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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

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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Can the pituitary gland recover its functions after surgery?

Can the pituitary gland recover its functions after surgery?

Sometimes: It really depends on what caused the loss of function and how extensive the surgery was. Perhaps if you have other details I might be able to better answer your question? Please resubmit. Thanks. ...Read more

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What is the function of the pituitary gland and how does it relate to acromegaly?

What is the function of the pituitary gland and how does it relate to acromegaly?

Growth Hormone: The pituitary makes a number of hormones that control the thyroid, adrenal, milk production, reproduction, etc. One of these hormones is growth hormone (gh). A pituitary tumor can overproduce a hormone, and when gh is too high, it causes acromegaly. There are a number of medications that help lower the gh and treat acromegaly, but surgery is usually required. ...Read more

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How can I help the pituitary gland function much better in an addison's disease sufferer?

How can I help the pituitary gland function much better in an addison's disease sufferer?

Adrenal or pituitary: What is the cause of your addison's? If the adrenals have failed, then the pituitary may be working fine, but the pituitary acth cannot stimulate a dead adrenal. If the pituitary is the cause of the addison's, then other hormones may also be affected. Best to discuss with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can you explain the regulation of adrenal cortex function by the way of the pituitary gland stimulation of the adrena?

Can you explain the regulation of adrenal cortex function by the way of the pituitary gland stimulation of the adrena?

Feedforward/feedback: Hi. Hypothalamus important, but to keep it simple, pituitary ACTH stimulates the adrenal cortex to make cortisol. Cortisol negatively feeds back to suppress pituitary ACTH. If cortisol falls or a big stress is encountered, ACTH goes up and stimulates more cortisol production. The pituitary "sees" the increase in cortisol, and cuts back on ACTH to keep cortisol in appropriate range. Diurnal pattern ...Read more

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I had and MRI due to amenorrhea and low progesterone, it shows pituitary gland smaller than usual. Does size affect function?

Usually not: The size of the pituitary usually does not relate to the function. Some people have an "empty sella", where you cannot see the pituitary gland at all, but still have normal pituitarty function. ...Read more

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Does the pituitary gland play a role in the breathing/lung function?

Does the pituitary gland play a role in the breathing/lung function?

Not directly,: But the pituitary gland and the hormones it produces are involved in multiple metabolic pathways important in maintaining the function of various organ systems. For example, a problem with thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH, produced by the pitutary), can lead to hypothyroidism which can, among multiple other symptoms, cause breathing issues. ...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?

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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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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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

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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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What organs does the pituitary gland mostly influence?

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