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Pituitary assessment strategy 

Pituitary assessment strategy
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Pituitary assessment strategy
Author(s):

W. M. Drake

and P. J. Trainer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199235292.003.2067
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date: 19 February 2019

The optimum methods of testing anterior and posterior pituitary function and the interpretation of the results are subjects of continuing debate. The syndromes associated with and consequences of hypo- and hyperpituitarism, and the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes insipidus are all discussed elsewhere in this book. The intention of this chapter is to describe the physiological basis and evidence in favour of the various available tests of anterior pituitary function, discuss the limitations of using artificial assessments on which to base patient management decisions and, ultimately, endeavour to produce a rational approach to the investigation of suspected hypopituitarism.

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