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Sheehan syndrome

Pronunciation: she'an

Definition: hypopituitarism developing postpartum as a result of pituitary necrosis; caused by ischemia due to a hypotensive episode during delivery.

Synonym(s): pituitary cachexia, postpartum pituitary necrosis syndrome, Simmonds disease, thyrohypophysial syndrome

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