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Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Jul;15(3):170-4. doi: 10.4103/2230-8210.83400.

Adult hypopituitarism: Are we missing or is it clinical lethargy?

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  • 1Department of Endocrinology, Army Hospital (Research and Referral), Delhi Cantt, New Delhi, India.


Hypopituitarism, a disease of varied etiologies, is a serious endocrine illness that requires early recognition and prompt treatment to avoid its severe deleterious effects. In adults it is often missed due to non-specific symptoms of growth hormone deficiency and hypogonadism or mild deficiencies of other pituitary hormones. In some it may present with acute onset of symptoms suggestive of acute adrenal (corticotropin) insufficiency or symptoms due to mass lesion in/or around pituitary. High index of suspicion is required to seek hypopituitarism in patients with non-specific symptoms such as fatigue and malaise. Treatment of isolated hormone deficiency, partial or panhypopituitarism, has gratifying results although they require lifelong treatment and follow-up.


Adrenal insufficiency; growth hormone deficiency; hypogonadism; hypopituitarism; hypothyroidism

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