Hypopituitarism Syndrome

Alternative names
Postpartum hypopituitarism; Postpartum pituitary insufficiency; Sheehan’s syndrome

Definition
Sheehan’s syndrome is a condition that may occur in a woman who has a severe uterine hemorrhage during childbirth. The resulting severe blood loss causes tissue death in her pituitary gland and leads to hypopituitarism following the birth.

see Postpartum hypopituitarism.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 3, 2012
by Martin A. Harms, M.D.

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