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Emergency management of pituitary apoplexy in adult patients

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Last updated:1st Feb 2013

Classical pituitary apoplexy is a medical emergency and rapid replacement with hydrocortisone maybe life saving. It is caused by haemorrhage and/or infarction of a tumour within the pituitary gland. A high index of clinical suspicion is essential to diagnose this condition as prompt management may be life and vision saving. This guideline aims to take the non-specialist through the initial phase of assessment and management.


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