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WHAT IS THE PITUITARY GLAND ?
Your pituitary gland is about the size of a pea and is situated in a bony hollow, just behind the bridge of your nose. It is attached to the base of your brain by a thin stalk. The pituitary gland is often called the master gland because it controls several other hormone glands in your body, including the thyroid and adrenals...
WHAT DOES THE PITUITARY GLAND DO ?
It secretes hormones from both the front part (anterior) and the back part (posterior) of the gland. Hormones are chemicals that carry messages from one cell to another through your bloodstream.
If your pituitary gland is not producing sufficient amounts of one or more hormones this is called hypopituitarism.
If, on the other hand, you are over-producing certain hormones, then you would have features due to the over production of the specific hormone concerned.
For more information about the pituitary gland and more, as well as educational resources, visit the Society for Endocrinology's 'You and Your Hormones' website
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Please visit www.pituitary.org.uk for additional information