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Marilena Nakaguma, Fernanda A Correa, Lucas S Santana, Anna F F Benedetti, Ricardo V Perez, Martha K P Huayllas, Mirta B Miras, Mariana F A Funari, Antonio M Lerario, Berenice B Mendonca, Luciani R S Carvalho, Alexander A L Jorge and Ivo J P Arnhold

Introduction Congenital hypopituitarism (CH) is a rare disorder (incidence of 1:3500–10,000 births) defined by the deficiency of one or more pituitary hormones ( 1 , 2 ). Clinical presentation varies, ranging from isolated growth hormone

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Fernanda A Correa, Ericka B Trarbach, Cintia Tusset, Ana Claudia Latronico, Luciana R Montenegro, Luciani R Carvalho, Marcela M Franca, Aline P Otto, Everlayny F Costalonga, Vinicius N Brito, Ana Paula Abreu, Mirian Y Nishi, Alexander A L Jorge, Ivo J P Arnhold, Yisrael Sidis, Nelly Pitteloud and Berenice B Mendonca

cells. Plotted are means± s.e.m . of five independent experiments (*statistically significant ( P <0.05)). Discussion Congenital hypopituitarism (CH) is implicated in considerable morbidity and leads to premature mortality (18) . Although many genetic

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Elena Galazzi, Paolo Duminuco, Mirella Moro, Fabiana Guizzardi, Nicoletta Marazzi, Alessandro Sartorio, Sabrina Avignone, Marco Bonomi, Luca Persani and Maria Teresa Bonati

factors implicated in anterior pituitary development in the aetiology of congenital hypopituitarism . Annals of Medicine 2006 38 560 – 577 . ( ) 28 Pontecorvi M Goding CR Richardson WD Kessaris N