The pituitary is the “master control” – it makes hormones that affect growth and the functions of other glands in the body.
Known as the “master control gland,” the pituitary gland is a pea-sized organ located at the base of the brain. This master gland induces many hormones that move throughout the body and governs specific processes or stimulates other glands to produce other hormones. Pituitary disorders commonly originate from benign, secretory or non-secretory tumors. Secretory tumors produce too much of a hormone, while non-secretory tumors do not produce. Symptoms are based on the type of tumor, as well as whether it is location-anterior (front) and posterior (back) of the gland.
Complications can arise if the tumors enlarge and intercept standard functions of the pituitary gland. These tumors can fall into three categories: hypersecretion (too much), hyposecretion (too little), and tumor mass (when the tumor presses against the pituitary gland or other areas in the brain). Patients may also experience diabetes insipid, permanent hormone deficiency, pituitary apoplexy and much more.
Since symptoms vary and depend on the glands that are affected, treatment varies by the condition. Treatment involves a composite of ministrations to manage it. They may include medications, radiation therapy, or surgery.
Why come to ELH for your pituitary disorder?
Personalized Treatment Plans
How we treat Pituitary Disorders all depends on the hormone deficiency. From Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ATCH) to Prolactin, we have treatments that will best suit each deficiency.
We have skilled and trained physicians, technicians, and certified nurse practitioners that will be happy to assist you along the way.
Location Near You
They really want to make sure the patient has an understanding of what they are doing for them and why, taking the time to listen. They never rush to get you out the office, they answer all questions and want to make you feel better.
Tameka C. | Eagles Landing Endocrinology Patient
What are the symptoms of Pituitary Disorders?
- Mood/Emotion swings
- Loss of memory
- Loss of sleep
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Weakness in limbs
- High blood pressure
- Unusual hair growth
- Eating disorders (Anorexia, Obesity and Bulimia)
- Weight gain
- Irregular menses