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Acute and chronic pituitary failure resembling Sheehan's syndrome following bites by Russell's viper in Burma.

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Pituitary function was investigated in 9 patients in shock after Russell's viper bites and in 24 individuals who had been severely envenomed 2 weeks to 24 years previously. 3 out of 9 patients had hypoglycaemia and inappropriately low serum cortisol, plasma growth hormone, and plasma prolactin concentrations. 4 who died had pituitary haemorrhage and 1 had adrenal haemorrhage as well. Of the 24 who had apparently recovered from bites, 7 had clinical features of hypopituitarism and no response ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Clinical Medicine, Experimental Medicine Division, Biomedical Research Centre
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Journal:
Lancet
Volume:
2
Issue:
8562
Pages:
763-767
Publication date:
1987-10-05
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EISSN:
1474-547X
ISSN:
0140-6736
URN:
uuid:8eff7c4a-7971-42a1-b01f-c6a1631550f1
Source identifiers:
16696
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pubs:16696

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