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What causes pituitary hormone deficiency?

Pituitary hormone deficiency is usually caused by a benign pituitary tumor pressing on and destroying the cells of the pituitary gland. All of the hormones except prolactin can be replaced by medications—pills, injections, nasal spray, skin patches and/or skin gel, depending on the type of hormone.

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