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Sheehan syndrome

  • Alternative Names

    Postpartum hypopituitarism; Postpartum pituitary insufficiency; Hypopituitarism Syndrome


    Symptoms of Sheehan syndrome may include:

    • Inability to breast-feed (breast milk never "comes in")
    • Fatigue
    • Lack of menstrual bleeding
    • Loss of pubic and axillary hair
    • Low blood pressure

    Note: Symptoms other than inability to breast feed may not develop for several years after the delivery.

    Signs and tests
    • Blood tests to measure hormone levels
    • MRI of the head to rule out other pituitary problems, such as a tumor