If hypopituitarism is caused by a tumor, you may need surgery to remove the tumor, with or without radiation therapy. It is often necessary to replace hormones that are lacking, even after successful treatment of a pituitary tumor.
Hormone therapy is needed to replace hormones that are no longer made by organs under the control of the pituitary gland. These may include:
- Corticosteroids (cortisol)
- Growth hormone
- Sex hormones (
testosteronefor men and estrogen for women)
- Thyroid hormone
Drugs are also available to treat related
Hypopituitarism is usually permanent and requires lifelong treatment. However, you can expect a normal life span.
Side effects of drug therapy can develop. In severe illness, failing to take extra corticosteroids can be life-threatening.
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms of hypopituitarism.