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A recent article from the Endocrinology Department of “Escola Universitària d’Infermeria, Hospital Sant Pau, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain” explores health related quality of life (QoL) issues in patients with pituitary disease. The article has four sections: acromegaly, Cushing’s syndrome, prolactinomas, and non-functioning adenomas.

In general terms Pituitary patients, regardless of the specific condition, have physical and emotional problems, reduced energy, and poorer health perception in comparison to the general population. The article does a nice job explaining QoL issues by specific pituitary condition and how successful therapy can vastly improve Quality of Life and individual wellbeing.

The article summarizes what is known about QoL in patients with pituitary tumors, both at diagnosis and after treatment, highlighting what may be helpful to improve QoL.

Abstract

Evaluation of health-related quality of life (QoL) in people with pituitary tumors has received much attention over the last 10–15 years. Most of them show impaired QoL, but little is known about how to prevent impairment or how to improve QoL. Our aim is to review what is known about QoL in pituitary tumors patients and to highlight the areas worth improving, for the patient’s wellbeing. The article has four sections: acromegaly, Cushing’s syndrome, prolactinomas, and non-functioning adenomas. Control of comorbidities is usually an important factor to prevent QoL impairment; however, each disease has specific characteristics that should be properly addressed in order to obtain full patient recovery after successful therapy.

Read the complete article here

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