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Comprehensive Diagnostics and Personalized Treatment

Your pituitary gland is a pea-sized gland near the base of your brain that produces hormones that regulate many bodily functions. Our comprehensive diagnostics and personalized treatment plans help manage pituitary disorders, preventing their associated negative symptoms.

With four convenient locations, Edward Condon Medical, P.C. serves families and individuals throughout Long Island.

Your pituitary gland, which weighs less than a gram, is responsible for secreting hormones necessary for various functions, including but not limited to:

  • Growth and development
  • Sexual function
  • Metabolism
  • Stress response

Not only does your pituitary gland make growth hormone for normal development and creating muscle mass, but this vital gland also produces:

  • Prolactin to stimulate breast milk
  • Thyroid-stimulating hormone to control your basal metabolic rate
  • Adrenocorticotropic hormone, which plays a role in your metabolism
  • Follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone for reproduction

Your pituitary gland is even responsible for producing vasopressin (antidiuretic hormone), which regulates water and electrolyte balance.

Because your pituitary gland is responsible for regulating so many essential biological functions, if this vital gland starts under or over-producing hormones, you can struggle with a wide variety of symptoms. Common warning signs that your pituitary gland isn’t functioning properly include:

  • Increased body fat
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Frequent urination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Low bone density
  • Low blood sugar
  • High cholesterol
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue

Pituitary disorders can lead to low blood pressure or even high blood pressure, like if you develop high cortisol levels (common with Cushing syndrome).

Women who produce low prolactin levels might be unable to lactate or produce adequate milk. Additionally, low levels of thyroid-stimulating hormones can lead to abnormally painful menstrual periods.

Since these issues can lower your quality of life and become serious health issues, the highly skilled team at Edward Condon Medical, P.C. provides expanded laboratory testing and thorough diagnostic solutions to get to the root of your pituitary disorder.

Fine-Needle Aspiration (FNA)

Also known as a fine-needle biopsy, FNA utilizes a precision needle and a syringe to gather cells, fluids, and tissue from your thyroid. FNA is the least invasive type of biopsy and provides pathologists with the biological materials conducive to diagnosis. At Edward Condon Medical, P.C., our practice is equipped to perform FNA, safely and painlessly withdrawing cells from your thyroid or parathyroid. The procedure typically lasts under 15 minutes, and patients can resume their regular activities in less than two days.

If necessary, we will refer you to one of our trusted network of radiologists to perform an MRI. Then, we use the data obtained to develop the best treatment plan moving forward.

Treating pituitary disorders depends on the underlying cause. Once our team obtains an accurate diagnosis, we will get you started on a personalized treatment plan, which may include:

  • Oral estrogen or progesterone pills or topical patches (for women)
  • Daily injections of recombinant human growth hormone
  • Thyroid-stimulating hormone medications
  • Daily testosterone injections (for men)
  • Hydrocortisone or prednisone pills
  • Vasopressin medications

Treating Pituitary Tumors

Most pituitary tumors are benign and non-cancerous. Many of the aforementioned treatment methods can noninvasively control pituitary tumors. However, in some cases, we may recommend surgical removal to prevent overstimulating endocrine glands or potential vision problems (pituitary tumors may press against your optic nerves).

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