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Successful twin pregnancy in panhypopituitarism


R. D. Jeewantha ,

De Zoysa Maternity Hospital, Colombo, LK
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Professorial Obstetrics and Gynaecology unit
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M. R. L. Perera,

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine
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C. N. Wijeyaratne,

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine
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L. D. Ranasinghe

National Hhospital of SriLanka, LK
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Panhypopituitarism is characterized by inadequate or absent production of anterior pituitary hormones. This involves hypofunction of most of the major endocrine functions that affect fertility and reproduction. Deficiency of all six anterior pituitary hormones leads to deficiencies of gonadotrophins (FSH, LH), thyroid axis (TSH), adrenocortical hormones (ACTH), Growth Hormone (GH) and Prolactin (PRL). GH and gonadotrophin deficiency are commoner (1) than TSH and ACTH deficiency (2).


Although pregnancy after complete loss of pituitary function is uncommon, advances in fertility treatment have led to increased pregnancy rates in these women. Problems related to pregnancy include infertility, lactation failure and increased risk of complications such as miscarriage, anaemia, pregnancy-induced hypertension, placental abruption, premature birth, and postpartum hemorrhage (3, 4, 5). Conception in this group of patients usually requires the support of assisted reproductive techniques. Induction of ovulation by means of human or recombinant gonadotrophins is widely used in current practice. Progestrogen support following conception, optimizing other hormonal replacement and careful monitoring throughout pregnancy play a vital role in successful pregnancy outcomes. We report a subject with panhypopituitarism who was managed in our Endocrine Antenatal clinic with successful outcome.
How to Cite: Jeewantha, R.D., Perera, M.R.L., Wijeyaratne, C.N. and Ranasinghe, L.D., 2015. Successful twin pregnancy in panhypopituitarism. Sri Lanka Journal of Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism, 5(2), pp.103–106. DOI:
Published on 28 Aug 2015.
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