Case Report: Chronic Marijuana Use Potential Cause For Hypopituitarism

By Naseem S. Miller, Internal Medicine News Digital Network/Clinician Reviews

Phoenix — Chronic marijuana use can be a potential cause for hypopituitarism, according to an unpublished case report, which relied on existing data about the effect of cannabis on the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis.

The case hints at a largely underrepresented problem, researchers said, especially as various states contemplate legalizing marijuana, which is currently the most commonly used illicit drug in the nation, said Dr. Richard Pinsker at the annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

The case describes a 37 year old man who was medically worked up and found to have hypopituitarism due to chronic marijuana use.

Dr. Pinsker said that the finding calls for further research on the effect of marijuana on the endocrine system.

 

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