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Doctor insights on: Comparison Between Hyperpituitarism And Hypopituitarism

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Dr. Kamal Shoukri
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Hypopituitarism (Definition)

Hypopituitarism is a medical condition in which the pituitary gland, located in the brain, does not function. The pituitary gland is responsible for making many important hormones that tell other glands in the body to produce hormones such as thyroid hormone, growth hormone, estrogen, and testosterone. Children with hypopituitarism have inadequate levels of one or ...Read more


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What are the physical characteristics of a person who has hypopituitarism?

What are the physical characteristics of a person who has hypopituitarism?

Hypopit: If the diagnosis is made in the early stages and corrected by replacement of missing hormones there should be few, if any, physical changes. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the physical features of a person who has hypopituitarism?

Hypopit: If all the hormones of the pituitary are low, you will manifest the symptoms of low thyroid, adrenal, sex hormones, etc. One form of acquired hypopit is sheehan's syndrome, which you can read about. http://www.yourhormones.info/endocrine_conditions/sheehans_syndrome.aspx. The sex hormones (lh and fsh) are among the first to go, and they would be among the first to check for. ...Read more

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Could you tell if a person - say a child - has hypopituitarism just by looking at him/her?

Could you tell if a person - say a child - has hypopituitarism just by looking at him/her?

No: Hi. No, you can't tell just by looking at him/her. But the child with hypopituitarism will be very low & falling off the growth chart, so the pediatrician will initiate the work up, which will include hypopituitarism among the possibilities. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hypopituitarism child?

What are the tests for hypopituitarism child?

Many: There are a variety of blood tests and imaging such as an mri. The pituitary gland is involved in many functions , such as the thyroid, sex hormones, growth hormone and adrenal function.Thus man y things may be looked. ...Read more

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Why don't people with hypopituitarism require mineralocorticoids?

Different control: Hi. Good question. As you know, cortisol production by the adrenal cortex is exquisitely regulated by ACTH from the pituitary. In ACTH-deficiency (hypo pit.), cortisol must be replaced. The primary regulator of aldosterone production is the renin-angiotensin system, which does NOT involved the pituitary, and functions just fine in hypopituitarism. ACTH will acutely stimulate aldo, but is not req'd ...Read more

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What is the triple bolus test? How does it relate to hypopituitarism?

Triple bolus test: I can't answer your question without more information. What is in the bolus test? Is your hypopituiterism being treated, and is the "bolus test" simply a follow up to check that all is OK? ...Read more

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Is hyperpigmentation a part of hypopituitarism?

Is hyperpigmentation a part of hypopituitarism?

No : Patients with primary adrenal insufficiency become hyper pigmented prior to diagnosis because of really high pituitary production of acth and msh (causes bronzing). Hypopit patients can't make acth, therefore no significant msh. Bronzing is not seen in hypopit patients with secondary adrenal insufficiency. ...Read more

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How to ask my doctor to test me for hypopituitarism?

How to ask my doctor to test me for hypopituitarism?

Just ask: Doctors are easy to talk to, if the test is indicated from your symptoms, then it may be done, ordering tests just out of curiosity is not covered by any insurances. You would have to pay for your curiosity testing. ...Read more

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