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Hypopituitarism Causes & Risks

Causes

There are several factors which may cause this condition:

  • Tumors of the pituitary gland, hypothalamus, or brain
  • Poor blood supply to the pituitary gland
  • Head trauma
  • Radiation to pituitary gland, head, or neck
  • Stroke
  • Infections and inflammatory diseases
  • Uncommon immune system or metabolic diseases
  • A rare complication after pregnancy, called Sheehan’s syndrome
  • Metastatic cancer from lung , colon , prostate , or melanoma

Risk Factors

Factors that increase your the chance for hypopituitarism include:

  • History of childhood cancer (treatment can damage the endocrine system, which controls hormones)
  • Infections
  • Genetics
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Reduced blood volume or hypovolemia

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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