosis. [less ▲]

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See detailLuteinizing Hormone Deficiency: Historical Views and Perspectives
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULiege; Daly, Adrian ULiege; BECKERS, Albert ULiege

in Austin Andrology (2017), 2(1), 1-2

Fertility in men requires normal testicular development, which is controlled by chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in utero and thereafter by luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH ... [more ▼]

Fertility in men requires normal testicular development, which is controlled by chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in utero and thereafter by luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Some rare observations, such as, mutations in the luteinizing hormone subunit beta gene [2] have contributed substantially to our understanding of reproductive development and male infertility. In this editorial we summaryze current knowledge about beta LH mutations and polymorphism in men and discuss fertility issues. [less ▲]

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See detailX-LAG ou comment ils sont devenus si grands ?
BECKERS, Albert ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, June 09)

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See detailDu plus petit au plus grand
Beckers, Albert ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, June 08)

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See detailControverse : Prétraitement par analogues de la somatostatine avant chirurgie de l'acromégalie
Beckers, Albert ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, May 12)

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See detailUne mosaïque de géants
Beckers, Albert ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, May 11)

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See detailFrom the shortest to the tallest
Beckers, Albert ULiege

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2017), 78

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See detailAIP mutations and gigantism
Rostomyan, Liliya ULiege; Potorac, Iulia ULiege; BECKERS, Pablo ULiege et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2017)

AIP mutations are rare in sporadic acromegaly but they are seen at a higher frequency among certain specific populations of pituitary adenoma patients (pituitary gigantism cases, familial isolated ... [more ▼]

AIP mutations are rare in sporadic acromegaly but they are seen at a higher frequency among certain specific populations of pituitary adenoma patients (pituitary gigantism cases, familial isolated pituitary adenoma (FIPA) kindreds, and patients with macroadenomas who are diagnosed ≤ 30 years). AIP mutations are most prevalent in patients with pituitary gigantism (29% of this group were found to have mutations in AIP gene). These data support targeted genetic screening for AIP mutations/deletions in these groups of pituitary adenoma patients. Earlier diagnosis of AIP-related acromegaly-gigantism cases enables timely clinical evaluation and treatment, thereby improving outcomes in terms of excessive linear growth and acromegaly comorbidities. Bien que les mutations du gène AIP soient rares dans les cas d’acromégalie sporadique, l’importance de ces mutations est établie dans des populations spécifiques de patients telles que les patients qui souffrent de familial isolated pituitary adenomas (FIPA), de gigantisme ou qui présentent un macroadénome hypophysaire avant l’âge de 30 ans. C’est dans le gigantisme qu’elles sont le plus fréquemment retrouvées (29 % des géants présentent une mutation de ce gène). Dans ces populations, nos données suggèrent qu’il est utile de réaliser un screening ciblé pour les mutations ou délétions du gène AIP. La reconnaissance précoce des cas d’acromégalie et de gigantisme permet une évaluation clinique et un traitement appropriés de ces patients. Elle contribue à améliorer les résultats des traitements tant en terme de croissance excessive qu’en ce qui concerne les comorbidités liées à l’acromégalie. [less ▲]

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See detailAdipsic diabetes insipidus revealing a bifocal intracranial germinoma
KREUTZ, Julie ULiege; Potorac, Iulia ULiege; LUTTERI, Laurence ULiege et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2017)

Abstract Adipsic diabetes insipidus is a rare complication of intracranial tumors in which impaired antidiuretic hormone secretion is associated with the loss of thirst sensation. Here, we present the ... [more ▼]

Abstract Adipsic diabetes insipidus is a rare complication of intracranial tumors in which impaired antidiuretic hormone secretion is associated with the loss of thirst sensation. Here, we present the case of a patient with bifocal intracranial germinoma, diagnosed due to symptoms mainly caused by adipsic diabetes insipidus. This is, to our knowledge, the first case of adipsic diabetes insipidus revealing an intracranial germinoma reported in the literature. We describe the diagnostic procedures and the three-year follow-up of this patient. Management of intracranial germ-cell tumors is made complex by the wide range of histological features. Although germinomas have a generally better prognosis than most nongerminomatous tumors, they can have severe or even life-threatening presentations. Adipsic diabetes insipidus is one such severe presentation and its rarity can make it difficult to recognize and manage. Awareness of this potential entity is therefore important for clinical practice. Le diabète insipide adipsique est une des rares complications des tumeurs intracrâniennes. Il associe une baisse de la sécrétion d’hormone antidiurétique à une perte de la sensation de soif et ilsignale souvent la présence d’une lésion qui atteint ou envahit l’hypothalamus. Nous présentons le cas d’une patiente avec un germinome intracrânien bifocal diagnostiqué devant un tableau de diabète insipide adipsique. À notre connaissance, il s’agit du premier cas de la littérature d’un diabète insipide révélant un germinome intracrânien. La prise en charge des tumeurs germinales intracrâniennes est complexe du fait des phénotypes histologiques divers. Bien que les germinomes ont généralement un meilleur pronostic que les tumeurs non-germinomateuses, ils peuvent avoir des présentations sévères. Le diabète insipide adipsique est une de ces présentations sévères et sa rareté peut rendre son diagnostic et sa prise en charge difficiles. La reconnaissance de cette entité potentielle est, dès lors, importante pour la pratique clinique [less ▲]

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