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What can cause pituitary gland thickening?

What can cause pituitary gland thickening?

Pituitary: Stalk thickening can be a sign of a tumor. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

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


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Could you live without your pituitary gland?

Could you live without your pituitary gland?

Yes with treatment: Yes, with replacement hormones. Such treatment is complex and usually requires careful management by an endocrinologist. But sometimes necessary if it isn't possible to save the pituitary, e.g. after surgery for a tumor in the area. ...Read more

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What does the pituitary gland mainly control?

All endocrine organs: Those include the ovary, thyroid, breast, and adrenal gland to name a few. ...Read more

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What are the common pituitary gland disorders?

What are the common pituitary gland disorders?

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

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Suppressed pituitary gland what cure is there?

Find the cause: Before a treatment can be recommended the cause of the problem has to be diagnosed. ...Read more

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What can you do to stimulate the pituitary gland?

What can you do to stimulate the pituitary gland?

Several ways: Exercise is one of the easiest and most natural ways to stimulate the pituitary gland.
Maintaining a proper body weight often helps to stimulate the pituitary gland and increase production of hgh and eating healthy diet. ...Read more

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What does a squeezing on the pituitary gland mean?

Out of context: That question, our to left field, with no medical history or story attached to it is impossible to answer ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about my enlarged pituitary gland?

Should I be concerned about my enlarged pituitary gland?

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

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What is the definition or description of: pituitary gland?

What is the definition or description of: pituitary gland?

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

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I'm just wondering, if you were to control the pituitary gland in females, what would happen?

I'm just wondering, if you were to control the pituitary gland in females, what would happen?

What do you mean?: Your question makes no sense. The pituitary gland is the "master" gland, controlling other hormone systems in your body. If it is not working correctly there are various treatments depending on what hormone is affected. ...Read more

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What can cause hyperplasia of the pituitary gland?

What can cause hyperplasia of the pituitary gland?

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

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What is rykies cyst adjacent to the pituitary gland?

What is rykies cyst adjacent to the pituitary gland?

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

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How harmful is cancer of the pituitary gland?

How harmful is cancer of the pituitary gland?

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

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How horrible is cancer of the pituitary gland?

How horrible is cancer of the pituitary gland?

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

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Pituitary gland, how does drug therapy work?

Need to know: The specific problem with the pituitary gland and what drug you are referring to. ...Read more

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Why do doctors do an MRI of the pituitary gland?

Why do doctors do an MRI of the pituitary gland?

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

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Should a mass on pituitary gland be surgically removed?

Should a mass on pituitary gland be surgically removed?

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

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Doctor says I have a large pituitary gland. Is that bad?

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

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Can you get rid of a cyst on the pituitary gland with medicine?

Can you get rid of a cyst on the pituitary gland with medicine?

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

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Do you know are the treatments the same as for pituitary gland tumors?

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

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Are beta endorphins only made in the hypothalamus and pituitary gland?

Are beta endorphins only made in the hypothalamus and pituitary gland?

The majority: The majority of beta endorphins are produced in the pituitary and hypothalamus, but they are also produced in other regions of the peripheral and central nervous system. That that is produced in the pituitary in response to stress is secreted into the blodd stream. ...Read more

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Cushing's syndrome: is pituitary gland removal the best form of treatment?

Cushing's syndrome: is pituitary gland removal the best form of treatment?

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

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Can smoking and drinking cause an increase in a pituitary gland tumour size?

Can smoking and drinking cause an increase in a pituitary gland tumour size?

Pituitary tumors: There are many different kinds of pituitary tumors but most should not be directly affected by smoking or alcohol. However, there are a lot of peripheral effects on your body from smoking and alcohol. You should see your endocrinologist about this. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the role of pituitary gland in causing bitemporal hemianopia?

Please help! What is the role of pituitary gland in causing bitemporal hemianopia?

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

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When a female reaches puberty, what hormones does the pituitary gland begin to produce?

When a female reaches puberty, what hormones does the pituitary gland begin to produce?

Puberty: Hormones are present long before puberty.
Please go online and check for images related to "Hormones and Pituitary".

You should see diagrams and brief comments. ...Read more

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Is a pituitary gland tumour cancerous because when I type it in google it's being related to cancer?

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

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Can you tell me how the hypothalamus control the production and release of hormones of the pituitary gland?

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

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Is it possible that a high white cell count be caused by c.O.P.D, a pituitary gland tumour, or female problems?

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

Pituitary Gland (Definition)

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 ...Read more