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Can empty sella cause thyroid problems?

Can empty sella cause thyroid problems?

Introduction: Empty sella syndrome is a rather frequent neuroradiological finding in the general population and can be associated with hypopituitarism. Examinations reveal low pituitary hormone levels and lack of response to stimuli. Most patients suffer from central hypothyroidism as part of pituitary insufficiency.

Is empty sella syndrome an autoimmune disease?

No evidence for autoimmunity as a major cause of the empty sella syndrome.

Does empty sella syndrome go away?

Empty sella syndrome is the term used to describe the appearance of a small or absent pituitary gland on pituitary imaging. Most patients have no symptoms, and generally no treatment is required. If hormone deficiencies are present, replacement therapy should be considered.

How is the diagnosis of empty sella syndrome made?

In most people with primary empty sella syndrome, the diagnosis is made incidentally when a brain imaging study (MRI or CT scan) is done for another reason. If there are no symptoms, doctors will usually do screening blood tests measuring thyroid hormones and cortisol levels. If these are normal, generally no further evaluation is necessary.  

Can a child with empty sella have growth hormone deficiency?

These hormones regulate many different bodily functions. Although a rare occurrence, some abnormal or decreased pituitary function can occur (hypopituitarism) in the setting of empty sella. A specific finding in some individuals with empty sella, including children, has been isolated growth hormone deficiency.

What does it mean when your sella turcica is empty?

The buildup of spinal fluid squashes the pituitary gland flat, so it looks like your sella turcica is empty. This condition is known as primary empty sella syndrome (ESS).

Is the sella turcica full of cerebrospinal fluid?

In empty sella syndrome, the sella turcica is either partially filled with cerebrospinal fluid and a very small associated pituitary gland lying in the floor of the sella (partially empty sella) or completely filled with cerebrospinal fluid with no visualized pituitary gland (completely empty sella).