What is any disorder of the pituitary gland and its function called?

What is any disorder of the pituitary gland and its function called?

Hyperpituitarism happens when your pituitary gland makes too much of one or more hormones. It’s often caused by a functioning/secreting pituitary adenoma (a noncancerous tumor).

What blood test checks the pituitary gland?

Venous Blood Sampling Sometimes ACTH levels may be high due to a tumor located somewhere else in the body. For these reasons, doctors may order a pituitary venous blood sampling test, also called petrosal sinus sampling.

How are pituitary disorders diagnosed?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or high-resolution computerized tomography (CT) of your brain can detect a pituitary tumor or other pituitary gland problems. Vision tests. These tests can determine if growth of a pituitary tumor has impaired your sight or visual fields.

What kind of doctor do you see for your pituitary gland?

Referral to an endocrinologist (a consultant who specialises in hormones) If your GP suspects a pituitary problem, he/she should refer you to an endocrinologist for further investigations. It is very important and we strongly recommend that you be referred to an endocrinologist who specialises in pituitary conditions.

How is pituitary disorder diagnosed?

Is there a blood test for pituitary function?

Blood tests help doctors detect many hormonal abnormalities associated with pituitary tumors. For example, a blood test can reveal high levels of the hormone prolactin, which occurs in a condition called hyperprolactinemia. This can indicate the presence of a pituitary tumor called a prolactinoma.

Do prolactinomas go away?

A prolactinoma won’t go away on its own without treatment. Long-term medication can shrink the tumor until it’s gone. However, it’s important to note that prolactinomas can come back, even after successful treatment with medication or surgery.

Does alcohol affect pituitary gland?

Intervention studies have demonstrated that alcohol ingestion elevates pituitary–adrenal axis hormone (Aguirre et al., 1995), β-endorphin (Gianoulakis et al., 1996) and prolactin (Ida et al., 1992; Sarkola et al., 1999), which may disrupt the reproductive function (Yen, 1991).

What blood test shows pituitary tumor?

Luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) blood levels can be checked to see if you have a gonadotropin-secreting tumor. Levels of related hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, are often checked as well.