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Doctor insights on: Difference Between A Pituitary Dwarf And A Thyroid Dwarf

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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I have hashimoto thyroidism, pituitary tumor, seizures, lesion on my brain and had multiple concussions. My calves are hurting bad what could this be?

I have hashimoto thyroidism, pituitary tumor, seizures, lesion on my brain and had multiple concussions. My calves are hurting bad what could this be?

Wow- a lot!: This can either be as simple as muscular if you have had any changes in excercise or even trauma (fall, seizure). Or it can be neurological, neuropathic pain due to your comorbidities or even the brain lesion. Or vascular such as a DVT or blood clot in your veins. I would recommend that you get evaluated at your earliest convenience. ...Read more

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Difference between hypothyroidism from thyroid and hypothyroidism caused by insufficient pituitary. What lab tests can help differentiate?

Difference between hypothyroidism from thyroid and hypothyroidism caused by insufficient pituitary. What lab tests can help differentiate?

TSH level: If thyroid is underactive, TSH will be elevated. If TSH is low but thyroid hormones are low, suspect pituitary issue. Other pituitary hormones will be hypoactive as well, for example Gonadotropins (FSH, LH) and ACTH. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What's the difference between being an actual dwarf and being the height of a dwarf?

What's the difference between being an actual dwarf and being the height of a dwarf?

Different kinds: Being the size of a dwarf and being a dwarf are the same. There are many different causes of dwarfism, some of which are structural genetic bone/connective abnormalities, some are the result of hormone deficiencies and can be treated. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a dwarf and a midget?

What's the difference between a dwarf and a midget?

See below: Dwarf is a general term of short stature below 4 1/2 ft (135 cm). Those who have normal body proportions are often called midgets. ...Read more

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Nodules haven been found on my thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary, and liver (fatty infiltrations? . I have hypothy. 2nd addison's. What could this be?

Nodules haven been found on my thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary, and liver (fatty infiltrations? . I have hypothy. 2nd addison's. What could this be?

Not sure: Secondary adrenal insufficiency and hypothyroidism from a pituitary tumor + parathyroid tumor could result from men 1. Parathyroid ultrasound imaging is very difficult and needs specially trained radiologists to interpret. Thyroid tumors don't go with that, though. At the very least you need an endocrinologist. Calcium, phos, pth? ...Read more

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What thyroid levels are reflective of pituitary tumor?

What thyroid levels are reflective of pituitary tumor?

Pituitary Tumor: The diagnosis of a pituitary tumor is more complex than thyroid levels. I encourage you to talk to a person specializing in endocrine function. To answer the question: thyroid levels can be high with a tumor secreting thyroid stimulating hormone (tsh), normal with a smaller (~1-3cm) nontsh secreting tumor, or usually low with a larger (>2.5cm) nontsh secreting tumor. ...Read more

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What happens if pituitary gland and thyroid stop working?

Pituitary: Provided that the pituitary is not enlarged, a non-functioning pituitary can be overcome by being prescribed the right medicines such as thyroid hormone.
Your doctor will help you find out what, if any, hormones are missing. ...Read more

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Can diet pills cause disorders in the thyroid or pituitary glands?

Can diet pills cause disorders in the thyroid or pituitary glands?

Not likely: It may depend on what "diet pills" you are talking about, but most over the counter pills will not affect your thyroid or pituitary gland. ...Read more

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Had TRH (thyrotropin) stim test to evaluate pituitary/thyroid func. TSH base=3.27 TSH @ 0, 30, 60 min, respectively 1.48, 1.34, 1.10, opposite of norm?

Had TRH (thyrotropin) stim test to evaluate pituitary/thyroid func. TSH base=3.27 TSH @ 0, 30, 60 min, respectively 1.48, 1.34, 1.10, opposite of norm?

TRH Stim Test: You are right. TSH should have elevated from TRF infusion. The flat response indicates pituitary hypofunction. This can be due to adenoma, pituitary "infarction" with pregnancy delivery associated blood loss and hypotension, or surgical removal. (You would be aware of that for sure...). So, MRI is essential. And some other hormone testing, such as ACTH and cortisol, prolactin, etc ...Read more

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My question is regarding re-regulating thyroid hormone. I suffered from a craniopharayngioma in 2000 and my pituitary gland is non functional.

