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Ana Valea, Alexandra Marcusan, Mara Carsote, Adina Ghemigian, Cristina Ghervan and C. Dumitrache


Introduction The Rathke cyst represents an unusual benign tumour derived from Rathke’s cleft remnants. The diagnosis is potential seen at any age. The most frequent signs are mostly mass effects as headache, visual field defects and hypopituitarism.

Case presentation 30-year old female is admitted for persistent headache that was later associated with secondary amenorrhea and visual field defects for the last two years. The clinical data are consistent with high levels of serum prolactin, gonadotropes deficiency, as well as central hypothyroidism. The magnetic resonance imagery found a pituitary tumour of 2.7 centimetres with extrapituitary extension up to the optic chiasm. Surgery was performed in order to remove the tumour. The pathologic report confirmed a Rathke’s cleft cyst. Diabetes insipidus associated with panhypopituitarism was diagnosed and treated after the procedure. Close follow-up is necessary.

Conclusion This case highlights the fact that headache sometimes embraces a severe neoplasia diagnosis and that the iatrogenic complications after surgery are lifelong care demanding

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Ana Valea, Andra Morar, D.P. Dumitru, Mara Carsote, Adina Ghemigian and C. Dumitrache


Introduction Cushing’s disease is a complex endocrine disorder characterized by excessive glucocorticoid secretion caused by an ACTH-secreting pituitary adenoma. Hyperandrogenism and menstrual disorders such as amenorrhea and oligomenorrhea complete the clinical picture of Cushing’s syndrome. Infertility is relatively common, involving complex pathogenetic mechanisms, which differ depending on the cause of hypercortisolism.

Case presentation We present the case of a female patient diagnosed with Cushing’s disease during the investigations carried out to assess infertility. After transsphenoidal adenomectomy, the patient underwent treatment with pasireotide and dopamine agonists, achieving normalization of gonadotropin and estradiol levels.

Conclusion Current guidelines recommended transsphenoidal adenomectomy as first-line therapy in an attempt to correct hypercortisolism and restore fertility in patients with Cushing’s disease. In case of relapse pasireotide and dopamine agonists can be effective in normalizing the hormonal profile

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M. Oltean, R. Gavrea, M. Dumitrache, T. Băguţ, C. Gherman, V. Cozma and A. Györke


The aim of the present experiment was to assess the clinical, haematological, biochemical and immunological responses of pigs experimentally infected with Trichinella spiralis. One group of 6 pigs was infected with 1500 larvae/kg body weight and one group of 7, was maintained as control. The highest larval density was in the diaphragm (504.3 ± 8.2). During the experimental T. spiralis infection in pigs, increased values of total granulocyte number, eosinophils, blood glucose, K+ concentration, CK, ALT, AST and ALP were registered in different stages of infection. A slight increase of the phagocytic activity was registered 14 days p.i., in the infected group. Significantly increased values in lymphocyte activity, in infected group, was observed 30 and 60 days p.i. comparative with control. The specific IgG antibodies were detectable by ELISA at 14 days p.i. The results obtained in this study provide a better understanding about complete interactions occurring during Trichinella infection in pigs.

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Eugenia Petrova, C. Dumitrache, Andra Buruiana, Maria Olaru, Irina Popescu, Nicoleta Dumitru, M. Ghemigian, B. Petrov and Adina Ghemigian


Vitamin D deficiency is a global health problem, its role as an immune modulator being recently emphasized. Recent studies are increasingly suggesting that vitamin D plays a significant role in reducing the incidence and progression of autoimmune diseases. Furthermore, it was reported that patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune thyroid disease had lower vitamin D levels [1].

We initiated a prospective study, for a period of 6 months with a study group represented by 160 patients admitted to the National Institute of Endocrinology “CI Parhon” in the period 2013 -2014. Patients were divided into 3 groups: 121 patients without thyroid pathology, 22 patients diagnosed with chronic autoimmune thyroiditis, who received 2000 IU cholecalciferol daily, 17 patients diagnosed with chronic autoimmune thyroiditis, which did not receive cholecalciferol.

We found that patients with chronic thyroiditis have a poor vitamin D status with ATPO values negatively correlating with 25 (OH) vitamin D levels. Treatment with cholecalciferol not only improves vitamin D status but also lowers antithyroid antibodies titres. Keywords: vitamin D deficiency, chronic