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      Category : Health Centers > Endocrine Disorders


Alternate Names : Pituitary Gland Deficiency

Hypopituitarism | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

If possible, the underlying cause is treated. This may involve medications or surgery. Hormone replacement pills or injections are often required to boost low levels of certain hormones in the body.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

All medications have side effects, including allergic reactions and stomach upset. Hormone medications may cause the hormone level to get too high, which can be toxic to the body. Other side effects vary, depending on the medications used. When surgery is done, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, and allergic reaction to anesthesia.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

If the cause is successfully treated and the pituitary gland recovers, a person may not need further treatment. In most cases, though, this is not possible. Treatment with hormone replacement pills or injections are often needed for life.

How is the condition monitored?

The healthcare provider will monitor the functioning of the pituitary gland with periodic examinations and blood tests. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 05/01/01

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