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Pituitary gland disorders

Acromegaly   Hypopituitarism
Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess human growth hormone. Acromegaly is a serious condition that occurs when the body produces too much of the hormones that control growth.   Hypopituitarism is loss of function in an endocrine gland due to failure of the pituitary gland to secrete hormones which stimulate that gland's function. Hypopituitarism is a condition that affects the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland.
Hyperprolactinaemia   Gigantism
Hyperprolactinaemia is the term given to having too high levels of prolactin in the blood. Hyperprolactinaemia is a common cause of menstrual problems in women, and high levels of prolactin can cause gynecomastia in men.   Gigantism is a condition characterized by excessive height growth. Pituitary gigantism due to growth hormone excess is the single condition which accounts for nearly all cases of pathologic extreme height.
Empty sella syndrome   Prolactinoma
Empty sella syndrome is common in women who are overweight or have high blood pressure. The empty sella syndrome may produce no symptoms at all and seldom produces serious symptoms.   A prolactinoma is a benign tumor (adenoma) of the pituitary gland that produces a hormone called prolactin. It is the most common type of pituitary tumor. Prolactin stimulates the breast to produce milk during pregnancy.
Galactorrhea   Pituitary tumors
Galactorrhea is the secretion of breast milk in men, or in women who are not breastfeeding an infant. Galactorrhea is a rare condition that can occur in both men and women. Galactorrhea is associated with a number of conditions.   Pituitary tumors are abnormal growths on the pituitary gland. Some tumors secrete hormones normally made by the pituitary gland. Tumors of the pituitary gland are almost invariably benign and are usually curable.
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Topics in endocrine disorders

Adrenal insufficiency
Addison's disease
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
Conn's syndrome
Cushing's syndrome
Nelson's syndrome
Bartter's syndrome
Adrenocortical carcinoma
Pituitary gland disorders
Thyroid gland disorders

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