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Your pituitary gland is located just below your brain. It releases eight hormones that each plays its own role in your body processes. Functions range from stimulating bone growth to prompting your thyroid gland to release hormones that control y[read article]

Tests for Underactive Pituitary Gland

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A TSH test is used to measure the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. It will help your doctor determine if you need medication to treat hype...  More
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ACTH is a hormone produced in the anterior (front) pituitary gland in the brain. The function of ACTH in the body is to regulate levels of the steroid hormone corti...  More
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Growth hormone (GH), also known as human growth hormone (HGH) or somatotropin, is one of several hormones produced by the pituitary gland of the brain. Growth hormo...  More
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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Insulin Tolerance Test
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Your thyroid produces a hormone, thyroxine , which is known as T4. This hormone plays a role in several of your body's functions, including growth and metaboli...  More
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head is a painless, noninvasive test that produces detailed images of your brain and brain stem. The test is carried out wit...  More
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Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to a pituitary hormone called adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). Diseases of the adrenal g...  More
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An estradiol test is a blood test that measures the amount of estradiol in your blood. It may also be called an E2 test. Estradiol is a form of the hormone estrogen...  More
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The follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) level test measures the level of FSH found within human serum. FSH is responsible for promoting and sustaining ovarian follic...  More
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Luteinizing hormone (LH) is an important hormone produced in both men and women. It plays a role in puberty, menstruation, and fertility. Your doctor may request a ...  More
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Prolactin (also called PRL or lactogenic hormone) is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. Prolactin plays an important role in the reproductive h...  More
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A testosterone test measures the amount of testosterone in the blood. It is also called a serum testosterone test. Testosterone (sometimes referred to simply as T) ...  More
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Somatomedin-C Test
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Water Deprivation Test
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A cranial CT scan of the head is a diagnostic tool used to create detailed pictures of the skull, brain, paranasal sinuses, and eye sockets. CT stands for computed ...  More
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The thyroid is a small gland, shaped like a butterfly, which is located in the lower-front part of your neck. Your doctor can feel your thyroid by pressing his or h...  More
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The visual field is the entire area that can be seen when the eyes are focused on a single point. In addition to what can be seen straight ahead, the visual field i...  More
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Medical Procedures for Underactive Pituitary Gland

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Hormone therapy is a treatment for women going through menopause.The hormones estrogen and progesterone help regulate a woman's menstrual cycle. They also play...  More
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Prescribed Medications for Underactive Pituitary Gland

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TESTOSTERONE (tes TOS ter one) is the main male hormone. It supports normal male traits such as muscle growth, facial hair, and deep voice. This medicine is used in...  More
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LEVOTHYROXINE (lee voe thye ROX een) is a thyroid hormone. This medicine can improve symptoms of thyroid deficiency such as slow speech, lack of energy, weight gain...  More
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HYDROCORTISONE (hye droe KOR ti sone) is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common conditions...  More
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SOMATROPIN (soe ma TROE pin) is a man-made growth hormone. Growth hormone helps children grow taller and helps adults and children grow muscle. It is used to treat ...  More
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PROGESTERONE (proe JES ter one) is a female hormone. This medicine is used to prevent the overgrowth of the lining of the uterus in women who are taking estrogens f...  More
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PREDNISONE (PRED ni sone) is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common conditions treated inc...  More
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ESTRADIOL (es tra DYE ole) is an estrogen. It is mostly used as hormone replacement in menopausal women. It helps to treat hot flashes and prevent osteoporosis. It ...  More
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DESMOPRESSIN (des moe PRESS in) is a man made form of the hormone vasopressin. It helps to reduce frequent urination and excessive thirst. This medicine is used to ...  More
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ESTERIFIED ESTROGENS (es TAIR i fyed ES troe jenz) is an estrogen. It is mostly used as hormone replacement in menopausal women. It helps to treat hot flashes and p...  More
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DESMOPRESSIN (des moe PRESS in) is a man made hormone. It is used to treat or prevent bleeding in patients with Hemophilia A and von Willebrand's Disease. This...  More
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DESMOPRESSIN (des moe PRESS in) is a man made hormone. It helps to control urination and thirst. This medicine is used to treat central diabetes insipidus. It is us...  More
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Over the Counter Medications for Underactive Pituitary Gland

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PROGESTERONE (proe JES ter one) is a female hormone. This medicine is used to prevent the overgrowth of the lining of the uterus in women who are taking estrogens f...  More
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Herbs and Supplements for Underactive Pituitary Gland What's this?

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Rehmannia has been used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Although thorough clinical trials are lacking, rehmannia has been used to treat rheumatoi...  More
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