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Hypopituitarism Treatment in Spain

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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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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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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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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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Hospital General de Catalunya

idcsalud Hospital General de Catalunya provides medical services in over 25 specialties, being one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Europe, with an excellent medical care capacity to carry out complex surgeries and medical conditions.

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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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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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Hospital Quirón Valencia

Quirón Hospital of Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.

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Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management.

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Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.

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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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