What Causes Sheehan’s Syndrome?

What causes Sheehan's Syndrome?

What Causes Sheehan’s Syndrome?

Sheehan’s Syndrome is a rare disease that affects the function of the pituitary gland. and is caused by severe blood loss during or after childbirth. The loss of blood to the pituitary gland may destroy hormone producing tissue. When necrosis of the pituitary gland occurs the pituitary may lose some or all of its function.

Sheehan’s Syndrome is caused by severe blood loss during or after childbirth. The loss of blood to the pituitary gland may destroy hormone producing tissue.

The loss of blood to the pituitary gland may destroy hormone producing tissue.

When necrosis of the pituitary gland occurs the pituitary gland may lose some or all of its hormonal function.

The hormones secreted by the pituitary gland include;

These hormones are secreted by the pituitary gland:

  • Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH)
  • Growth Hormone
  • Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH)
  • Oxytocin Prolactin
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
  • Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • Thyroid-Stimulation Hormone (TSH)

The disease, Sheehan’s Syndrome is named after Dr. Harold Leeming Sheehan.

In 1937 Dr. Sheehan’s complete concept of the Sheehan’s Syndrome was reviewed.

Dr. Harold Leeming Sheehan emphasized that during pregnancy the pituitary gland becomes enlarged but its blood supply becomes diminished. If a woman

If a woman hemorrhaged during childbirth it causes a severe drop in blood pressure (hypotension) and may damage the pituitary.

How To Understand What Causes Sheehan’s Syndrome

A simple way to understand this concept is the loss of blood (hemorrhaging) to the pituitary gland creates an infarct (stroke) in the pituitary gland. 

The infarct may cause part or all of the pituitary gland to lose function. The damaging results from a pituitary gland infarct can occur immediately after childbirth or decline gradually.

The damage from a pituitary gland infarct can occur immediately after childbirth or decline gradually.

A damaged pituitary gland can affect the gland’s ability to signal other glands to increase or decrease the production of hormones that control stress, muscle mass, urinary output, metabolism, fertility, wound healing and many other vital processes.

A lack of any of these hormones can cause health problems throughout your body. 

The signs and symptoms of pituitary deficiency may develop gradually and the onset of Sheehan’s Syndrome escapes being noticed.

Sheehan’s Syndrome In Everyday Terms

Think of your pituitary gland as the ignition of your body. 

The parts of your automobile may be fully functional eg. wheels, engine, car body. 

However, if the car’s ignition does not work the automobile will not start. 

You will be going nowhere. 

The same holds true with the pituitary gland. 

If your pituitary gland does not function the pituitary gland is unable to signal other glands to release hormones. 

Similar to an automobile’s ignition the pituitary gland may not fail all at once but slowly loss function. 

 

I hope What Causes Sheehan’s Syndrome? has be insightful. 

 

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