Pituitary Gland Disorder
Hypopituitarism is also known as pituitary gland disorder. It is a rare condition in which your pituitary gland fails to produce one or more hormones or may not produce hormones at all. The pituitary gland is a kidney-bean-sized gland situated at the base of your brain. Despite its small size, the pituitary gland creates and releases several hormones that act on nearly every part of your body.
What are the Symptoms of Pituitary Gland Disorder?
People with hypopituitarism experience different signs and symptoms depending on which pituitary hormones are affected and how severe the symptoms are. The warning symptoms of pituitary gland disorder include:
- Vision problems
- Mood changes
- Unexplained fatigue
- Changes in menstrual cycles for women
- Erectile dysfunction in young boys
- Inability to achieve or maintain an erection
- Hormone changes
How is Pituitary Gland Disorder Diagnosed?
- Stimulation or dynamic testing. You may be advised to undergo these tests at a clinic specializing in endocrine conditions by your doctor. After you’ve taken certain medications to stimulate hormone production, you’ll have these tests done to check your hormone levels.
- Blood tests. The level of thyroid hormones, adrenal hormones, or sex hormones can be detected by blood tests. Low pituitary hormone levels can be determined by the tests.
- Vision tests. Tests such as these can determine if your sight or vision has been impaired by a pituitary tumor.
- Brain imaging. A pituitary tumor or other problems with the pituitary gland can be detected with magnetic resonance imaging or high-resolution computerized tomography of your brain.
Suggested Treatment for Pituitary Gland Disorder
The first step in treating hypopituitarism is often medication to help your hormone levels return to normal. Since the dosages are set to match what your body would produce if the pituitary gland was not malfunctioning, this is usually called hormone replacement. Medications include:
- Growth hormones
- Sex hormones
- Fertility hormones
Experts may also suggest surgical treatment for disorders or pituitary tumors. Surgery can remove the growth and prevent the condition from worsening. Radiation treatment or medications are also recommended to control the underlying cause.
Sifasi-HP for Pituitary Gland Disorder
Sifasi-HP is a human chorionic gonadotropin. It is generated from the placental cells of pregnant women and is used to treat infertility in men and women. Sifasi-HP is also used to treat pituitary gland disorder in young boys. It aims to restore deficient pituitary hormones to normal levels.