What is included in patient education about hypopituitarism (panhypopituitarism)?

Updated: Jun 09, 2020
  • Author: Bernard Corenblum, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Education emphasizes the need for lifelong hormone replacement, increased glucocorticoid replacement during stress, and prompt medical attention as appropriate. Regular monitoring to avoid excessive hormone replacement is important.

All patients with hypopituitarism should carry some identification. This is often in the form of an identification bracelet worn on the wrist or neck. Some vendors include more than 20 lines of information in a tiny pendant. Some may need to have a vial of hydrocortisone (Solu-Cortef) 100 mg and a syringe for emergency purposes at home and while travelling.


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