Objectives: To study whether the growth hormone (GH) response after the subcutaneous administration 50 μg of octreotide (acute octreotide test) has any predictive value for long-term IGF-I normalization with Sandostatin LAR. Design: Twenty four therapy-naive patients with active acromegaly were studied. Results: > 75% GH decrease in the acute octreotide test predicted long-term IGF-I normalization with Sandostatin LAR in 8/11 (73%) of patients. 3/13 (23%) patients with < 75% GH decrease in the acute octreotide test were long-term biochemically controlled with Sandostatin LAR. Using the > 75% GH reduction criterion, the sensitivity and specificity of this test for predicting long-term normalization of serum IGF-I with Sandostatin LAR treatment were 73% and 77%, respectively (positive and negative predictive values: 73% and 77%, respectively). 6/8 (75%) patients with GH suppression to levels < 1.1 μg/l and 9/16 (56%) patients with GH suppression to levels < 2 μg/l in the acute octreotide test showed normalization of serum IGF-I with long-term Sandostatin LAR treatment. The sensitivity and specificity of GH suppression < 1.1 μg/l for predicting of the long-term normalization of serum IGF-I with Sandostatin LAR therapy were 55% and 85%, respectively (positive and negative predictive values: 75% and 69%, respectively). The sensitivity and specificity of GH suppression < 2 μg/l for predicting of the long-term normalization of serum IGF-I with Sandostatin LAR therapy were 82% and 46%, respectively (positive and negative predictive values: 56% and 75%, respectively). Conclusion: The acute octreotide is not recommended for clinical decision making with regard to long-term treatment using the long-acting somatostatin analog Sandostatin LAR in acromegaly.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1530/eje.1.01935, hdl.handle.net/1765/57063
Journal European Journal of Endocrinology
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de Herder, W.W, Taal, H.R, Uitterlinden, P, Feelders, R.A, Janssen, J.A.M.J.L, & van der Lely, A-J. (2005). Limited predictive value of an acute test with subcutaneous octreotide for long-term IGF-I normalization with Sandostatin LAR in acromegaly. European Journal of Endocrinology, 153(1), 67–71. doi:10.1530/eje.1.01935