Pituitary & Adrenal Disorders

The most common pituitary disorders, a noncancerous tumor, develop in 10-22% of all adults. Many adenomas never cause symptoms, but when they appear, the symptoms can affect nearly any part of your body.
Your two adrenal glands produce hormones that regulate your metabolism, fight inflammation, and energize your body when you’re under stress. Adrenal gland disorders may develop when the gland is affected by disease, inflammation, or a tumor.  

Endocrine Help, a web-based practice serving residents of Florida, Ana Silva, DO, provides personalized treatment for pituitary & adrenal disorders using telehealth. You can schedule an appointment online by reserving a time that fits your schedule

 

Pituitary Disorders FAQs

What is the pituitary gland?

Your pituitary gland monitors your body and sends hormones to organs and glands, telling them to start or stop certain activities. The pituitary gland produces growth hormone and numerous other hormones that regulate your adrenal glands, thyroid gland, ovaries, testes, uterus, breasts, and kidneys.

What is the most common pituitary disorder?

The most common pituitary disorder is a benign tumor called a pituitary adenoma. The symptoms produced by a pituitary adenoma depends on the tumor’s characteristics:

Functional vs nonfunctional

Functional adenomas produce hormones that cause many different symptoms, depending on the amount they produce and the type of hormones. However, about 30% of pituitary tumors are nonfunctional, so they don’t release hormones.

Macroadenomas

Macroadenomas are large tumors. They don’t produce hormones, but they often press against the nearby nerves and the pituitary gland. As a result, macroadenomas cause vision loss, headaches, and hormone deficiencies.

Microadenomas

These are small pituitary tumors that don’t cause symptoms unless they produce hormones. You can develop many different symptoms depending on the type of hormones being released. A few examples include:

    • Fatigue

    • Depression

    • Muscle weakness

    • Unexplained weight gain or loss

    • Achy joints

    • Infertility


Most pituitary adenomas are successfully treated using medications.

 

Adrenal Disorders FAQs

What are some adrenal disorders that you treat?

As a Board Certified Endocrinologist, Dr. Ana can treat a variety of adrenal conditions. The most common adrenal conditions in our office are:

  • Adrenal tumors
  • Cushing syndrome (high levels of cortisol)

  • Hyperaldosteronism (high levels of aldosterone)

  • Addison’s disease (lack of cortisol and aldosterone)

What are possible symptoms of adrenal disorder?

As a group, adrenal disorders cause a wide range of symptoms. These are only a few examples:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Muscle weakness

  • Muscle pain

  • Hypertension

  • Headaches

  • Abdominal pain

  • Fatty deposits in your face and upper back

Why do we have adrenal glands?

Your two adrenal glands produce hormones that regulate your metabolism, fight inflammation, and energize your body when you’re under stress. These glands are also responsible for controlling your blood pressure and producing sex hormones.

Adrenal and pituitary disorders are complex in nature and should only be diagnosed and treated by a Board Certified physician.

 

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