Causes of low pituitary function

Many different conditions can result in reduced production of pituitary hormones.


Pituitary disease:

Any disease of the pituitary can cause problems with hormone production. These problems include:  pituitary mass lesions, pituitary  surgery, empty sella, pituitary radiation, hemochromatosis, lymphocytic hypophysitis, Sheehan's syndrome,  genetic diseases, pituitary abscess, pituitary apoplexy

Hypothalamic disease:

These disorders can also cause problems with the secretion of ADH which can cause diabetes insipidus. These problems include: hypothalmic mass lesions, hypothalamic radiation, hypothalmic infections

Trauma to the brain:

Head trauma which fractures the skull base can cause hypothalmic hormone dysfunction. The probability of pituitary function being affected is directly related to the severity of the injury. 

Strokes:

These are rare strokes that affect the pituitary of hypothalamus.
Subpages (1): Pituitary Infarction
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