Tests and diagnosisBy Mayo Clinic staff
Diagnosis of Sheehan's syndrome can be difficult. Your doctor may base the diagnosis in part on your medical history, so it's important to mention any childbirth complications you may have had, no matter how long ago you gave birth. Also, be sure to tell your doctor if you didn't produce breast milk or you failed to start menstruating after delivery — two key signs of Sheehan's syndrome.
If your history and signs and symptoms suggest pituitary insufficiency, you'll have blood tests to check your pituitary hormone levels. You may need specialized stimulation testing of the pituitary hormones, which typically is done after consulting an endocrinologist.
You may also need imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging or computerized tomography, to check the size of your pituitary and to look for other possible reasons for your symptoms, such as a pituitary tumor.
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