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Pituitary Disorders

Valdosta Specialty Clinic

Rheumatology & Endocrinology located in Valdosta, GA

Pituitary disorders cause a wide range of symptoms, making them hard to diagnose. At Valdosta Specialty Clinic in Valdosta, Georgia, Wayne Furr, MD, and the team of experts specialize in diagnosing and treating pituitary disorders. They perform thorough evaluations and extensive testing to find the root cause of your symptoms. To learn more about pituitary disorders, call the office today to schedule an evaluation, or click the online contact page to send a message.

Pituitary Disorders Q & A

What are pituitary disorders?

Pituitary disorders are conditions that affect the function of the pituitary gland. Your pituitary gland is called the “master gland” because it produces hormones that control the function of other endocrine glands. 

Pituitary disorders include conditions and diseases that increase or decrease hormone production, such as:

Pituitary tumor

A pituitary tumor is an abnormal growth that forms on the pituitary gland, affecting hormone production. Most pituitary tumors are noncancerous.

Cushing’s syndrome

Cushing’s syndrome is a type of adrenal disorder that may occur because of an overproduction of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), a pituitary hormone that increases the production of cortisol.

Adult growth hormone (GH) deficiency

Adult GH deficiency is a decrease in the production of GH, affecting body composition and energy.

Diabetes insipidus

Diabetes insipidus occurs when the pituitary gland underproduces antidiuretic hormone (ADH), causing an increase in urination and excessive thirst.

Pituitary disorders affect people of all ages. Noncancerous pituitary tumors are the most common cause of hormonal imbalance. 

What are the symptoms of pituitary disorders?

Pituitary disorder symptoms may cause a wide range of symptoms depending on the hormones affected and whether levels are too high or too low. Common symptoms of pituitary disorders include:

  • Mood changes
  • Anxiety
  • Hair loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Low energy 
  • Low sex drive
  • Unexplained weight gain

These are common symptoms that may occur from any number of causes. If you have concerns about a hormone imbalance, schedule a consultation at Valdosta Specialty Clinic.

What happens during evaluations for pituitary disorders?

Your provider at Valdosta Specialty Clinic conducts a thorough evaluation when you come in with concerns about pituitary disorders. They review your symptoms, medical history, and family history.

Your provider performs a physical exam and runs bloodwork to check hormone levels. They may also perform imaging tests, such as a CT scan if they suspect a tumor is responsible for your hormonal changes.

What are the treatments for pituitary disorders?

The team at Valdosta Specialty Clinic customizes treatment plans for pituitary disorders based on type and symptoms. 

For conditions that cause an overproduction of hormones, the endocrinologists may prescribe medications to lower levels. If your hormone levels are low, they prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

If you have a pituitary tumor, the team may recommend radiation therapy or surgery to remove the tumor, improving hormone levels.

To find out if your symptoms are due to a pituitary disorder, call the office today or reach out online.