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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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How can the pituitary gland function when parts of it breakdown?

How can  the pituitary gland function when parts of it breakdown?

Pituitary hormones: It is possible that some pituitary hormones do not work, and others do work. For example, after a pituitary insult (tumor, trauma, etc), you could lose the gonadotropins (fsh, lh), but still have preserved acth and TSH (adrenal and thyroid). Some of this is related to the pituitary anatomy, and the locations of certain populations of cells. ...Read more

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What to do if I have problems with an enlarged pituitary gland?

Enlarged pituitary: You should see an endocrinologist to determine what is meant by "enlarged pituitary". Is it secreting hormones properly? Is there a tumor/adenoma? There are normal physiologic reasons why it can be "big". An incidental finding on CT or MRI may not be meaningful. ...Read more

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How tall can you be without suffering any health risks or problems like the tumor in the pituitary gland. What affects height?

How tall can you be without suffering any health risks or problems like the tumor in the pituitary gland. What affects height?

No definite number: A person who develops a pituitary tumor after adolescent growth has stopped (around age 18 usually) will not grow taller, but will develop a change in the shape of his face, diabetes, visual trouble, etc. (This is called acromegaly.) If such a tumor occurs before growth has stopped, gigantism can result. A 34 year old person, simply unusually tall and not symptomatic, not likely have tumor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how tall can you be without any health risks or problems like the tumor in the pituitary gland. what effects height?

Six foot seven: Over the milenia the height of the population is increasing. This growth pattern is defined by Growth Hormone produced by the pituitary gland. During previous wars, the taller persons were usually involved in fighting and the smaller men left at home. Now many men are reaching above 6.5 feet without any signs of functional compromise. We can anticipate eventual heights reaching 7 feet. ...Read more

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What parts of the adrenal gland are controled by the pituitary gland? I read that there are three parts of the adrenal gland.

The adrenal: cortex, or outer portion, is mostly controlled by the pituitary, and predominately produces cortisone, aldosterone and some sex hormones. The inner portion, or medulla, is regulated by blood pressure, nervous stimulation, emotions, etc. and produces epinephrine, norepinephrine and some other lesser hormones. ...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

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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?

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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Does a head MRI both with and without contrast show if there is a problem or tumor in the pituitary gland?

Does a head MRI both with and without contrast show if there is a problem or tumor in the pituitary gland?

Pituitary gland: Hi, yes, MRI is a very good imagining modality to evaluate posterior brain, but But MRI might not detect microadenomas that are smaller than 3 mm (about 1/8 inch) across, follow up imaging if there is any doubt could be helpful. ...Read more

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