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Pituitary hormones

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The pituitary is a small, pea-sized gland located at the base of the brain. The pituitary acts as the body's “master gland”, as it sends hormone signals to other glands in the body to direct them what to do. These secondary endocrine glands include the thyroid and adrenal glands and the ovaries and testes, directing them to produce thyroid hormone, cortisol, estrogen, testosterone, and other hormones.

These hormones affect metabolism, blood pressure, sexuality, reproduction and other vital body functions. The pituitary gland also produces growth hormone and prolactin for milk production.

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Last reviewed: August 2016

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Department of Health | Pituitary hormones initiatives

This page contains information on the relation between human pituitary hormone treatment and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) as well as Government's initiatives for the control and prevention of CJD.

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Acromegaly (pituitary hormonal disorder) information | myVMC

Acromegaly is a chronic metabolic disorder caused by excessive production of growth hormone by the pituitary gland. It causes enlargement of body tissues.

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Pituitary tumour - Better Health Channel

Generally, pituitary tumours are benign and slow growing, and pituitary cancers are extremely rare.

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Hypopituitarism information | myVMC

Hypopituitarism refers to a group of disorders which interfere with synthesis and/or secretion of hormones from the pituitary gland.

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Sheehan's syndrome (postpartum hypopituitarism) | myVMC

Sheehan's syndrome or postpartum hypopituitarism refers to reduced hormone secretion from the pituitary gland due to blood loss in childbirth.

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Rare Cancers Australia - Directory - Pituitary Tumor

Rare Cancers Australia is a charity whose purpose is to improve the lives and health outcomes of Australians living with a rare or less common cancer.

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Pituitary disorders - Lab Tests Online AU

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Empty sella syndrome (pituitary gland disorder) | myVMC

Empty sella syndrome is a condition in which the pituitary gland cannot be seen on radiological imaging within a bony structure called the sella turica.

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Prolactinoma information | myVMC

Prolactinoma is a noncancerous tumour of the pituitary gland. It causes overproduction of the hormone prolactin, leading to reduced sex hormone levels.

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Pituitary gland carcinoma (cancer) information | myVMC

Pituitary gland cancer or carcinoma of the pituitary gland is a rare cancer treated with radiotherapy and surgery. It runs in families.

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