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Pituitary Disorders 

Pituitary Disorders
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Pituitary Disorders
Author(s):

Charles F. Abboud

, Bryan McIver

, and Pankaj Shah

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199948949.003.0030
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date: 14 December 2019

Hypopituitarism usually results from a deficiency of anterior pituitary hormones or, rarely, from tissue resistance to these hormones. Primary pituitary disease results from the loss of anterior pituitary cells and may be congenital or acquired. Hypothalamic hypopituitarism results from hypothalamic or pituitary stalk disease associated with the loss of hypophysiotropic regulatory hormones of the anterior pituitary cells. This chapter has three goals: summarize hypothalamic and pituitary disorders, review water metabolism, and describe pituitary-related emergencies.

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