Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 43, Issue 6, pp 1199–1201

A Missed Diagnosis of Acromegaly During a Female-to-Male Gender Transition

  • Sean Roerink
  • Diane Marsman
  • Arianne van Bon
  • Romana Netea-Maier
Clinical Case Report Series

DOI: 10.1007/s10508-014-0309-z

Cite this article as:
Roerink, S., Marsman, D., van Bon, A. et al. Arch Sex Behav (2014) 43: 1199. doi:10.1007/s10508-014-0309-z

Abstract

We present a case of a 46-year-old transgender male who, during his female-to-male transition, presented with a pituitary apoplexy at the emergency department of a general hospital in the Netherlands. During admission, it turned out that he also suffered from acromegaly due to a growth hormone secreting pituitary adenoma for which he was successfully treated at our university hospital. Previously, his complaints typical of acromegaly were dismissed as attributable to the gender transition. Without the apoplexy, the disease probably would have remained masked by the history of transgenderism for a much longer period of time. It is, therefore, essential to keep looking for additional explanations for new pathology and complaints that cannot typically be attributed to the gender transition in these patients.

Keywords

Acromegaly Gender dysphoria Transgenderism Pituitary apoplexy 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sean Roerink
    • 1
  • Diane Marsman
    • 1
  • Arianne van Bon
    • 2
  • Romana Netea-Maier
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Endocrinology, Department of MedicineRadboud University Medical CentreNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Division of Endocrinology, Department of MedicineRijnstate HospitalArnhemThe Netherlands

Personalised recommendations