Pituitary disorders can be caused by a number of problems related to the pituitary gland, which is found at the base of the brain and regulates the other glands in the body.
Neuroendocrine disorders are often caused by a pituitary tumor, excess growth on the pituitary gland or a loss of pituitary function due to nodules, cysts, infection or tumors, head trauma or medications.
What you should know about pituitary disorders
- The pituitary gland is responsible for storing and secreting the hormones regulating body temperature, urine production, thyroid activity, sex hormone production, growth, breast milk production and stress hormone production.
- Cushing’s disease is a pituitary disorder where the pituitary gland releases too much ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone).
- Acromegaly is a pituitary disorder where the body makes too much GH (growth hormone).
- Prolactinemia is a pituitary disorder where the pituitary gland makes too much prolactin.
- Empty sella is where the pituitary gland is smaller than normal or is missing.
Why choose Geisinger for your pituitary disorder?
- Our neuroendocrine physicians and surgeons work with patients and their doctors to diagnose and treat pituitary disorders while coordinating support for related disorders.