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Forum Name: Endocrinology Topics

Question: Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1?


 missamerica1234 - Sun Nov 18, 2007 1:20 pm

I am looking for some in put because I suspect my family and I might have Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1.

I am a 27 year old woman and have had a past history of amenorrhea for around 7 years. In the last 2 years I have started lactating (NOT pregnant and never have been). Additionally I have frequent hypoglycemic episodes, and have proven hypoglycemia on an oral glucose tolerance test. I've also noticed things over the last few years that might be indicative of hyperparathyroidism -- heart flutter, general feeling of yuckiness, gastric reflux, and aching bones.

One of my sisters has similar problems (amenorrhea and hypoglycemia). My mother had similar problems, and I just found out that my maternal grandmother had hyperparathyroidism that required her to have her parathyroid glands removed. I'm not sure what additional family history needs to be unearthed.

Basically, I want to know if it's worth investigating possible Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia in my family. I've never had any proper investigations because every time I've gone to the doctor, he treats my symptoms in isolation and says they're no big deal.

What should I do?

Thank you!!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:18 pm

User avatar Hi Missamerica1234,

I would recommend you be evaluated for your symptoms. MEN type 1 is a syndrome consisting of parathyroid tumors, pituitary tumors and pancreatic tumors. You potentially have symptoms of a pituitary and parathyroid problem.

Your doctor can work these issues up fully for you.

Best wishes.

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