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Pituitary hormones

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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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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Pituitary tumour

Generally, pituitary tumours are benign (not cancerous) and slow growing, and pituitary cancers are rare. Benign tumours don’t spread to other parts of the body, so there is no chance of secondary tumours developing. Treatment may include surgery, radiation therapy and medication.

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FSH - Lab Tests Online AU

To evaluate the function of your pituitary gland which regulates the hormones that control your reproductive system

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LH - Lab Tests Online AU

To evaluate the function of your pituitary gland, which regulates the hormones that control your reproductive system.

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Pituitary disorders - Lab Tests Online AU

Pituitary disorders are characterised by excess amounts of, or a deficiency in, one or more of the hormones produced by the pituitary gland and/or by the symptoms caused by the compression of the surrounding tissues when a pituitary tumour is present. The pituitary is a pea-sized gland located in the centre of the head behind the sinus cavity. It is found at the bottom of the brain, below the hypothalamus.

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Growth hormone - Lab Tests Online AU

To identify diseases and conditions caused by either a deficiency or overproduction of growth hormone (GH), to evaluate pituitary function, and to monitor the effectiveness of GH treatment

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IGF-1 - Lab Tests Online AU

To identify diseases and conditions caused by deficiencies and overproduction of growth hormone (GH), to evaluate pituitary function, and to monitor the effectiveness of GH treatment

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