Endocrinology Research and Practice
Case Report

A Rare Cause of Hypopituitarism: Pituitary Tuberculosis

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Uludag University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Bursa, Turkey

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Uludag University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Bursa, Turkey

Endocrinol Res Pract 2012; 16: 26-28
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ABSTRACT

Pituitary tuberculosis is a rare condition that can present with hypopituitarism even without any evidence of systemic tuberculosis and is easily confused with pituitary adenomas. Headache and hypopituitarism are the most common presenting symptoms. We report the case of pituitary tuberculosis in a 39-year-old male patient who presented with panhypopituitarism. Although it is rare and difficult to diagnose, pituitary tuberculosis should be considered in every nonfunctional sellar masses, especially in fairly small ones with unexpected hypopituitarism. 

 

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