Empty sella syndrome

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What is empty sella syndrome?

The pituitary gland is a small gland located at the base of the brain in a space called 'sella turcica'. When the pituitary gland shrinks or flattens due to filling with spinal fluid it gives the appearance of being empty. This is referred to as empty sella syndrome.

Common symptoms reported by people with empty sella syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with empty sella syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Femoston Conti)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
empty sella syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Therapeutic Massage)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with empty sella syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with empty sella syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Femoston Conti)
Perceived effectiveness
for empty sella syndrome (2 evaluations)
Side effects
heavy periods
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
empty sella syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Therapeutic Massage)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with empty sella syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has empty sella syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 3
30s 19
40s 37
50s 26
60s 13
70+ 5
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6
20-29 years 5
30-39 years 7
40-49 years 9
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 16
Female 88

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 42
Not Diagnosed 2

These charts show data from empty sella syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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