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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).


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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Who treats pituitary gland condition?

Endocrinologist: Depending on the patient's age, such a patient would be cared for by either a pediatric or adult endocrinologist. ...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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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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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 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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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