hypophysitis

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hy·poph·y·si·tis

(hī-pof'i-sī'tis),
Inflammation of the hypophysis.

hy·poph·y·si·tis

(hī-pof'i-sī'tis)
Inflammation of the hypophysis.

hypophysitis

(hi-pof?i-sit'is) [ hypophysis, + -itis]
Inflammation of the pituitary gland.

autoimmune hypophysitis

Lymphocytic hypophysitis.

lymphocytic hypophysitis

A relatively rare autoimmune disease in which the pituitary gland is infiltrated and damaged by lymphocytes, esp. during pregnancy or the postpartum period. Imaging studies of the pituitary gland show massive enlargement.. Imaging studies of the pituitary gland show massive enlargement. Hormone deficiencies, or in some cases, hyperprolactinemia, can occur.
Synonym: autoimmune hypophysitis
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A case of Mikulicz's disease (IgG4-related plasmacytic disease) complicated by autoimmune hypophysitis.
Whether the above-mentioned patient had autoimmune hypophysitis could not have been ascertained at that time since the first patient of autoimmune hypophysitis was diagnosed ante mortem in 1980 (11).
Autoimmune hypophysitis ultimately can give the picture of empty sella on pituitary imaging and cannot be ruled out at present, although GH deficiency is considered to be less common in lymphocytic hypophysitis and pituitary stalk was not thickened in the present patient (12,14).

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