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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Working with a Periodontist
Hi! I am having a lot of problems with my gums. The last few months they have become terribly swollen , sore and I have some over-growth on some. I am a 54 year old woman and the Endro. dr. has run some blood tests. One blood test came back and said that my IGF-1 is high and he wanted me to have the test again. What I have read on this test is that it is related to Pituitary problem and possibly a pituitary tumor (usuaally benign). I wanted to know if Insulin-growth factor -1 could be causing all of my gum problems. My WBC and RBC is okay so it is not leukemia. My body has also dropped DHEA and Pregnonlone so I am taking supplements. Please let me know what you think. Thank you!
There is definitely a need for a consultation between your endocrinologist and periodontist. Hormonal changes may affect gingival health. This may be due to a malfunction of an important gland like pituitary gland and/or menopause related issues.
It is very hard for me to give detailed information related to your differential diagnosis and necessary treatment. I am sure that your periodontist is in touch with your MD. Thank you for visiting NetWellness.
Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University