Patient Story: Alabama Teen Fights Panhypopituitarism

A recent article in the Gadsden Times profiles a senior in high school from Alabama named Haley Smith, who had a rare tumor called a xanthogranuloma of the sellar region pressing down on her optic chiasm. At first doctors didn’t want to perform the risky surgery, but then the tumor burst and they were forced to remove it. She now struggles with panhypopituitarism and takes 450 pills a month to replace the hormones lost to adrenal insufficiency. Read more of Haley’s story here.


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