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Can you live without the pituitary gland?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Hormone replacement

Yes, but you will need to be on hormone replacement.
The two most critical hormones are cortisol (adrenal) and thyroid. Testosterone or estrogen may need replacement. If the posterior pituitary is removed, DDAVP (desmopressin) will need to be given to regulate water balance. Discuss with an endocrinologist.

In brief: Hormone replacement

Yes, but you will need to be on hormone replacement.
The two most critical hormones are cortisol (adrenal) and thyroid. Testosterone or estrogen may need replacement. If the posterior pituitary is removed, DDAVP (desmopressin) will need to be given to regulate water balance. Discuss with an endocrinologist.
Dr. Philip Kern
Dr. Philip Kern
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