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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

  1. Schrager S, Sabo L. J Am Board Fam Med. 2001; Accessed 2/23/2010.
  2. Sheehan's syndrome. 2009; Accessed 2/23/2010.
  3. Vorvick L, Storck S. Sheehan syndrome. MedlinePlus. 2008; Accessed 2/23/2010.