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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is hypopituitarism?

The pituitary gland is a part of the brain that controls hormone levels in the entire body. In hypopituitarism, this control is disrupted, causing hormone levels to drop and organ function to decrease. Causes include tumors, previous radiotherapy, infections and autoimmunity (body's immune system attacking itself).

Symptoms of hypopituitarism

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Dry Mouth

  • Fatigue

  • Inappropriate milk production e.g. not pregnant or with recent childbirth, or as a male

  • Feeling down

  • Abnormal menstrual cycles e.g. too early or too late

Questions your doctor may ask to check for hypopituitarism

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose hypopituitarism

  • Do you feel any weakness in your arms or legs?

  • Do you have dry mouth?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Are you producing breast milk inappropriately (even though you have not been pregnant or given birth, or are a man)?

  • Have you been feeling depressed recently?

Treatment for hypopituitarism

The main goal of treatment is restoring normal hormone levels. The specialist will prescribe several types of hormones, and patients may need to attend regular follow-ups to ensure the dose is correct for each individual. Surgery may be needed if a tumor is causing this condition.

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References

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    https://journals.lww.com/co-pediatrics/Abstract/2019/08000/Diagnosis_and_management_of_hypopituitarism.17.aspx

  • Kurtoğlu S, Özdemir A, Hatipoğlu N. Neonatal Hypopituitarism: Approaches to Diagnosis and Treatment. J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol. 2019 Feb 20;11(1):4-12. doi: 10.4274/jcrpe.galenos.2018.2018.0036. Epub 2018 May 9. PMID: 29739730; PMCID: PMC6398195.

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  • Fernandez-Rodriguez E, Bernabeu I, Andujar-Plata P, Casanueva FF. Subclinical hypopituitarism. Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Aug;26(4):461-9. doi: 10.1016/j.beem.2011.10.007. Epub 2012 May 22. PMID: 22863388.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1521690X11001345?via%3Dihub

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