What Are The Symptoms of Sheehan’s Syndrome?

What Are The Symptoms of Sheehan’s Syndrome?

    The clinical features of Sheehan Syndrome are highly variable and depend on the areas of the pituitary gland that has died (necrosis). Patients that have a smaller proportion of the pituitary tissue damaged may not develop symptoms until weeks or even years after the childbirth. 

There appears to be two forms of Sheehan Syndrome; a chronic form and an acute form. The appearance of the form depends on the amount of damage to the gland’s cells.

In chronic form cases, the volume of damage to the pituitary is much less and symptoms may not appear for months or years after delivery. The acute form reflects considerable damage so that symptoms become apparent soon after delivery.

    In both the chronic and acute forms, there may be signs of diabetes insidious (DI) such as abnormal thirst for and intake of water, as well as high volume of output of urine.

A frequent symptom of Sheehan’s Syndrome is associated with failure of lactation after a woman gives birth.  Other symptoms  can include: lost of menstruation, sexual interest (libido) is diminished, pubic hair does not grow back, hair in the armpits (axilla) slowly disappears, and breasts and genitalia atrophy (diminish in size). However, for some women, menstrual periods do recur and subsequent pregnancies have been reported. 

The characteristics of hypothyroidism usually develop gradually. A dry, waxy type of swelling (myxedema) may take years or decades to become apparent. The severe ACTH deficiency is associated with fatigue, chronic hypotension with fainting and the ability to respond to stress.


Sheehan’s Syndrome can be a difficult diagnosis because many of  symptoms are similar to other diseases or aliments. When a woman has Sheehan’s Syndrome she may have one or many of the symptoms listed below:

    Slow mental function
    Salt Cravings 
    Extreme weight gain (Caused by Hypothyroidism)
    Extreme weight loss
    Lack of libido
    Abdominal pain
    Lack of appetite
    Low blood pressure
    Dizziness and fainting
    Difficulty or inability to breast-feed (breast milk never “comes in”)
    Difficulty staying warm
    Lack of menstrual bleeding
    Loss of pubic and axillary hair

        Below is a list subjectively list between the Chronic Form of Sheehan’s Syndrome and Acute Form of Sheehan’s Syndrome:

        What Are Sheehan's Syndrome Symptoms?

        What Are Sheehan’s Syndrome Symptoms?

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