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Journal of Molecular Biomarkers & Diagnosis

ISSN: 2155-9929

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Sheehan?¢????s Syndrome: A Rare but Potentially Life-Threatening Complication of Postpartum Haemorrhage

Abstract

Monika Thakur, Kunal Mahajan, Sandeep Sharma and Gunjan Gupta

Sheehan’s syndrome (SS), also known as postpartum pituitary gland necrosis, is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication of postpartum haemorrhage. The diagnosis of Sheehan’s syndrome is based on the features of hormone deficiency, a suggestive obstetric history and decreased levels of basal hormones. Diagnosis of pan-hypopituitarism is straightforward, but partial deficiencies are often difficult to elicit. SS is a frequent cause of hypopituitarism in underdeveloped countries. The clinical features of hypopituitarism are often subtle, and years may pass before the diagnosis is made following the inciting delivery. History of postpartum haemorrhage, failure to lactate and cessation of menses are important clues to the diagnosis.

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