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What role does the pituitary gland play in endocrine system diseases?

The pituitary gland is an important part of the endocrine system, and problems with the pituitary gland can lead to endocrine diseases. Tumors or other damage to the pituitary gland can lead to endocrine system diseases like Addison's disease. If your pituitary gland cannot make enough pituitary hormones, it can cause an endocrine condition known as hypopituitarism.

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Where is the pituitary gland?
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What do pituitary hormones do?
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