Oct. 31, 2022
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Empty sella syndrome (ESS) is a disorder that involves the sella turcica, a bony structure at the base of the brain that surrounds and protects the pituitary gland. ESS is often discovered during imaging tests for pituitary disorders.
An individual with ESS may have no symptoms or may have symptoms resulting from partial or complete loss of pituitary function including:
There are two types of ESS: Primary and Secondary.
In children, ESS may be associated with early onset of puberty, growth hormone deficiency, pituitary tumors, or pituitary gland dysfunction. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is useful in evaluating ESS.
Unless the syndrome results in other medical problems, treatment is symptomatic and supportive as ESS is not a life-threatening condition.
How can I or my loved one help improve care for people with empty sella syndrome?
Consider participating in a clinical trial so clinicians and scientists can learn more about ESS and related disorders. Clinical research uses human volunteers to help researchers learn more about a disorder and perhaps find better ways to safely detect, treat, or prevent disease.
All types of volunteers are needed—those who are healthy or may have an illness or disease—of all different ages, sexes, races, and ethnicities to ensure that study results apply to as many people as possible, and that treatments will be safe and effective for everyone who will use them.
Where can I find more information about empty sella syndrome?
Information may be available from the following organizations and resources:
Content source: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/health-information/disorders/empty-sella-syndrome Accessed June 22, 2023.
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