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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 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

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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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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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Can anyone tell me the symptoms of pan hypopituitarism?

Can anyone tell me the symptoms of pan 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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My fiance has hypopituitarism. What can you tell me about this condition?

Complex question: It is hard to answer this briefly. Multiple hormones may be affected. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypopituitarism/basics/definition/con-20019292 ...Read more

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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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