What is it about?

Gastrointestinal symptoms are often the first symptoms of hypopituitarism. However, pseudo-intestinal obstruction is not a common manifestation of hypopituitarism. In the reported case of hypopituitarism with pseudo-intestinal obstruction as the first symptom, the patient's initial digestive system examination showed no abnormality. However, during the progression of the disease, the patient developed hyponatremia and drowsiness. The patient was eventually diagnosed with hypopituitarism.Hypopituitarism should be considered when intestinal obstruction with hyponatremia or drowsiness occurs.

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Why is it important?

Endocrine diseases, including hypopituitarism, hypothyroidism, and hyponatremia, should be considered for patients with pseudo-intestinal obstruction combined with hyponatremia and drowsiness, especially if the symptoms of the digestive system are not complicated and the drowsiness is obvious.

Perspectives

I hope this case report will attract the attention of clinicians. Hypopituitarism should be considered when intestinal obstruction with hyponatremia or drowsiness occurs.

Ning Yuan
Peking University International Hospital

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This page is a summary of: Characteristics of Patients with Hypopituitarism having Onset Symptoms of Pseudo-Intestinal Obstruction: A Case Report, Endocrine Metabolic & Immune Disorders - Drug Targets, February 2021, Bentham Science Publishers, DOI: 10.2174/1871530320666200506075958.
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