The pituitary gland, housed at the base of the brain, can be thought of as the hormonal control panel for the body. It regulates the production of thyroid hormone, prolactin, reproductive hormones, growth hormone, cortisol, anti-diuretic hormone or vasopressin, and oxytocin – each of which has a distinct role. The production and regulation of these hormones rely on an intricate series of feedback loops and communication with other organs in the body. Over or underproduction of any of these hormones throws the body out of balance and can have serious consequences.
Here are some of the pituitary conditions that we manage commonly:
Growth hormone deficiency
Low reproductive hormones (aka hypogonadism)
Both functional and nonfunctional pituitary masses (including adenomas, Rathke cleft cysts, craniopharyngiomas, and metastases)