Fuller Albright

Fuller Albright (1900 - 1969)

Fuller Albright (1900 – 1969) was an American endocrinologist.

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Albright-Butler-Bloomberg disease (1937)

Syndrome of X-linked, severe developmental anomolies, marked by short-limbed dwarfism affecting the lower extremities, first described by Albright, Butler and Bloomberg in 1937.

Onset usually takes place after 6 months with commonest features including costochondral beading, enlarged wrists and ankles, enamel hypoplasia, and delayed dentition. Associated disorders include waddling gait, protuberant abdomen and, less commonly, dolicocephaly and craniosynostosis.

Metabolic disturbance of hypophosphatemia, elevated serum alkaline phosphatase, diminished tubular reabsorption of phosphate (hyperphosphaturia) and diminished intestinal absorption of calcium. The condition is resistant to Vitamin-D therapy.


Forbes-Albright syndrome (1954)

A disorder characterized by galactorrhea and amenorrhoea. Three types recognized:

  • Chiari-Frommel syndrome: persistent galactorrhoea and amenorrhea after giving birth [1882]
  • Ahumada-Del Castillo syndrome: galactorrhoea-amenorrhoea not associated with pregnancy. There is oestrogen deficiency and decreased urinary gonadotropin levels. [1932, 1953]
  • Forbes-Albright syndrome: galactorrhea-amenorrhea caused by a chromophobe prolactin-producing adenoma of the pituitary [1954]

In 1954 Forbes, Albright and colleagues described 15 non-acromegalic women with persistent amenorrhea-galactorrhea and suggested that these findings were due to hypersecretion of pituitary prolactin. Eight of these patients had enlarged sellae with three chromophobe adenomas surgically demonstrated. The remaining seven had normal sellae.


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Emergency physician MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM with a passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and informatics. Asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | vocortex |

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