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Hypopituitarism

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is hypopituitarism?

Hypopituitarism is a condition where your pituitary gland does not make enough hormones. The pituitary gland is found under the middle of your brain. Your pituitary gland makes and releases hormones such as prolactin, growth hormone, and thyroid stimulating hormone. It also controls the amount of hormones that other glands make and release in your body. Another area of your brain, called the hypothalamus, is found above your pituitary gland. It sends signals to your pituitary gland telling it which hormones to release, and how much.

What increases my risk for hypopituitarism?

Which hormones are decreased because of hypopituitarism?

Your pituitary gland has 2 main areas that make different hormones. The anterior pituitary gland is found at the front, and is the larger of the two. The posterior pituitary gland is at the back and stores hormones that are made by the hypothalamus.

What are the signs and symptoms of hypopituitarism?

How is hypopituitarism diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about health conditions or injuries you may have had. Your provider may also ask if you have a family history of hypopituitarism. Tell your provider about your symptoms and how long you have had them. You may need any of the following:

How is hypopituitarism treated?

Treatment may depend on what is causing your hypopituitarism. It may include medicine to treat a brain injury, radiotherapy, or surgery to treat a tumor. You may also need the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I or someone close to me seek immediate care or call 911?

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