Often, there are no symptoms or loss of pituitary function.
Patients with empty sella syndrome may have symptoms caused by a partial or complete loss of pituitary gland function. For more information, see hypopituitarism.
Primary empty sella syndrome is most often discovered during radiological imaging of the brain. Pituitary function is usually normal.
The health care provider may test pituitary gland function to make sure that the gland is working normally.
Sometimes tests for high pressure in the brain will be done, such as:
The hormone prolactin is a little high in a small percentage of patients, which may interfere with the normal function of the testicles or ovaries.
Melmed S, Kleinberg D. Anterior pituitary. In: Kronenberg HM, Melmed S, Polonsky KS, Larsen PR, eds. Williams Textbook of Endocrinology. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 8.
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