The pituitary gland is a tiny, pea-sized gland that controls the function of most other endocrine glands in the body. It is therefore sometimes called the master gland. It can over- or under-produce hormones that effect the thyroid, adrenal, testes and ovaries. It also controls growth and water balance. The gland is located at the base of your brain and can develop tumors that are almost always benign. Although the tumors are not generally cancerous, they can cause several difficulties, including vision problems, headaches and other health problems.
The experts at the USF Diabetes and Endocrinology Center offer highly specialized care for the management and treatment of pituitary disorders.
Conditions associated with pituitary dysfunction include:
- Adrenal insufficiency
- Cushing’s disease
- Diabetes insipidus
- Growth hormone deficiency
- Prolactin excess