Pituitary responses to synthetic luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone in thirty-four cases of amenorrhea or oligomenorrhea associated with galactorrhea.Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1977 Apr 01; 127(7):723-8.AJ
Pituitary responses to 100 mcg. of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH) administered subcutaneously were studied in 34 cases of amenorrhea or anovulatory oligomenorrhea associated with galactorrhea. Twenty-six patients had pituitary prolactin-secreting tumors (group I); eight patients had a normal sella turcica and remission of the syndrome either spontaneously or after thyroid replacement therapy (group 2). Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) responses to LH-RH were variable in each group of patients, ranging from poor to exaggerated, and no statistically significant difference could be observed between the groups. A positive correlation was found between FSH pituitary responses and basal FSH levels (r=0.50; P less than 0.01). No positive correlation was observed between either LH responses and basal LH levels or the gonadotropin responses and plasma estradiol levels, serum prolactin concentrations, duration of amenorrhea, or size of the tumor.