Causes of hypopituitarism can directly affect the pituitary gland. Or they can indirectly affect the gland through changes in the hypothalamus. Direct causes are:
Indirect causes are:
Symptoms are different for each person. They happen over time or right away. They depend on which hormones the pituitary gland is not making enough of. The following are common symptoms linked to certain hormones:
These symptoms may look like other health problems. Always see your health care provider for a diagnosis.
Your health care provider will ask about your past health. You will also need an exam. Other tests you may need:
Your health care provider will figure out the best treatment for you based on:
Treatment of hypopituitarism depends on what is causing it. The goal of treatment is have the pituitary gland work as it should. Treatment may include: