Hypophyseal tumor and gynecomastia preceding bilateral breast cancer development in a man

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The case is reported of a 48‐year‐old man who, 26 years after treatment for a hypophyseal tumor and 11 years after the onset of bilateral gynecomastia, developed cancer of the left breast. Ten years after the first breast cancer operation a new cancer developed in his right breast. Hormonal investigation at the time of the second breast cancer operation revealed a low S‐FSH and a relative estrogen excess compared to testosterone. Values of thyroid and adrenal hormones were essentially normal, while P‐prolactin was elevated. Stimulatory tests of the hypophyseal function were in accordance with a partial hypophyseal insufficiency affecting the hypophyseal‐gonadal axis. Also, a weak elevation of S‐HGH was noted by an insulin tolerance test. Immunohistochemical analysis of the pituitary tumor 36 years later showed that the tumor could be classified as a prolactinoma. Cytogenetic analysis revealed a normal male chromosome karyotype.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Skåne University Hospital

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Cancer och onkologi
Sidor (från-till)1974-1977
StatusPublished - 1984 jan 1
Peer review utfördJa