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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Outcomes in Patients with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Yheulon, Christopher G; Millard, Anthony J; Balla, Fadi M; Jonsson, Arinbjorn; Constantin, Tina V; Singh, Arvinpal; Srinivasan, Jahnavi; Stetler, Jamil; Patel, Ankit; Lin, Edward; Davis, S Scott
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common disease among the bariatric population. However, there are limited data regarding the impact of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (SG) on these patients. The study was conducted at University Hospital, United States. The purpose of this study was to examine per cent excess body weight loss (%EWL) and diabetes control in patients who have PCOS compared with those without PCOS. A total of 550 female patients underwent SG between December 2011 and October 2016. Retrospective analysis was completed to include follow-up data at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months and yearly after that. Outcomes measured were %EWL and hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1c). The mean and median follow-up for the entire cohort was 21 and 15 months, respectively. Seventy-eight per cent of patients completed at least 12 months of follow-up for %EWL, although only 21 per cent had similar follow-up for HgbA1c. PCOS patients had similar age (36.3 vs 36.2 years, P = 0.90), preoperative BMI (47.2 vs 47.2, P = 0.99), preoperative HgbA1c (6% vs 5.8%, P = 0.31), conversion rate to gastric bypass, and other associated comorbidities compared with non-PCOS comparisons. There was no difference in %EWL at 12-month (49.7% vs 53.1%, P = 0.53) or 24-month (43% vs 49.8%, P = 0.46) postoperative intervals. There was no difference in absolute change of HgbA1c at 12 months (-0.47% vs -0.67%, P = 0.39). SG has equivalent short-term results in %EWL and reduction in HgbA1c for patients who have PCOS and those who do not.
PMID: 30947769
ISSN: 1555-9823
CID: 4095162

Response to Letter: "Calcium and Bone Turnover Markers in Acromegaly: A Prospective, Controlled Study" [Comment]

Constantin, Tina; Tangpricha, Vin; Shah, Reshma; Oyesiku, Nelson M; Ioachimescu, Octavian; Ritchie, James; Ioachimescu, Adriana G
PMID: 28911163
ISSN: 1945-7197
CID: 3461762

Calcium and Bone Turnover Markers in Acromegaly: A Prospective, Controlled Study

Constantin, Tina; Tangpricha, Vin; Shah, Reshma; Oyesiku, Nelson M; Ioachimescu, Octavian C; Ritchie, James; Ioachimescu, Adriana G
Context:Acromegaly has been associated with calcium-phosphate and bone turnover alterations. Controlled studies of these interactions are sparse. Objective:To evaluate calcium and bone metabolism in active and treated acromegaly. Design/Setting/Patients:We conducted a controlled, prospective study at a tertiary referral center. We studied 22 patients with acromegaly referred for surgical or medical therapy (ACM) and 22 with nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas referred for surgery (control). Main Outcome Measures:Calcium (serum and urine), phosphorus, parathyroid hormone (PTH), 25-hydroxy- and 1,25-dihydroxy-vitamin D, bone turnover markers [serum C-terminal telopeptide of type 1 collagen (CTX) and procollagen type 1 N-terminal propeptide (P1NP)], and cytokines [receptor activator of nuclear factor κB ligand (RANK-L) and osteoprotegerin (OPG)] at baseline and 3 to 6 months after treatment. Results:At baseline, the ACM group had lower PTH levels than controls (36.3 ± 13.9 pg/mL vs 56.0 ± 19.9 pg/mL) and higher phosphorus (4.34 ± 0.71 mg/dL vs 3.55 ± 0.50 mg/dL) (P < 0.01). Groups had similar levels of serum and urine calcium and 25-hydroxy- and 1,25-dihydroxy-vitamin D. The ACM group had higher bone turnover markers than control; P1NP and CTX were strongly correlated (r2 = 0.82, P < 0.05). CTX was dependent on age and disease group but not on sex or gonadal status. After treatment of acromegaly, serum calcium (9.52 ± 0.43 mg/dL to 9.26 ± 0.28 mg/dL), phosphorus (4.34 ± 0.71 mg/dL to 3.90 ± 0.80 mg/dL), and CTX (0.91 ± 0.75 ng/mL to 0.63 ± 0.68 ng/mL) decreased, while PTH increased (36.3 ± 13.9 pg/mL to 48.9 ± 16.7 pg/mL) (P < 0.01). 25-hydroxy-vitamin D, P1NP, and RANK-L/OPG ratio did not change significantly. Conclusion:Acromegaly patients exhibited PTH-independent calcium-phosphate alterations and enhanced coupled bone formation and resorption. Within 6 months of treatment, bone resorption decreased, whereas RANK-L/OPG changes were inconsistent.
PMID: 28407138
ISSN: 1945-7197
CID: 3461752

