Pituitary Disorders

The pituitary gland is a tiny, pea-sized organ found at the base of the brain. As the master gland of the body, it produces and secretes many hormones that travel throughout the body, directing certain processes and stimulating other glands to produce different types of hormones.

The pituitary gland makes these types of hormones:

  • Prolactin
  • Growth hormone (GH)
  • Adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) 
  • Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) 
  • Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) 
  • Luteinizing hormone (LH) 
  • Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) 

Pituitary Disorder Causes

Pituitary gland tumors are the most frequent cause of pituitary disorders. The pituitary gland is made of several cell types. Sometimes these cells grow too much or produce small growths. These growths are called pituitary tumors and are fairly common in adults. Pituitary tumors can interfere with the normal formation and release of hormones.

Pituitary Disorder Treatment

If you think you have a problem with your pituitary gland, it is important that you see an endocrinologist. An endocrinologist is an expert in hormone-related conditions and is best qualified to help you diagnose and treat the problem. Dr. Oppenheimer is skilled at hormone replacement therapy necessary for pituitary gland disorders, along with drug therapy in combination with surgery and/or radiation treatment depending on your particular problem. For more specific pituitary disorder treatment information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Oppenheimer to determine your needs.