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Hypopituitarism Treatments

Treatment

Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. This condition is permanent. It will likely need to be treated for life. Treatment options include:

Medications

If the condition is caused by a tumor, it is first treated with medications such as:

These can successfully shrink the tumor in up to 90% of cases.

Surgery

Medication may not always work. In this case, surgery may be needed. If a tumor is involved it will be removed. Part or all of the gland may be removed as well.

Hormone replacement therapy is needed after surgery.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

When the target hormone levels are inadequate, they must be replaced. In most cases, therapy does not replace the hormones that the pituitary gland produces. Instead, the hormones of the other target glands that it stimulates are replaced. Examples include:

  • Thyroid hormone
  • Corticosteroids
  • Testosterone (male)
  • Estrogen and progesterone (female)
  • Growth hormone
  • Antidiuretic hormone

Radiation Therapy

Treatment with radiation is used after drug or surgical treatment.

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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