Testing & Diagnosis for Hypopituitarism in Children

The first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis. When your child has hypopituitarism, indicating multiple pituitary hormone deficiencies, tell-tale symptoms alone may help your child's physician make a diagnosis. In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, other diagnostic procedures may include:

  • blood tests to measure hormone levels
  • x-rays of the hand and wrist to determine bone age
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head, which uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body

After we complete all necessary tests, our experts meet to review and discuss what they have learned about your child's condition. Then we will meet with you and your family to discuss the results and outline the best course of action.

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