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Acupuncture Points The Pituitary Gland
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more
Pituitary Dis: Pituitary gland has two parts, the adenohypophysis produces hormones like fsh, lh, human growth, igf-1, prolactin, and prolactin releasing dactors, acth, beta-endorphine, tsh, melanocyte stimulating hormone. On the posterior part or neuro-hypophysis: vasopresin or anti-diuretic hormone, oxitocine. Most. Common conditions are bening tumors producing excessive hormone (prolactinomas) or lack of hormo. ...Read more
Out of context: That question, our to left field, with no medical history or story attached to it is impossible to answer ...Read more
See your doctor: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more
Master gland: The pituitary is the source of several hormonal stimulation pathways, such as acth to stimulate the adrenal gland, TSH for the thyroid, but the posterior aspect deals with fluid and electrolyte stabilization (anti-diuretic hormone). ...Read more
Pituitary: Are you reading a path report? Hyperplasia means proliferation of cells. Pituitary cells can do this for many reasons. Normal physiology, eg. Lactating, pregnancy, growth spurt during teens. If you are hypothyroid, your pituitary will increase TSH -cells. Abnormal hormone production (prolactin, ACTH, GH) would involve hyperplasia. The path report must be correlated with the overall picture. ...Read more
Rathke's: Rathke's cyst are remnants from embryonic development. Just cysts, typically not a problem; however, if large perhaps can compress the pituitary and lead to some endocrine dysfunction. Check with an endocrinologist to see if this is the case. ...Read more
Extremely rare: However, any cancer that isn't treated by surgery, radiation or chemotherapy will eventually kill the person who has it. A pituitary adenoma and a craniopharyngioma (a dangerous benign tumor that arises near the pituitary) are both to be distinguished from cancer but both need to be managed. ...Read more
Cancer?: Hi. Did your doctor tell you it's "cancer" or a "tumor"? The VAST majority of pituitary tumors are BENIGN, not cancer. Without a biopsy, no one can assume cancer. Talk with your doctor...this may not be anywhere near as bad as you think. On the other hand, if you do have cancer in the pituitary, it can be bad. Talk with your doctor; get the information. Good luck! ...Read more
Pituitary: I assume that other hormones driven by the pituitary may be abnormal based on history, examination, and labs. The pituitary has a role in control of many hormones. There is a feedback loop between the pituitary and the different tissues that make hormones controlled by the pituitary. The MRI will show if the pituitary looks normal or not. ...Read more
Depends: Small nodules on the pituitary gland can be seen in up to 3% of people who have a CAT scan or MRI of the brain. If they are small (<1 cm), are not making any hormones, and causing no symptoms, they can be watched. If it is producing prolactin, it is treated with medication. Other hormone producing pituitary nodules are typically removed surgically. ...Read more
Pituitary: It is hard to answer this with limited information. Pituitary normally enlarges during puberty, pregnancy, hypothyroidism. What is meant by "large"? Tumor? Is this some incidental statement on a CT report that was done for some other reason? Suggest discussing with an Endocrinologist. ...Read more
Pituitary: No association.Get a more detailed answer ›
Only prolactinomas: A cystic lump seen in the pituitary region on a MRI scan may represent one of several different types of growths: a cystic pituitary adenoma, craniopharyngioma, rathke cleft cyst, or others that are less common. Of these different types of pituitary growths, only a specific type of pituitary adenoma that makes prolactin (i.e. Prolactinoma) responds to medication. The others need surgical therapy. ...Read more
Family practice: Yes he should be able to.Get a more detailed answer ›
Pituitary tumors: The pituitary is the "master" gland for most hormones and any one or more of the components of the pituitary could be involved. The treatment would vary greatly with the results of your physical exam and the lab data. If you know for sure that you have pituitary problems please see an endocrinologist and, depending on the result, you may need medical and/or surgical treatment. Keep in touch please. ...Read more
Cushing's Disease: Hi. Cushing's Disease is the pituitary tumor cause of Cushing's Syndrome (which can also be due to adrenal tumors, various cancers, or exogenous glucocorticoids). So for Cushing's Disease, yes, the first approach is almost always pituitary surgery (taking not whole gland, but only the tumor). Subsequent treatment depends on success of surgery, but can be more surgery, radiation, medications. ...Read more
Pituitary tumors: Hi. The optic chiasm (optic nerves; some of them cross sides) is right above the pituitary. Big pituitary tumors can push up out of the pituitary's bony pocket (the sella) and push against the parts of the optic nerves that cross (they see lateral/temporal visual fields) and cause bitemporal hemianopsia; the parts of the optic nerves that see the medial visual fields are spared. ...Read more
Is a pituitary gland tumour cancerous because when I type it in google it's being related to cancer?
Some are malignant:
The word cancerous usually implies "malignant" as opposed to a growth that is "benign."
pituitary tumors can be both benign, meaning tumors that can usually be removed to cure them, and often do not spread to other parts of the body, and the cells do not invade other tissues; or they can be malignant, meaning they spread into other areas of the body.
Very few pituitary tumors are malignant. ...Read more
Can you tell me how the hypothalamus control the production and release of hormones of the pituitary gland?
Nerve tracts: There are a set of nerve tracts from the hypothalamus that release hormones into the pituitary blood supply. The hormones are called "releasing hormones", and they cause the pituitary to release hormone. Eg. Hypothalamic TRH (thyrotropin releasing hormone) causes the pituitary to release TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). ...Read more
Is it possible that a high white cell count be caused by c.O.P.D, a pituitary gland tumour, or female problems?
How high?: A small elevation in the total white count may be perfectly healthy -- reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside at either end. It's more important to know what the white cells look like, and whether any are abnormal. As a pathologist / lab specialist, I'm always telling folks, "look at the person, not the labs.". ...Read more