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What causes pituitary disorders?

Anthony P. Heaney, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Pituitary disorders are caused by pituitary tumors and cysts or dysfunction of the pituitary gland itself. Pituitary tumors and cysts occur sporadically and although occasional genetic abnormalities have been identified in some pituitary tumors, there are few consistent findings.

Pituitary disorders are usually caused by non-cancerous tumors in the pituitary gland, referred to as adenomas. The pituitary gland is located at the base of the skull and oversees the production of hormones in the body. A tumor can make the pituitary produce either too much or too little of a certain hormone, causing a wide range of problems in the body.

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