The adrenal glands are located at the top of each of your kidneys and are responsible for releasing different hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, steroids, cortisol, as well as adrenaline. Addison’s disease occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce sufficient amounts of the hormone cortisol and often the hormone aldosterone. Cushing’s syndrome is a when your adrenal glands produce excessive amounts of certain hormones.
There are several types of adrenal gland disorders, and symptoms vary depending upon each disorder. Common symptoms can include:
There are a variety of treatments including surgical and medical options that can be used to treat adrenal disorders. Surgery may be used to remove tumors and medication may be used to stop the excess production of hormones.
The pituitary gland is a small bean-shaped gland located at the base of the skull below the brain. It is often called the master gland, and it controls the secretion of the body's hormones. Disorders of the pituitary can cause a wide range of symptoms, both hormonal and neurological.
A pituitary disorder occurs when there is an overproduction or underproduction of hormones. There are several types of pituitary gland disorders, and symptoms vary depending upon each disorder. Common symptoms can include:
To diagnose a pituitary disorder Dr. Leibowitz begins by taking a complete medical history and conducting a comprehensive physical exam. Next, he will likely utilize other diagnostic procedures such as blood and urine tests, a CT scan or MRI. A variety of treatments can be used for pituitary gland disorders, including surgery, medication, or radiation. After analyzing any test results, Dr. Leibowitz will determine your best course of treatment.
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