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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Pituitary macroadenoma and bipolar disorder

    Last December, I had a pituitary macroadenoma (non-secreting) removed and I remain an outpatient getting continued treatment for hypothyroidism and growth hormone deficiency amongst other things. This month I was diagnosed with type 2 bipolar disorder after being misdiagnosed years previously for depressive disorder.

    I am asking whether the presence of my tumour could have been connected to and/or exacerbated the affective disorder I now know I've experienced over decades? I'm also a migraine sufferer and have been on telmisartan for hypertension over the last 4 years. Has my hypothalamus-pituitary axis been compromised and is that a factor in the cognitive, emotional and mental impairment I'm trying to come to terms with?

    Appreciate your time and thoughts.
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