My question is regarding re-regulating thyroid hormone. I suffered from a craniopharayngioma in 2000 and my pituitary gland is non functional.

Hormonal supplement: Your doctor can take levels of your thyroid and supplement until it reaches a level that is considered normal for both T4 and t3 (liothyronine). Talk to your endocrinologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test that can diagnose PMDD or is there a physical reason for having PMDD such as thyroid or pituitary issues?

Is there a blood test that can diagnose PMDD or is there a physical reason for having PMDD such as thyroid or pituitary issues?

History: The diagnosis of premenstrual dysphoric disorder is made on history. A good history and physical and basic labs rules our comorbidities. It is very serious as it can ruin relationships / make you say or do things you will regret terribly. There are some good treatment options today. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can a pituitary gland problem be misdiagnosed with a low thyroid problem and what are the symptoms need answers asap thank you?

Hormones: Yes, it is possible to have a problem with the pituitary gland mimick the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue, weight gain, lethargy, constipation. There are several blood tests that assess the function of the pituitary gland and the hormones that are secreted. Your physician can go over them in detail. ...Read more

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Another test my 5 year can be tested for be sides pitutary gland and thyroid? My 5 year old daughter has been tested for pituitary gland and thyroid. Comes back negative since the age of 3. She is now close to 90 pounds. Very active and I watch what she e

Another test my 5 year can be tested for be sides pitutary gland and thyroid? My 5 year old daughter has been tested for pituitary gland and thyroid. Comes back negative since the age of 3. She is now close to 90 pounds. Very active and I watch what she e

There: There are many reasons for weight gain in both children and adults. Tests for the thyroid are simple to rule out hypothyroidism include free T4 and tsh. If she is not short for her age she does not likely have something called cushings syndrome which may be caused by a pituitary condition and which causes weight gain from eating a lot.
I would suggest she visit with an endocrinologist and ideally a pediatric endocrinologist to check her out. The absence of a family history of weight problems does raise concern. ...Read more

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Why are the pituitary, thyroid, and gonads the most susceptible glands to radiation? Is it because they can have radioactive cofactors? What are they?

Why are the pituitary, thyroid, and gonads the most susceptible glands to radiation? Is it because they can have radioactive cofactors? What are they?

Not true.: Any organ can be damaged by radiation, but tolerance differs in the dose that can be tolerated. Organs with rapid growth rate are often more sensitive as radiation damages DNA. Thyroid cancer is relatively common, becomes more likely after low dose radiation that damages but doesn't kill cells. The gonads have rapidly dividing cells that radiation kills, causing sterility. ...Read more

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In subclinical hypothyroid with normal antibody tpo. Who gland responsible for sh pituitary or thyroid.

THYROID: It is the thyroid gland early failure sensed by anterior pitutary and as a result elevation of tsh. ...Read more

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What hormones from the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and possibly thyroid cause calcitonin to be released?

What hormones from the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and possibly thyroid cause calcitonin to be released?

Calcitonin: Calcitonin is not affected significantly by any of these. Calcitonin does not do much of anything in humans. When someone has a thyroidectomy, we don't give back calcitonin. ...Read more

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I have septo optic dysphasia and a low pituitary and thyroid I want to get a tatoo but I'm worried if I could go into adrenal shock is that possible?

I have septo optic dysphasia and a low pituitary and thyroid I want to get a tatoo but I'm worried if I could go into adrenal shock is that possible?

Hypopituitarism: I did see that you are on Hydrocortisone or Prednisone which would be used if you are cortisol deficient from your pituitary condition. Even if you were cortisol deficient I don't think the stress of getting a tatoo would case adrenal crisis in someone withno history of cortisol deficiency. Just to be safe I would recommend that you ask your md when you adrenal function was last tested. ...Read more

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With low TSH 0.02 but all normal thyroid and pituitary gland tests what could, be causing the suppressed tsh? Confused please help....

