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Weak Pituitary Gland Overview

Another name for Weak Pituitary Gland is Hypopituitarism.

What is hypopituitarism?
A person with hypopituitarism has decreased blood levels of the hormones produced by the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland makes hormones that regulate growth, metabolism, sexual development, and fertility. The most common pituitary hormone deficiency is growth hormone deficiency. Those with hypopituitarism have an increased risk for heart disease.

What are the symptoms of hypopituitarism?
Symptoms of hypopituitarism may include abdominal pain, poor appetite, excessive thirst, excessive urination, fatigue, headache, low blood pressure, vision changes, weakness or fatigue, and weight loss. Children with hypopituitarism may have delayed sexual development.

How does the doctor treat hypopituitarism?
Treatment for hypopituitarism depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for hypopituitarism may include hormone replacement therapy and surgery.

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Last Updated: Aug 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Weak Pituitary Gland References
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