Hypopitutarism

Who it affects Hypopituitarism is an uncommon disorder affecting 45 per 100,000 people. Its causes include: surgical removal of a pituitary tumour, radiation of the pituitary, infections and tumours (usually benign). What gland is involved The pituitary gland is situated…

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Hyperprolactinaemia

Who it affects A high blood prolactin level is detected in less than 1% of the general population. What gland is involved Prolactin is released from the pituitary gland, a small gland just below the brain and behind the nose.…

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Cushing`s syndrome

What is it This disorder is characterised by an excess of glucocorticoids or steroid production in the body. Who it affects Cushing`s syndrome is a rare disorder affecting 1 per 500,000 people. What gland is involved Cushing`s syndrome may result…

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Pituitary dictionary

ACTH Adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) is a hormone released from the pituitary gland in response to CRH from hypothalamus. ACTH acts on the adrenal glands which in turn produces hormones such as cortisol. FSH Follicle stimulating hormone is released by the…

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Pituitary surgery

When is this performed? To remove completely a pituitary lesion that is producing excess hormone To remove completely or reduce in size a pituitary lesion that is pressing on local structures, e.g. nerves supplying the eyes What does the treatment…

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