Pituitary Insufficiency

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Classification according to ICD-10
E23.0 Hypopituitarism
E23.1 Drug-induced hypopituitarism
E89.3 Hypopituitarism after medical measures
ICD-10 online (WHO version 2019)

In the pituitary (hypopituitarism) is a disorder of production and therefore to an inadequate secretion of hormones of the pituitary gland . A distinction is the sub-function of the anterior pituitary ( hypopituitarism , abbreviation: hypopituitarism, synonyn: hypopituitarism , Crohn Simmonds or Simmondssche disease ) and the lower function of the pituitary ( Hypophysenhinterlappeninsuffizienz , abbreviation: HHL insufficiency).

The resulting disturbances result from the physiological effects of the respective hormones.


or unknown (idiopathic)



Pituitary insufficiency is treated surgically or with medication, depending on the cause. To do this, the various hormones that are not produced in the body are substituted. But not the releasing hormones are replaced, but hormones such as B. testosterone , thyroxine , somatotropin , cortisol .


  • Stephan Petersenn et al .: Useful pituitary stimulation tests . In: Deutsches Ärzteblatt Int . No. 107 (25) , 2010, pp. 437-443 ( online ).
  • Ludwig Weissbecker: Diseases of the anterior pituitary gland. In: Ludwig Heilmeyer (ed.): Textbook of internal medicine. Springer-Verlag, Berlin / Göttingen / Heidelberg 1955; 2nd edition, ibid. 1961, pp. 999-1008, here: pp. 1001-1004: The anterior pituitary insufficiency (hypopituitarism).

Web links

  • Children's pituitary group - Germany-wide self-help group for parents with children or adolescents with pituitary insufficiency. It offers information, exchange and support on all questions and topics related to the disease.