Cardiac effects of slow-release lanreotide, a slow-release somatostatin analog, in acromegalic patients

Roberto Baldelli, Elisabetta Ferretti, Marie Lise Jaffrain-Rea, Gianluca Iacobellis, Giuseppe Minniti, Barbara Caracciolo, Carlo Moroni, Rosario Cassone, Alberto Gulino, Guido Tamburrano

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Cardiac involvement, mostly characterized by left ventricular hypertrophy associated with various degrees of cardiac dysfunction, greatly contributes to the increased mortality and morbidity observed in acromegaly. Lanreotide is a new SRIF analog characterized by a slow-release (SR) formulation with the peculiarity of a 30-mg im administration every 10-14 days. In this study, 13 patients with postoperative active acromegaly (9 females, 4 males, 45.9 ± 16.3 yr old) underwent an echo-Doppler and hormonal study before and during a 12-month period of treatment with SR-lanreotide. GH and insulin-like growth factor I plasma levels (mean ± SD) decreased significantly throughout the study period (from 10.1 ± 2.2 to 3.9 ± 0.9 ng/mL for GH, P < 0.005; and from 511.0 ± 33.0 to 305.0 ± 34.2 ng/mL for insulin-like growth factor I, P < 0.0001). Left ventricular mass index (mean ± SD, 137.1 ± 7.5 g/m2 at baseline) decreased after 3 months (120.0 ± 5.4 g/m2), 6 months (111.7 ± 5.7 g/m2), and 12 months (110.3 ± 5.2 g/m2) of treatment (P < 0.005 at each time-point). This reduction in left ventricular mass index was accompanied by an improvement in some indexes of left ventricular diastolic function, especially the isovolumetric relaxation time (mean ± SD, 109.1 ± 4.6 m/sec at baseline), which decreased after 3 months (91.9 ± 2.8 m/sec), 6 months (92.3 ± 3.2 m/sec), and 12 months (92.2 ± 3.0 m/sec) of treatment (P < 0.005 at each time-point). We conclude that SR- lanreotide is able to improve cardiac morphology and functional abnormalities in acromegaly; whether such beneficial effects on cardiac parameters will contribute to improve life expectancy in these patients should be further investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-532
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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