Other Names for this Disease
- Postpartum hypopituitarism
- Postpartum panhypopituitarism
- Postpartum panhypopituitary syndrome
- Postpartum pituitary necrosis
- Simmond's disease
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Sheehan syndrome is caused by severe blood loss during or after childbirth. Blood loss at that time can be particularly damaging to the pituitary gland (which enlarges during pregnancy), destroying hormone-producing tissue so that the gland cannot function properly.
Last updated: 8/25/2011
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