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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Pituitary Gland (Overview)

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 electrolyte stabilization (anti-diuretic hormone).


Dr. Andrew Seibert
3 doctors shared insights

Pituitary Gland (Overview)

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 electrolyte stabilization (anti-diuretic hormone).


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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 inconvenient at best and not always completely successful. But sometimes necessary if it isn't possible to save the pituitary, e.g. after certain surgeries, e.g. removal of 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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How do I know exactly what does the pituitary gland do?

It acts: As a switchboard, receiving signals from hormone thermostats in the brain, and then directing signals to the hormone-secreting glands in your body telling them to produce more hormones. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned about my enlarged pituitary gland?

Should i be concerned about my enlarged pituitary gland?

See your doctor: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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For what reasons has my pituitary gland stopped working?

I doubt: That is has, or you would be dead and unable to ask this question. If your doctor has said that a portion of your pituitary isn't working properly, then ask him/her to explain. ...Read more

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What is my left side of pituitary gland responsible for?

No left-right : Hi. The pituitary does have front-to-back anatomical/functional differences (adenohypophysis vs. neurohypophysis), but NO left-to-right anatomical/functional distinction. ...Read more

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What are some disorders of the anterior pituitary gland?

Too much, too little: Hi. The anterior pituitary hormones are TSH, ACTH, GH, LH, FSH, Prolactin (PRL). Disease occurs when ANY of them are over-produced or under-produced, although the frequency of such disease states varies widely (although ALL said diseases are, at face value, uncommon). Famous ones are Cushing's, acromegaly, and prolactinoma. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pituitary gland?

Master gland: 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 electrolyte stabilization (anti-diuretic hormone). ...Read more