VAMONOS (Veterans Affairs' Metabolism, Obstructed and Non-Obstructed Sleep) Study: Effects of CPAP Therapy on Glucose Metabolism in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Ioachimescu, Octavian C; Anthony, Jeremy; Constantin, Tina; Ciavatta, Mary-Margaret; McCarver, Kandace; Sweeney, Mary Ellen
STUDY OBJECTIVES/OBJECTIVE:Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are prevalent disorders that pose increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death. The objective of this study was to clarify if continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for OSA affects T2DM control and emergence. METHODS:Point-of-care, comparative effectiveness study; cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses. RESULTS:Our cohort included 928 consecutive patients; 13% were women; 36% were Caucasians and 61% African-Americans. OSA was diagnosed in approximately 738 patients and CPAP was initiated in 718 patients; median duration of therapy was 5 mo (25% to 75% interquartile range [IQR] 3-14). Patients with OSA used CPAP therapy for a median duration of 4.8 h, 34.5% of the nights. Adherence to CPAP was prespecified as follows: good (≥ 70% nights and ≥ 4 h/night), excellent (≥ 80% nights and ≥ 6 h/night) or outstanding (≥ 90% of nights and 8 h/night). Based on objective data, good, excellent, and outstanding compliance were found in only 30%, 20%, and 6%, respectively. Three percent of subjects without CPAP follow-up and less than 4% of those nonadherent to CPAP therapy (based on the established criteria) developed incident T2DM. Incident T2DM developed in only 0.8% of those with good compliance and in none (0%) of those in the excellent and outstanding groups. During follow-up, median weight change was +0.3 kg (IQR -1.8 to 2.7). CONCLUSIONS:We found that an outstanding compliance to CPAP reduced fasting blood glucose in patients with OSA. Longitudinally, higher levels of therapeutic adherence may affect the rate of incident impaired fasting glucose, prediabetes, and T2DM, despite the observed weight gains. COMMENTARY/CONCLUSIONS:A commentary on this article appears in this issue on page 365.
PMID: 28095965
ISSN: 1550-9397
CID: 3461742

Alternative Metabolic Parameters of Cardiovascular Risk in OSA Patients [Meeting Abstract]

Hsieh, Sharon; Havranek, Robert; Ciavatta, Mary-Margaret; Constantin, Tina; Thomas, Miriam; Miller, John; McCarver, Kandace; Anthony, Jeremy; Sweeney, Mary Ellen; Ioachimescu, Octavian
ISSN: 0012-3692
CID: 3462222

Comprehensive evaluation of thyrotropinomas: single-center 20-year experience

Azzalin, Alice; Appin, Christina L; Schniederjan, Matthew J; Constantin, Tina; Ritchie, James C; Veledar, Emir; Oyesiku, Nelson M; Ioachimescu, Adriana G
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE:To present a single-center 20-year experience with operated thyrotropinomas, including prevalence, clinical, biochemical and histological characteristics, and postoperative outcomes. METHODS:Retrospective series of histopathologically-proven thyrotropinomas (1993-2013), divided in two groups: A (active, central hyperthyroidism) and B (silent, no hyperthyroidism). RESULTS:Of 1628 operated pituitary adenomas, 20 were β-TSH-positive (1.2%). In increments of 5 years, proportion of thyrotropinomas was 1, 1, 0.04 and 1.77% respectively. Median follow-up was 10.4 months (1.2-150). Group A: 6 patients (5 men), age 41 ± 12 years presented with hyperthyroidism (3), pituitary incidentaloma (2) and acromegaly (1). Tumor diameter was 2.1 ± 1.2 cm, FT4 2.68 ± 2.73 ng/dL; TSH 6.50 ± 3.68 µIU/mL. Glycoprotein alpha subunit (GSU) was uniformly elevated. Two patients had biochemical evidence of acromegaly. Tumors were plurihormonal (5 GH-positive); none atypical. Postoperative euthyroidism was achieved in 4 of 6 patients (66%). Group B: 14 patients (7 men), age 47 ± 14 years presented with acromegaly (6), mass effect (4), incidentaloma (3) and galactorrhea (1). Tumor diameter was 2.0 ± 1.0 cm. Free T4 (1.00 ± 0.24 ng/dL) and TSH (2.02 ± 1.65 mIU/L) were lower than in group A (p < 0.01). GSU was elevated in all tested cases. Nine patients had biochemical evidence of acromegaly. Tumors were plurihormonal (12 GH-positive); none atypical. Gross total resection was achieved in 12 of 14 (86%), and 1 (7%) recurred. CONCLUSION/CONCLUSIONS:In our series, more thyrotropinomas were operated in recent years. These tumors were often plurihormonal with heterogenous clinical presentation and frequent GH co-secretion. Surgical outcomes were good but long-term follow up is necessary.
PMID: 26689573
ISSN: 1573-7403
CID: 3461732

The Effects of CPAP Therapy on Cardiometabolic Parameters in a Cohort of 925 Veterans Seen in Sleep Medicine Clinics [Meeting Abstract]

Anthony, Jeremy; Ciavatta, Mary-Margaret; Constantin, Tina; McCarver, Kandace; Sweeney, Mary-Ellen; Ioachimescu, Octavian
ISSN: 0012-3692
CID: 3461722