In children, hypopituitarism is often caused by one of the below:
The condition may be present at birth (congenital). Often no exact cause can be found.
A child is at risk for hypopituitarism if he or she has any of these:
Symptoms vary and depend on which hormones are most affected. Common symptoms include:
The signs of hypopituitarism can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
The healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and health history. He or she may also ask about your family’s health history. He or she will give your child a physical exam.
Your child's healthcare provider will consider his or her age, overall health, and other factors when advising treatment. Your child may need to see a pediatric endocrinologist. This is a doctor with extra training in treating children with hormone problems.
Treatment depends on its cause. The goal of treatment is to restore the hormones your child is lacking. Hormone replacement therapy may be done. If a tumor is the cause, surgery or radiation therapy may be done to remove or shrink the tumor.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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