Make an Appointment

The pituitary gland produces several important hormones that control a number of processes in the body. Hypopituitarism occurs when your child’s pituitary gland does not produce enough hormones. Hypopituitarism is a life-long condition, but it can be managed with treatment. Hypopituitarism may develop slowly or it may be sudden and can affect:

  • Growth
  • Metabolism
  • Blood pressure


Often, the exact cause of hypopituitarism is unknown. In some cases, the cause is congenital. Hypopituitarism can also be caused by:

  • Injury to the brain
  • Benign tumor or cancer
  • Infection
  • Autoimmune disorder

Symptoms of Hypopituitarism

Symptoms vary depending on which hormones are affected, but may include:

  • Slow growth
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Low appetite
  • Low blood sugar
  • Cold sensitivity
  • Swelling in the face
  • Late or no puberty
  • Jaundice at birth
  • Small penis size in a newborn

Diagnosis and Treatment at UVA

At UVA, your child’s doctor may perform or recommend:

  • Blood tests
  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • X-ray

Treatment will depend on the cause of the hypopituitarism. Treatment may include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Surgery or radiation, if a tumor is the cause