Disorders of the pituitary gland can cause big and little problems - and these often go undiagnosed.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 10, 2013
On September 19, 2013, host Tanya Mack of The Doctors Roundtable on BusinessRadioX® sat down with Dr. Joseph Pinzone, a double board-certified physician who is a national expert in pituitary diseases, to provide a “master class” about this “master gland.”
Dr. Joseph Pinzone is currently a Clinical Professor at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Pinzone received his medical training at NYU, Columbia-Presbyterian and Mass General. He is double board certified in Internal Medicine and Endrocrinology, and is a former NIH researcher on Pituitary Tumors.
Dr. Pinzone began by explaining that the pituitary gland is often referred to as the “master gland” in the body. This lima bean-sized gland at the base of the brain is part of the endocrine system and produces and regulates many hormones that affect glands such as growth hormone, thyroid stimulating hormone, prolactin, sex hormones, and adrenal gland production.
According to Dr. Pinzone, "Disorders of the pituitary gland can cause big and little problems- and these often go undiagnosed because symptoms can be vague." These disorders include tumors that cause overproduction of hormones that affect the end-organ system or pituitary lesions that may results in underproduction of hormones. Acromegaly, Cushings Disease, Addison’s Disease can all be linked to pituitary disorders. However, the most common problem is pituitary tumors.
"Pituitary tumors are usually benign," said Dr. Pinzone, "although they can be invasive and they account for approximately ten percent of all brain tumors." Pituitary carcinomas account for a very small percentage of pituitary tumors. However, even these benign tumors can cause problems in hormone function and can be invasive to the surrounding structures, such as the optic nerve.
To learn more about pituitary diseases and treatments, tune in to this episode of The Doctors Roundtable.
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