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PITUITARY DISORDERS SPECIALIST

Florida Endocrine Consultants, PLLC

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Endocrinology servicing throughout the State of Florida.

The most common pituitary disorders, a noncancerous tumor, develops 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. At Florida Endocrine Consultants, PLLC, a web-based practice serving residents of Florida, Ana Silva, DO, provides personalized treatment for pituitary and adrenal disorders using telehealth. You can schedule an appointment online by reserving a time that fits your schedule.

PITUITARY DISORDERS Q & A

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.

What causes adrenal gland disorders?

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 horomones.

Adrenal gland disorders may develop when the gland is affected by disease, inflammation, or a tumor. A pituitary gland disorder can also lead to an adrenal gland problem.

The most common adrenal disorders include:

    • Adrenal tumors
    • Cushing syndrome (high levels of cortisol)
    • Hyperaldosteronism (high levels of aldosterone)
    • Addison’s disease (lack of cortisol and aldosterone)

 

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

 

Adrenal tumors can also cause bodywide symptoms when they actively produce hormones.

How are pituitary and adrenal disorders treated?

Pituitary and adrenal disorders are complex conditions that require individualized care from an endocrine expert like Dr. Silva. Your treatment may include several possible interventions, such as lifestyle changes, medications to treat hormone imbalances, or surgery to remove a tumor.

If you suffer from a pituitary or adrenal problem, Dr. Silva offers the help you need through telehealth services, as well as 24/7 access to her cell phone for established concierge patients. You can easily schedule an appointment at your convenience using the online booking tool. 

 

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