Pituitary Disorders

The pituitary is often called the master gland of the body because it controls the function of other glands in addition to secreting its own unique hormones. Over or under production of pituitary hormones may result in a wide range of symptoms and can involve reduced function of the other glands.

Symptoms

Disorders related to the pituitary gland may be masked by a wide range of symptoms that vary, depending on the source of the problem.

  • Infertility
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Growth disorders (acromegaly or short stature)
  • Upper body obesity, a rounded face, increased fat around the neck, and relatively slender arms and legs, typically associated with Cushing's Syndrome

Treatment

Endocrinologists control these conditions through medication or may refer patients for surgical treatment. We perform extensive evaluations such as Bone Age and Growth Hormone Testing in the office instead requiring in hospital studies.