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What symptoms suggest pituitary disorders?

What symptoms suggest pituitary disorders?

3 catagories: Three types of symptoms can herald a pituitary tumor. Headache is common. Hormone problems are the second, including menstrual irregularities, loss of sex drive, intolerance to heat or cold, or changes in body shape. Vision problems are the third, as the pituitary is right next to the optic nerves. ...Read more

Dr. John Chastain
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Pituitary Disorders (Definition)

The pituitary is a gland in brain. It produces different hormones that help with various bodily functions (reproduction, body temperature control, blood pressure, growth, cognition). A disorder of pituitary can affect one or some or all of hormones and cause excess hormonal production or loss of hormonal production. A person with pituitary disorder should be under ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: Pituitary disorders?

What is the definition or description of: Pituitary disorders?

Hormonal disruption : The pituitary is a gland in brain. It produces different hormones that help with various bodily functions (reproduction, body temperature control, blood pressure, growth, cognition). A disorder of pituitary can affect one or some or all of hormones and cause excess hormonal production or loss of hormonal production. A person with pituitary disorder should be under care of trained Endocrinologist ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is such a thing as congenital pituitary disorders and what causes them?

Yes: There are congenital pituitary disorders, although rare. You can have situations where the entire pituitary is not working, or just certain hormones, say, just the thyroid stimulating hormone or growth hormone. We usually don't know what actually happens to cause these things. Many things have to happen just perfectly while a baby developing, and steps can go wrong anywhere along the way. ...Read more

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How can we detect pituitary disorders by their signs and symptoms?

First suspect: Hormone imbalance can be a clue. Visual field defects can suggest a problem. Specific hormone activation can be done to look for expected normal reaction. Once a defect is suspected, then a detailed and directed MRI study can be done. Often very directed studies need to be done to confirm a defect of the pituitary is present. Surgery to the pituitary should be done only when studies confirm. ...Read more

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Why are mental healthy symptoms connected with pituitary disorders?

Why are mental healthy symptoms connected with pituitary disorders?

Hormone imbalance: The pituitary controls most of the hormones of the body. When the hormones are out of balance then there can be changes in mood and behavior. The levels of hormones can be carefully monitored and adjusted. If the mood problems continue to be severe, then a more basic mood disorder must be considered. A thorough evaluation by your physician would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Can U please tell me what if any rare genetic or pituitary conditions can cause couple inch growth spurt @ 39 w/ NO other symptoms or physical changes?

Can U please tell me what if any rare genetic or pituitary conditions can cause couple inch growth spurt @ 39 w/ NO other symptoms or physical changes?

None: There are no genetic or pituitary conditions than can cause height growth at age 39, or at any age after the normal human height-growth years have completed. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a pituitary disorder?

How do I know if I have a pituitary disorder?

Complex gland: Hi. The pituitary is a complex gland, and often requires complex & provocative testing to assess. Some things are easier, like high prolactin, but some are tough. You're best to ask your doctor if you need a referral to an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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In what way can pituitary disorder make you taller?

In what way can pituitary disorder make you taller?

Acromegaly: Pituitary tumors that secrete growth hormone (gh) abnormally can cause giantism. This will be evident in enlarged skeletal features. ...Read more

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How is it possible that pituitary disorder make you taller?

How is it possible that pituitary disorder make you taller?

Growth hormone: The pituitary gland creates several hormones with different functions. Pituitary tumors may create excess hormone. If growth hormone (gh) is over-produced before the growth centers in the bones have gone dormant (in a manner of speaking), they will continue to grow and cause abnormal height. Excess gh in adulthood causes acromegaly (jaw and face growth, skin thickening, heart failure, etc.). ...Read more

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My one year baby female is having tsh-8.71, t3-194, t4-11.2 this means that she having pituitary disorder?

My  one year baby female is having tsh-8.71, t3-194, t4-11.2 this means that she having pituitary disorder?

Need a specialist: These labs seem very unusual. On the surface, a TSH secreting pituitary tumor is possible. But this is extremely rare. A more likely explanation could be a mistake in the lab tests. You should see a pediatric endocrinologist before doing anything drastic. ...Read more

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How do I read a growth chart?

How do I read a growth chart?

Follow trends: Growth charts are based on normal ranges and patterns of growth. Generally, kids follow a line in the height, weight, or head circumference charts, but there's a lot of variability and sometimes "crossing" of growth lines. One number by itself means far less than trends. Anything too high or low - above or below the group of lines - may or may not indicate a problem, but deserves a look. ...Read more

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How I can read a growth chart?

How I can read a growth chart?

Growth chart: Height plotted as a function of age as well as weight. The charts have lines indicating what"percentile" a child is in. 50%tile means half those his/her age is taller/heavier and half shorter/lighter. ...Read more

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Is a growth chart always correct?

Is a growth chart always correct?

Correct Measurement?: Exellent question! the problem isn't the growth chart, it is the quality of the measurement plotted onto the growth chart. When a point on a growth chart doesn't seem right, the measurement should be taken again. It is so easy to make measurement mistakes in length and height depending on how the measurement is taken and whether the child is moving around. Remember to take the shoes off! ...Read more

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How do growth chart percentiles work?

How do growth chart percentiles work?

Identify PATTERNS: Growth charts allow us to determine whether the trend or pattern of a child's growth is healthy. This is crucial, because individual measurements may be +/-, due to squirming babies or slightly different measuring techniques. While it's tempting to focus on individual measurements, this often creates undo anxiety. The big picture--over time--is usually what matters most. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: growth chart?

What is the definition or description of: growth chart?

See below: A growth chart is used by pediatricians to follow a child's growth over time. Growth charts have been constructed by observing the growth of large numbers of normal children over time. The height, weight, and head circumference of a child can be compared to the expected parameters of children of the same age and sex to determine whether the child is growing appropriately. ...Read more

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My 2.5 yr old has not grown much in the past 6 mon. What kind of trend line on the growth chart should trigger a worry? What could be the cause?

Growth curve: Will be plotted every time you visit your pediatrician, the rate of growth slows alot after the second year compared to the first year of life which can seem concerning, ask your doc to show you his growth curve. ...Read more

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Are growth charts accurate, at 16 I'm 177 cm and according to two different refrences it says I should be 182 by 18. These charts a good reference?

Are growth charts accurate, at 16 I'm 177 cm and according to two different refrences it says I should be 182 by 18. These charts a good reference?

Depends: The growth chart assumes that you enter puberty at the average time and follow the expected growth rate.Linear growth (taller) requires that your growth centers be open to new growth, but some mature faster or slower than others meaning they will stop sooner or later than others.Many males finish growing at 16 some at 20.An x-ray of your wrist/hand could tell if you will grow taller. ...Read more

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Dr. Rodolfo Saca
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Growth Chart (Definition)

A growth chart is used by pediatricians to follow a child's growth over time. Growth charts have been constructed by observing the growth of large numbers of normal children over time. The height, weight, and head circumference of a child can be compared to the expected parameters of children of the same age and sex to determine whether the ...Read more