ESPE Abstracts (2015) 84 P-3-1168

Endocrinopathies in a 17-Year-Old Girl with Diamond-Blackfan Anemia and Transfusion-Associated Iron Overload

Elena Ilyina, Ludmila Papusha, Natalya Smetanina & Alexey Gvozdev


Federal Scientific Clinical Centre of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology named after Dmitry Rogachev, Moscow, Russia


Background: Diamond–Blackfan anemia (DBA) is an inherited bone marrow failure syndrome, which presents with anemia in early infancy. Survival depends on blood transfusions, which in consequence lead to iron overload (IOL). The most common complications of IOL are hepatic cirrhosis, endocrinopathies and cardiomyopathy.

Results: We present the case of 17 years old girl with DBA and IOL-associated endocrinopathies. Her treatment consists of multiple blood transfusions and corticosteroids. Iron chelation therapy with deferasirox and desferrioxamine was started at 10 years (irregularly). At first examination in our clinic at age 15 the girl was severely growth retarded (−4.20 SDS, bone age=15 years, serum IGF1 level were within normal ranges for age) and had excess weight (1.10 SDS BMD). Serum ferritin (SF) level was in the range of 1785–4277 ng/ml (IOL–SF >1000 ng/ml). At age of 15 the girl was diagnosed with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (there was no response FSH/LH to LHRH stimulation; AMH, marker for ovarian reserve, was normal), impaired glucose tolerance (75 g oral OGTT was performed), insulin resistance (ISI Matsuda=2.5 (n>2,6) and HOMA-IR=4.6 (n<3.2)), second hyperparathyroidism, osteoporosis (BMD of the lumbar spine was examined, Z-score=−2.7 S.D.). Basal adrenal and thyroid function were normal. We used (MRI) to measure pituitary iron concentration and volume. The pituitary height and volume were significantly decreased: V=64–68 mm3 (n 305±86 mm3). Results of pituitary MRI (T2*) were in the range of 6.9–7.1 ms (n>20 ms).

Conclusion: In conclusion, we have demonstrated that endocrinopathies are extremely frequent in patients with IOL. Hypogonadism is the most common morbidity in patients with transfusion-dependent anemias. Pituitary iron overload and volume loss are independently predictive of hypogonadism. MRI can be used as a non-invasive tool to recognize pituitary IOL and identification of proper chelation therapy for the prevention of irreversible pituitary tissue damage. Our observations emphasize the importance of periodic, meticulous evaluation of the endocrine function of patients with transfusion-associated IOL.

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