Hypopituitarism. Medical information about Hypopituitarism …

Posted: May 3, 2017 at 4:47 pm

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Hypopituitarism is the inability of the pituitary gland to provide sufficient hormones, due to an inability of the pituitary gland to produce hormones or due to an insufficient supply of hypothalamic-releasing hormones.

Symptoms depend on the degree of hormone depletion and the rapidity of onset. Hypopituitarism is usually a mixture of several hormonal deficiencies but rarely involves all the pituitary hormones. Hypopituitarism is usually chronic and lifelong, unless successful surgery or medical treatment of the underlying disorder can restore pituitary function.[1]

Taken from the results of one study:[1]

The most common cause of hypopituitarism is anterior pituitary tumours. The causes of hypopituitarism include:

See also the separate article on Pituitary Function Tests.

Hypopituitarism is sometimes associated with diabetes mellitus, dyslipidaemia, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.[1]

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