Lipid profile and response to statin therapy in patients wit
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Dyslipidemia is prevalent among patients with hypopituitarism, especially in those with growth hormone (GH) deficiency. This study aimed to evaluate the response to statin therapy among adult patients with dyslipidemia and hypopituitarism.

A total of 113 patients with hypopituitarism following up at a neuroendocrinology unit were evaluated for serum lipid levels. Dyslipidemia was diagnosed in 72 (63.7%) of these patients. A control group included 57 patients with dyslipidemia and normal pituitary function. The distribution of gender, age, weight, and dyslipidemia type was well balanced across both groups, and all participants were treated with simvastatin at doses adjusted to obtain normal lipid levels.

-- Patients with hypopituitarism and dyslipidemia presented deficiency of TSH (69%), gonadotropins (69%), ACTH (64%), and GH (55%) and had a similar number of deficient pituitary axes compared with patients with hypopituitarism but without dyslipidemia.

-- All patients with dyslipidemia (with and without hypopituitarism) had lipid levels well controlled with doses of simvastatin ranging from 20-40 mg/day.

-- The mean daily dose of simvastatin was not significantly different between patients with and without hypopituitarism (26.7 versus 23.5 mg).

-- Similarly, no significant variation in simvastatin dose was observed between patients with different causes of hypopituitarism, presence or absence of GH deficiency, number of deficient pituitary axes, prior pituitary radiation therapy or not, and presence or absence of obesity.

Conclusively, patients with GH deficiency without GH replacement showed good response to simvastatin at a mean dose equivalent to that used in individuals with dyslipidemia and normal pituitary function.