Hypopituitarism By: Zach Lanham
What is Hypopituitarism? • Rare disorder in which your pituitary glands fails to produce one or more of its hormone or does not produce enough of them.
Symptoms • Some symptoms do vary depending on the hormone(s) that are affected. They include: • Fatigue • Loss of Appetite • Weight Loss • Anemia • Short stature in children
Hypopituitarism Causes • Hypopituitarism can be inherited, but is more commonly seen from a tumor on the pituitary gland. Other causes include: • Head injuries • Tuberculosis • Meningitis • Stroke
Diagnosing Hypopituitarism • Blood Tests • To help detect low hormone levels • Dynamic Testing • To detect hormone levels after taking hormone medication • Brain Imaging • To detect a pituitary tumor or other abnormality • Vision Test • To determine if the pituitary tumor has impacted your vision
Treatments • There is not a cure for this disorder, unless it is caused by a tumor, which removing the tumor should allow hormone levels to return to normal. • If there is not a tumor, than hormone replacement therapy is the only other treatment. These include: • Corticosteroids – ex. Hydrocortisone, prednisone • Thyroid – ex. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) • Sex Hormones – ex. Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone • Growth Hormone
Sources • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypopituitarism/DS00479/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs