Pituitary Disorders

Doctor Examining CT Scan

Types of Pituitary Disorders

     The overseer of the endocrine system is the pituitary, a small organ.   It is attached to the brain by a slender stalk and that lies in a bony pocket just behind and above the nose.

     It's primary job is sending out chemical messages to the thyroid, adrenal, and sex glands, as well as to other glands having endocrine functions. It is the main controller of height and influences the growth of bones and muscles.

     There are several possible disorders of the pituitary gland.  The most frequent type of pituitary disorder is a pituitary gland tumor. However, injuries, certain medications, bleeding inside or close to the pituitary, and other conditions can also affect the pituitary gland.