The pituitary gland is in the brain. It produces important hormones. These hormones control the production of other glands in the body.
The pituitary gland is responsible for many body functions, including the following:
Sex organ function
Thyroid gland function
Breast milk production and other aspects of pregnancy
Conversion of food into energy
Water balance in the body
Hypopituitarism is an insufficient production of one or more hormones. It is not a common disorder. A problem in the pituitary can cause the amount of hormones from other glands to diminish as well. This can be a serious problem. It will require care from your doctor.
These can successfully shrink the tumor in up to 90% of cases.
Medication may not always work. In this case, surgery may be needed. If a tumor is involved it will be removed. Part or all of the gland may be removed as well.
Hormone replacement therapy is needed after surgery.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
When the target hormone levels are inadequate, they must be replaced. In most cases, therapy does not replace the hormones that the pituitary gland produces. Instead, the hormones of the other target glands that it stimulates are replaced. Examples include:
Estrogen and progesterone (female)
Treatment with radiation is used after drug or surgical treatment.
In general, this condition is not preventable. Be aware of the risks and symptoms. This will make early diagnosis and treatment possible.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a