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What does the pituitary gland normally do, and what are the usual symptoms of pituitary cancer?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Many

Simplistically, the pituitary produces 6 hormones (fsh, lh, gh, tsh, acth, prolactin) which control hormone secretions from your thyroid, testicles or ovaries, adrenal, breast milk.
A sign of a large pituitary tumor is loss of peripheral (sideway) vision, that is, when you look straight ahead, you cannot see what on your sides. Pituitary tumors are not cancerous, they are benign.

In brief: Many

Simplistically, the pituitary produces 6 hormones (fsh, lh, gh, tsh, acth, prolactin) which control hormone secretions from your thyroid, testicles or ovaries, adrenal, breast milk.
A sign of a large pituitary tumor is loss of peripheral (sideway) vision, that is, when you look straight ahead, you cannot see what on your sides. Pituitary tumors are not cancerous, they are benign.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Adam Hebb
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Low testosterone

In men, pituitary tumors often cause a decreased testosterone level.
The anterior portion of the pituitary gland produces luteinizing hormone (lh), which stimulates the testes to produce testosterone. Thus, symptoms of low testosterone may be the only sign of a pituitary tumor. In adulthood, low testosterone may lead to decreased sexual function and desire, infertility, and erectile dysfunction.

In brief: Low testosterone

In men, pituitary tumors often cause a decreased testosterone level.
The anterior portion of the pituitary gland produces luteinizing hormone (lh), which stimulates the testes to produce testosterone. Thus, symptoms of low testosterone may be the only sign of a pituitary tumor. In adulthood, low testosterone may lead to decreased sexual function and desire, infertility, and erectile dysfunction.
Dr. Adam Hebb
Dr. Adam Hebb
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