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Empty sella syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Empty sella turcica
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pituitary gland shrinks or becomes flattened. There are two types of this syndrome, primary and secondary.The primary form occurs when a hole in the membrane covering the pituitary gland allows fluid in, which presses on the pituitary. The secondary form occurs when the pituitary gland is damaged by a tumor, radiation therapy, or surgery. Empty sella syndrome can also be seen in a condition called pseudotumor cerebri. Often Empty sella syndrome causes no symptoms, however some people experience symptoms of hypopituitarism due to a partial or complete loss of pituitary function.Empty sella syndrome is a condition in which the
Last updated: 1/28/2010
- Empty sella syndrome. MedlinePlus. 2009; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000349.htm. Accessed 12/15/2011.
- The Pituitary Network Association has an information page on empty sella syndrome. Click on Pituitary Network Association to view the information page.
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