The pituitary gland in the middle of the brain is an important endocrine structure that controls growth, steroids, hormonal function, and specific glandular function. The pituitary gland controls hunger, sexual hormones, and the body's activity level. The pituitary gland produces intricate chemicals that regulate the biochemical hormonal balance in our bodies.
Pituitary disease produces complex medical conditions that produce a wide variety of dysfunction in patients. Over-eating, under-eating, anxiety, sexual characteristics, growth and body fluid levels are all controlled by pituitary regulation. Improper levels of chemical signaling as well as masses in the pituitary that affect function can all cause pituitary dysfunction. Sometimes hemorrhage can occur in the gland and disrupt function.
A wide variety of medical conditions and complaints can be caused by pituitary dysfunction. Growth failure, hormonal imbalance, excessive thirst, and excessive eating can all occur when this organ does not product the correct balance of neurochemicals. Physicians can draw blood to check the activity of these different hormones and use brain imaging to look at the pituitary gland to see if it is normally sized, and whether it has been structurally compromised by a mass, cyst, or hemorrhage.
The endocrinologists at Physicians East will evaluate your clinical exam, blood test results, and other tests to understand your pituitary gland function, and develop a treatment plan if needed. They may recommend hormone replacement therapy, supplements, or other therapies to correct chemical imbalances.