Hypopituitarism | University of Maryland Medical Center

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Hypopituitarism is a condition in which the pituitary gland does not produce normal amounts of some or all of its hormones.

Pituitary insufficiency

The pituitary gland is a small structure that is located just below the brain. It is attached by a stalk to the hypothalamus. This isthe area of the brain that controlsthe pituitary gland'sfunction.

The hormones released by the pituitary gland (and their functions) are:

In hypopituitarism, there is a lack of one or more pituitary hormones. Lack of a hormone leads to loss of function in the gland or organ the hormone controls. For example, lack of TSH leads to loss of normal function of the thyroid gland.

Hypopituitarism may be caused by:

Occasionally, hypopituitarism is due to uncommon immune system or metabolic diseases, such as:

Hypopituitarism is also a rare complication after pregnancy, a condition called Sheehan's syndrome.

Symptoms of hypopituitarism include any of the following:

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