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When a baby is born without a pituitary gland, what is that called?

Varies with defect: Isolated absence of the pituitary gland is called pituitary aplasia. It often occurs in combination with other physical and organ defects. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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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


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My cousin (12 y/o) was born without a pituitary gland what is that called?

Pituitary aplasia: The term is pituitary aplasia and is very rare. Only a few cases have been reported and they all die shortly after birth. You cannot live without a pituitary gland. If your cousin is 12 years old, it is not a case of aplasia. It is probably a "empty sella syndrome". ...Read more

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Can a child survive without a pituitary gland?

Can a child survive without a pituitary gland?

Yes: We care for many patients who have panhypopituitarism. It becomes complicated, but essentially, there are medication available to replace the vital hormones no longer manufactured by an absent pituitary. ...Read more

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I am without a pituitary gland so I take meds to get a period, my FSH is LOW. My boyfriend came inside me. Is it true that I can't get pregnant?

I am without a pituitary gland so I take meds to get a period, my FSH is LOW. My boyfriend came inside me. Is it true that I can't get pregnant?

Ovulation: Is the key. If you are ovulating and had sex in any of the 5 days or all the 5 days leading to ovulation you get pregnant. If the medication you are taking make you ovulate then you can get pregnant regardless of not having pituatary. ...Read more

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What does a small pituitary gland mean?

What does a small pituitary gland mean?

Probably nothing: Size doesn't matter. What matters is the function of the gland. Who told you it was "small"? Presumably a ct or MRI for some other reason? Check with your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Can you live without the pituitary gland?

Hormone replacement: Yes, but you will need to be on hormone replacement. The two most critical hormones are cortisol (adrenal) and thyroid. Testosterone or estrogen may need replacement. If the posterior pituitary is removed, DDAVP (desmopressin) will need to be given to regulate water balance. Discuss with an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can you live without the pituitary gland?

Can you live without the pituitary gland?

Only if: You receive replacement hormones for those organs controlled by the pituitary, such as thyroid, adrenal, ovaries or testicles, etc. ...Read more

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What can cause pituitary gland thickening?

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

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What does an enlarged pituitary gland mean?

What does an enlarged pituitary gland mean?

Pituitary "enlarged": You need a ct or MRI to see the pituitary. The pituitary normally enlarges during pregnancy and puberty. Hypothyroidism (high tsh) can make it enlarged. Bad stuff: tumors in the pituitary can develop, and they sometime secrete excess hormones, giving rise to many different disorders. Aneurisms, cysts, other things can happen, but all these are readily seen on mri. ...Read more

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What conditions affect the pituitary gland?

What conditions affect the pituitary gland?

Most commonly: Tumors of the pituitary

rarely autoimmune inflammation, metastatic cancers, tb, sarcoidosis

severe blood loss can yield necrosis of pituitary;
head trauma can damage pituitary. ...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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Which organs do the pituitary gland influence?

Which organs do the pituitary gland influence?

Many: Breast, adrenal glands, thyroid glands, ovaries and testes, and kidneys, bones muscles, metabolism of the whole body blood pressure control and others. ...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 diseases can mess up the pituitary gland?

What diseases can mess up the pituitary gland?

Tumors or: Aneurysms enlarge and cause direct pressure - cranioharyngioma for one. Histiocytosis x is an oddity that can cause diabetis insipidus. The "master gland" regulates many endocrine functions leading to over or underproductions. ...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