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Soila Morales # Posted on October 27, 2022 at 8:53 am

What is the pituitary gland?
Your pituitary gland is a small pea sized gland located at the base of your brain below your hypothalamus. It sits in its own little chamber under your brain known as the Sella turcica. It’s a part of your endocrine system and is in charge of making several essential hormones. Your pituitary gland also tells other endocrine system glands to release hormones. Your pituitary gland is divided into two main sections: the anterior pituitary and the posterior pituitary. Your pituitary is connected to your hypothalamus through a stalk of blood vessels and nerves called the pituitary stalk. As mentioned, the pituitary is in charge of making hormones and those hormones are Adrenocorticotropic hormones, Follicle stimulating hormones, Growth hormones, luteinizing hormones, Prolactin, Thyroid-stimulating hormones, the anterior lobe of your pituitary gland makes and releases these hormones, you then have the posterior lobe of your pituitary gland that stores and releases the following hormones, but your hypothalamus makes them Antidiuretic hormone, and Oxytocin. The pituitary gland can malfunction in several ways, usually as a result of developing a noncancerous tumor. The tumor may overproduce one or more pituitary hormones, or the tumor may press on the normal pituitary cells, causing underproduction of one or more pituitary hormones. The tumor may also cause enlargement of the pituitary gland, with or without disturbing hormone production. Sometimes there is overproduction of one hormone by a pituitary tumor and underproduction of another at the same time due to pressure. Too little or too much of a pituitary hormone result in a wide variety of symptoms.