Because pituitary hormones control so many aspects of your metabolism, Sheehan's syndrome can cause a number of problems, including:

  • Adrenal crisis, a serious condition in which your adrenal glands produce too little of the hormone cortisol
  • Low blood pressure
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Menstrual irregularities

Adrenal crisis: Life-threatening situation

The most serious complication is adrenal crisis, a sudden, life-threatening state that can lead to extremely low blood pressure, shock, coma and death.

Adrenal crisis usually occurs when your body is under marked stress — such as during surgery or a serious illness — and your adrenal glands produce too little cortisol, a powerful stress hormone.

Because of the potentially serious consequences of adrenal insufficiency, your doctor is likely to recommend that you wear a medical alert bracelet.

Jan. 02, 2014