Hypopituitarism Research Paper

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Hannah Len

Mrs.Scribner

Lcc Afternoon

March 28 2017

Hannah Len

Mrs. Scribner

Lcc Afternoon

March 28 2017

Hypopituitarism verses Hyperpituitarism

Hypopituitarism is a rare disorder in both males and females where your pituitary gland has either failed to produce one or more of its hormones or isn’t producing enough. The pituitary gland is a small jelly bean shaped gland situated at the base of your brain, behind your nose and between your ears. While this is here it is secreting hormones that affect almost every part of your body. Hypopituitarism is essentially another word for the pituitary gland not being active enough. The parts of this word have different meanings for example hypo is a prefix that means under, pituitar(y)
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Some things can be minor such as stomach pain, decreased appetite, headaches, and vision problem. More elaborate symptoms may include face swelling, hair loss, changing voice, joint stiffness, and so on. Patients are often diagnosed with hypopituitarism if their doctor suspects their hormone level isn’t right. Their doctor will check their hormone levels with blood test and will ask them to do check ups on a regular basis and will do a number of test on the patient. This test may consist of several things such as taking a blood and urine test, dynamic …show more content…
The cause of hyperpituitarism is due to pituitary adenomas which are tumors that develop in the pituitary gland, generally we do not know why these tumors occur. Since we don’t know what cells are affected the pituitary gland will start to secrete excessive amounts of one or maybe even two hormones. This disease affects men and women equally between the ages of 30 and 50 years old, rarely does this disease occur in children. Signs and symptoms of this disease may include things such as muscle weakness, visual field loss or double vision, sleep apnea, excessive sweating, and even numbness or tingling of the skin. Diagnosis depends on the type of cell being infected but your doctor will do a number of test such as blood test to figure of the levels of pituitary hormones in the blood, CT, (computerized tomography)and MRI, (magnetic resonance imaging) to determine what cell has been

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