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A 45-year-old member asked:

What does the pineal gland do? why might it need to be removed?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 44 years experience
Pineal function: The pineal gland makes melatonin. Although the exact function and significance is not fully know, it probably plays a role in circadian rhythm (sleep) and may be involved in reproductive function. It is common for the pineal to calcify, and then is shows up on xrays/scans. The calcification is not a problem. Tumors can form in the pineal, but they are rare (that would be a reason to remove).
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What happens if the pineal gland is removed?

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Dr. William Betts
34 years experience
Pinealectomy: The pineal gland may be removed and a person can do just fine. There are complications with this procedure including visual changes and weakness. These often resolve but can be permanent. Pinealectomies are not common.
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