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Doctor insights on: Does Any Of You Have A Case Of Congenital Absence Of A Pituitary Gland

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Does any of you have a case of congenital absence of a pituitary gland?

Does any of you have a case of congenital absence of a pituitary gland?

Very rare: Only a small handful of this lethal congenital malformation have been described. It is usually associated with adrenal hypoplasia. It should not be confused with the empty sella syndrome which gives the appearance of an absent pituitary on ct or MRI scan. ...Read more

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Pituitary Gland (Definition)

The pituitary is the source of several hormonal stimulation pathways, such as acth to stimulate the adrenal gland, TSH for the thyroid, but the posterior aspect deals with fluid and ...Read more


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Can a child survive without a pituitary gland?

Can a child survive without a pituitary gland?

Yes: We care for many patients who have panhypopituitarism. It becomes complicated, but essentially, there are medication available to replace the vital hormones no longer manufactured by an absent pituitary. ...Read more

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What to do if I have problems with an enlarged pituitary gland?

What to do if I have problems with an enlarged pituitary gland?

Enlarged pituitary: You should see an endocrinologist to determine what is meant by "enlarged pituitary". Is it secreting hormones properly? Is there a tumor/adenoma? There are normal physiologic reasons why it can be "big". An incidental finding on CT or MRI may not be meaningful. ...Read more

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How can the pituitary gland function when parts of it breakdown?

How can  the pituitary gland function when parts of it breakdown?

Pituitary hormones: It is possible that some pituitary hormones do not work, and others do work. For example, after a pituitary insult (tumor, trauma, etc), you could lose the gonadotropins (fsh, lh), but still have preserved acth and TSH (adrenal and thyroid). Some of this is related to the pituitary anatomy, and the locations of certain populations of cells. ...Read more

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Can the pituitary gland recover its functions after surgery?

Sometimes: It really depends on what caused the loss of function and how extensive the surgery was. Perhaps if you have other details i might be able to better answer your question? Please resubmit. Thanks. ...Read more

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When a baby is born without a pituitary gland, what is that called?

Varies with defect: Isolated absence of the pituitary gland is called pituitary aplasia. It often occurs in combination with other physical and organ defects. ...Read more

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Is the removal off the pituitary gland a dangerous surgical procedure?

Is the removal off the pituitary gland a dangerous surgical procedure?

Need more info: The removal of the pituitary through transphenoidal surgery is fairly straightforward, in the hands of good surgeons who do this routinely. But why is this being done? You will have to replace the lost hormones, typically thyroid and adrenal and sex steroids. If there is an isolated pituitary tumor, they should remove it and leave behind normal pituitary, if possible. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a prominent sella and flattening pituitary gland?

Good question: B"sd prominent sellanot really sure - should ask the neuro radiologist. Flattened pituitary: From endocrine point of view woud proceed with evaluation of anterior pituitary hormone status as appropriate. Would depend on why MRI obtained and other factors. Am more than happy to consult on details ...Read more