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Sheehan syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • Postpartum hypopituitarism
  • Postpartum panhypopituitarism
  • Postpartum panhypopituitary syndrome
  • Postpartum pituitary necrosis
  • Simmond's disease
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Tests & Diagnosis

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How is Sheehan syndrome diagnosed?

Diagnosis of Sheehan syndrome can be difficult.[1][2] The diagnosis is based on clinical evidence of hypopituitarism in a woman with a history of severe postpartum bleeding.[1] Blood tests to measure hormone levels and CT scan of the head (to rule out other pituitary problems such as a tumor) may help to confirm the diagnosis.[3][2] 
Last updated: 8/25/2011

References
  1. Schrager S, Sabo L. J Am Board Fam Med. 2001; http://www.jabfm.org/cgi/reprint/14/5/389.pdf. Accessed 2/23/2010.
  2. Sheehan's syndrome. MayoClinic.com. 2009; http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/sheehans-syndrome/DS00889/DSECTION=all&METHOD=print. Accessed 2/23/2010.
  3. Vorvick L, Storck S. Sheehan syndrome. MedlinePlus. 2008; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001175.htm. Accessed 2/23/2010.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Postpartum hypopituitarism
  • Postpartum panhypopituitarism
  • Postpartum panhypopituitary syndrome
  • Postpartum pituitary necrosis
  • Simmond's disease
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.