an acute anterior pituitary lymphocytic reaction characterized clinically by signs and symptoms of anterior pituitary insufficiency; probably an autoimmune disorder because antipituitary antibodies are present in the serum.
Synonym(s): lymphoid hypophysitis
the massive infiltration of the pituitary gland by lymphocytes and plasma cells, with destruction of the normal parenchyma. The disorder is believed to have an autoimmune basis.
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
See also: hypophysitis