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Hypopituitarism Treatment in Europe

Hospitals and medical centers in Europe performing Hypopituitarism treatment.

Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Medipol Mega University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Medipol Mega Hospital Complex is a modern medical facility with four specialist hospitals and an extensive selection of high caliber medical devices available for use. The hospital provides treatments in a wide variety of medical fields in its 470 bed facility.

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British Hospital Lisbon XXI

An ISO certified private hospital with in and out patient facilities providing medical services that include urology, neurosurgery, cosmetic surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, ob-gyn, neurology, general surgery, bariatrics, neurology, gastroenterology and more.

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Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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Hygeia Hospital

HYGEIA Hospital is the first large private hospital to operate in Greece and has been a leading healthcare provider for the last 35 years. It is the first and only hospital in Greece to be accredited by the JCI.

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HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.

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Hospitales San Roque

Hospitales San Roque has been consolidated over time in the health sector, with a strong bet for the future with the increase of its facilities and installations and the most advanced technologies designed to give the best health care and welfare to the patient.

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Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

A modern (opened in 2007), general, private hospital located in Madrid, part of the NISA group of hospitals. The international patients department can assist patients with accomodation and trasportation, and can communicate in English as well as in Spanish.

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Klinikum Stuttgart

One of Germany's largest hospitals, made up of more than 50 clinics and specialist institutes spanning all medical specialties. Kinikum Stuttgart is regarded as one of the best hospitals in Germany, and is a referral center for oncology, ENT, pediatrics and more.

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About Hypopituitarism Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.


What is hypopituitarism?

This is a disorder which occurs when there is decreased secretion of some or all of the hormones produced by the pituitary gland. Hypopituitarism may also be referred to as pituitary insufficiency.


Causes of hypopituitarism include:
  • Brain tumor
  • Head trauma
  • Brain surgery
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Radiation therapy
  • Stroke
  • Tumors of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus
  • Infections or inflammation of the brain and the tissues that support the brain

Sometimes hypopituitarism is due to metabolic diseases or uncommon immune system such as:

  • Sarcoidosis
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Lymphocytic hypophysitis
  • Histiocytosis

Symptoms

Symptoms may develop slowly and may greatly vary depending on the number of hormones that are missing, the severity of the disorder and the organs they affect. They include:

  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Excessive urination and thirst
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Abdominal pain
  • Decreased appetite leading to loss of weight
  • Low blood sugar
  • Failure to lactate
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Loss of body hair
  • Headaches
  • Infertility in both men and women
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Low blood pressure
  • Short height of less than 5 feet
  • Changing voice or hoarseness
  • Joint stiffness
  • Slowed growth and sexual development in children
  • Stopping of menstrual periods in women
  • Vision problems
  • Face swelling
  • Unintentional weight gain

Diagnostic tests may include:
  • Brain CT scan
  • Pituitary MRI
  • Serum estradiol (estrogen)
  • Serum ACTH
  • Serum cortisol
  • Serum luteinizing hormone (LH)
  • Serum follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)
  • Serum insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1)
  • Serum testosterone level
  • Thyroid hormone (T4)
  • Serum thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)

Treatment

Treatment of hypopituitarism is based on three factors: treating the underlying cause, treating the hormone deficiencies and addressing any other problems that arise from the hormone deficiencies.


Underlying cause
  • The tumor may be removed surgically by an operation through the nose and sinuses. This procedure is known as Trans-sphenoidal surgery. In addition to addressing symptoms related to the tumor, it may also improve pituitary function. However, the gland is sometimes further damaged as a result of the surgery.
  • The tumor may be removed by opening the skull, a procedure known as a craniotomy. Recovery from this procedure is less likely although sometimes this is the only suitable way to approach the tumor. Retesting the pituitary hormone levels is then performed two to three months after the surgery because it may take some time for hormone levels to change significantly.
  • Some tumors may respond to dopamine agonist treatment. This is a medication that imitates the action of dopamine. This approach usually improves pituitary hormone secretion and makes supplementary treatment unnecessary.
  • Other specific underlying causes are treated as normally.

Hormone replacement

If your hypopituitarism is caused by low levels of hormones you will need lifelong hormone medicines. These will replace hormones that are no longer made by organs under the control of the pituitary gland. These may include:

  • Thyroid hormone
  • Growth hormone
  • Corticosteroids (cortisol)
  • Sex hormones such as testosterone for men and estrogen for women

Medications are also available to treat related infertility that occurs in men and women


Prognosis

Once hypopituitarism develops, it is usually permanent and requires lifelong treatment with one or more medications. You can expect a normal lifespan although the quality of life may be reduced.

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