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What are the tests for hypopituitarism?

What are the tests for hypopituitarism?

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

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 symptoms of hypopituitarism?

What are the symptoms of hypopituitarism?

Symptoms vary: It depends on the severity of the hormones deficiency. Possible symptoms include: low blood sugar, low blood pressure, fatigue, weakness, depression, decreased quality of life, brittle nails, low libido, frequent urination, frequent thirst...If the cause is due to a tumor, one can also present with headache, double vision or visual field defects. ...Read more

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Could you tell if a person has hypopituitarism just by looking at them?

No: Hi. No, you can't tell hypopituitarism just by looking at the patient. There are a couple of pituitary hormone excesses you can tell just by looking at & examining a patient (Cushing's and acromegaly stand out, and you can get a pretty good clue for a prolactinoma). But that's not the case for hypopituitarism. You need an index of suspicion and to do the appropriate tests. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hypopituitarism?

What is the treatment for hypopituitarism?

Hormone replacement: Depends on the age and the severity of the hormone deficiency. If you are truly pan-hypopit, you will need thyroid, steroid and sex hormone replacement (i.E: males- testosterone replacement...). ...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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Are there any diets for people with hypopituitarism?

Not Really: Dysfunction of the pituitary gland requires hormonal therapies, not diet. ...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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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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