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Hypogonadotrophism fails to prevent severe testicular damage induced by total body irradiation in a patient with beta-thalassaemia major and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

Chatterjee, R; Kottaridis, PD; McGarrigle, HH; Papatryphonos, A; Goldstone, AH; (2001) Hypogonadotrophism fails to prevent severe testicular damage induced by total body irradiation in a patient with beta-thalassaemia major and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. BONE MARROW TRANSPL , 28 (10) 989 - 991.

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Abstract

Radiation and chemotherapeutic drugs for cancer produce prolonged and often irreversible gonadal damage. To determine whether total body irradiation (TBI)induced gonadal damage can be prevented by suppression of pituitary gonadotrophin levels, we studied a patient with transfusion dependent homozygous beta-thalassaemia and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) who underwent one-antigen mismatched related bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Our data showed that despite having hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism (HH) prior to MIT, the patient developed primary testicular failure following the procedure, indicating that hypogonadotrophism failed to offer protection against TBI-induced testicular damage in this patient. Although this is an interesting case report, no firm conclusions can be drawn from a single patient.

Type: Article
Title: Hypogonadotrophism fails to prevent severe testicular damage induced by total body irradiation in a patient with beta-thalassaemia major and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
Keywords: hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, thalassaemia, bone marrow transplantation, GONADOTROPIN-RELEASING-HORMONE, TRANSPLANTATION, SPERMATOGENESIS, PROTECTION
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Inst for Women's Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Inst for Women's Health > Reproductive Health
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/26209
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