The pituitary gland can cause major problems to the human body when hormones are not being produced properly. I am writing my paper on the pituitary gland and how its lack or over production of hormones can cause health problems. You will read about the facts of the pituitary gland and you will also read my personal story. You will see how the pituitary gland can affect your everyday life.
The pituitary gland, sometimes called the master gland of the body is pea sized and controls most of the hormones in the body. Just to name a few, it controls the function of the kidneys, thyroid and ovaries. When one hormone is not working properly the whole endocrine system gets messed up. There are quite a few disorders of the pituitary such as gigantism, (over secretion of hormones, or dwarfism (underproduction of hormones).
Collins Dictionary of Medicine (2005) www.credoreference.com/entry/collinsmed pituitary gland
The pituitary gland
This is a picture of the pituitary gland and where it is located in the brain. In my paper this will be put in where I am explaining how small the pituitary gland is. When the reader is reading my paper this will give a visual of what the gland looks like.
Sometimes the pituitary can act up and it’s hard to figure out what is going on. An MRI scan is sometimes done to diagnose any abnormal growth. An abnormal growth on the pituitary gland is otherwise known as a pituitary adenoma or tumor. Most tumors that grow on the pituitary are not cancerous and grow from gland tissue. Usually when a person has an adenoma some of the hormones in the body are not functioning properly. The adenoma presses on the pituitary causing the body to produce too many or too little hormones. An adenoma is sometimes just monitored closely but other times the adenoma is causing problems and has to be removed. One