Panhypopituitarism, also called hypopituitarism and pituitary dwarfism, is a condition in which the pituitary gland does not produce enough growth hormone. The condition is either congenital (present at birth) or develops over time. Panhypopituitarism is not curable, but it is manageable with hormone replacement therapy.
What causes panhypopituitarism?
Panhypopituitarism can be caused by a tumor of the pituitary gland, illness, injury, stroke, brain infection, and tuberculosis. It can also be genetic. However, in most cases, no cause is found for the disorder.
Is panhypopituitarism serious?
Panhypopituitarism can lead to shortened stature, blood pressure problems, and delayed puberty and reproductive problems.
Can I prevent panhypopituitarism?
Because panhypopituitarism is usually due to situations that are usually not preventable, there is little you can do avoid the condition.
How do I know if my child has panhypopituitarism?
Kids with panhypopituitarism usually have the following symptoms:
- Stunted growth
- Short stature
- Delayed sexual development
How do I treat panhypopituitarism?
Panhypopituitarism is not curable but it is manageable. Your child will need to take replacement hormones for the rest of his life.
Should I call the doctor?
If you feel your child is not developing normally, make an appointment to talk to your doctor. She can help you diagnose and treat your child's panhypopituitarism.
What you need to know about panhypopituitarism
- Panhypopituitarism is a lack of growth hormone.
- Kids with panhypopituitarism may be shorter than their peers and experience delayed sexual development.
- Panhypopituitarism is manageable with hormone replacement therapy.
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- Find out more about addison's isease
- Find out more about gland and hormone conditions
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- What is hypothyroidism?
Written by Rebecca Stigall for Kidspot, New Zealand's source for family health. Sources include Better Health Channel, NSW Health and Health Insite.
Last revised: Wednesday, 20 January 2010
This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.