With low TSH 0.02 but all normal thyroid and pituitary gland tests what could, be causing the suppressed tsh? Confused please help....

Depends: Hi. How long has your suppressed TSH been present? If more than a couple months, and your free T4 and T3 (liothyronine) are normal, it's most likely an autonomous hyper-functioning ("hot") nodule (or multiple hot nodules). ...Read more

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I have elevated prolactin, not due to pituitary tumor, will cabergoline enable thyroid and estrogen/progesterone ratio to all become balanced?

I have elevated prolactin, not due to pituitary tumor, will cabergoline enable thyroid and estrogen/progesterone ratio to all become balanced?

Probably: High prolactin can result from certain medications, narcotics, stress, as well as from pituitary tumors that are too small to see on imaging studies. High prolactin will cause female pituitary hormone levels to become abnormal, resulting in irregular periods or loss of periods. Cabergoline will lower prolactin and improve this imbalance. High prolactin does not typically cause abnormal thyroid. ...Read more

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I have no hunger, no fever response, cold/heat intolerance, dysesthesias. Thyroid is normal. No thyroid antibody. Hapothalamus/pituitary issue?

I have no hunger, no fever response, cold/heat intolerance, dysesthesias. Thyroid is normal. No thyroid antibody. Hapothalamus/pituitary issue?

Endocrinologist: If you have not seen an endocrinologist, get in to see one. If you have already seen one and don't feel that all your answers have been met, see another one. ...Read more

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When pituitary gland is responsible for thyroid. Then effect on TSH goes to high or low side of normal range means hypo or hyperthyroid condition?

If your: Pituitary is responsible for hypothyroidism, by definition your TSH will be low. That's what causes the thyroid deficiency. If it is normal, and your free T4 is normal, you do not have hypothyroidism or are on replacement, possibly unnecessarily. Check w/your doctor or see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What could be causing my bf to be always tired gaining weight needing testosterone on meds for thyroid. Has pituitary tumor dr says tumor wouldnt?

What could be causing my bf to be always tired gaining weight needing testosterone on meds for thyroid. Has pituitary tumor dr says tumor wouldnt?

Pitutary problem?: It is hard to figure out from your question. If someone has a pituitary tumor, it could be secreting excess hormone, or it could be damaging the pituitary. Is the pitutary tumor the reason he needs thyroid and testosterone? Does he also need hydrocortisone? It would be important that he have a hormonal work up by an endocrinologist, if not done already. ...Read more

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What does the pituitary gland affect and can it cause bleeding nipples seizures and cause low thyroid?

What does the pituitary gland affect and can it cause bleeding nipples seizures and cause low thyroid?

A whole lot: The pituitary gland secrets many different hormones that affect the adrenal glands, thyroid gland, ovaries/testes, milk production in the breast, growth, and thirst. It shouldn't cause bloody breast discharge. However, it can cause milky or clear breast/nipple discharge, hypothyroidism and seizures. You should see your doctor immediately if you having these symptoms. ...Read more

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I have severe bloating. An 'ovarian like structure ' was found, pituitary, thyroid and liver adenomas too. Extreme weight gain.? Cushings.

I have severe bloating. An 'ovarian like structure ' was found, pituitary, thyroid and liver adenomas too. Extreme weight gain.? Cushings.

Adenoma: Check with endocrinologist. Possible multiple endocrine neoplasia but unlikely. Information provided is not consistent with cushing's disease or syndrome. Check with physician. ...Read more

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Can someone wth a low thyroid have problem wth there pituitary gland and can it be deadly and cause extreme thirst low output and seizures answr asap?

Can someone wth a low thyroid have problem wth there pituitary gland and can it be deadly and cause extreme thirst low output and seizures answr asap?

pituitary, thyroid: Thyroid gland is controlled by hormone from the pituitary gland. Abnormalities in pituitary gand cause multiple hormonal problems that may be life threatening. Seizures are ominous, as it may be due to severe eletrolytes problems or serious issues like tumour in the pituitary. You must seek immedate medical attention if you have seizures. ...Read more

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Short Stature (Definition)

Defined as having a height below the 5th percentile for ...Read more