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|Symptoms of Pituitary Disorders
||Disorders of the pituitary gland are relatively rare. The most common problem of the pituitary gland is when a benign tumour develops (a form of pituitary adenoma). Symptoms include headaches and visual problems.
Some of the problems related to the pituitary gland are listed below. For more information see the Pituitary Foundation.
- Acromegaly is caused by overproduction of the growth hormone in adults.
- Craniopharyngioma is a rare tumour of the pituitary region, which exerts pressure on the hypothalamus and often on the pituitary gland.
- Cushings's Disease is a problem arising in the pituitary gland, caused by the overproduction of the hormone ACTH. This leads to the overproduction of cortisol by the adrenal glands.
- Hypopituitarism is the underproduction of one or more of the hormones in the pituitary gland; most often caused by a benign tumour.
- Non-functioning tumour is the commonest type of tumour in the pituitary gland. It does not produce any hormones itself, but can cause other problems, such as headaches.
- Diabetes Insipidus or Vasopressin Insufficiency: This condition should not be confused with Diabetes Mellitus
|Useful national contacts
Support and Information Helpline: 0117 370 1320.
Find your local support group:
|Children & young people
Advice for parents (Pituitary Foundation)
Children (The Pituitary Foundation)
Living with Diabetes Insipidus (for teens) (The Pituitary Foundation)
Other useful links
Coronavirus Advice (The Pituitary Foundation)
Diabetes insipidus awareness card (Pituitary Foundation)
Pituitary disorders (Contact, charity for families with disabled children)
Pituitary tumour and driving: you must tell the DVLA if you have a pituitary tumour
Living with a condition (The Brain Charity)
|News and Events
October is Pituitary Awareness Month, with the 2020 theme of Cushing's Awareness
Diabetes Insipidus - time to change the name? (Pituitary Foundation, July 2018)
The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Pituitary Disorders and on a wide range of disability-related issues.
This includes copies of the Pituitary Foundation's magazine Pituitary Life.