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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pituitary: Controls every endocrine gland in your body, so it has a very important role. ...Read more
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
Yes: Only the portion of the gland experiencing dysfunciton is affected. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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