Adrenal And Pituitary Disorders

Adrenal And Pituitary Disorders Specialist
A trusted board certified internist and endocrinologist located in Yonkers, New York, Dr. Jonas Leibowitz specializes in diagnosing and monitoring hormonal disorders, thyroid issues, diabetes and other endocrine related diseases. Dr. Leibowitz has practiced endocrinology in Yonkers for more than 20 years, attracting patients from neighboring New York City and Mount Vernon, New York. He advocates prescribing medications for the right reasons, and in the proper way, and lectures other medical professionals on this vast and complicated field. Adrenal disorders occur when the adrenal glands produce too much or too little hormone.

Adrenal and Pituitary Disorders Q & A

by Jonas Leibowitz, MD

What are the adrenal glands?

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.

What are the symptoms of adrenal disorder?

There are several types of adrenal gland disorders, and symptoms vary depending upon each disorder. Common symptoms can include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugars
  • Muscle and bone weakness
  • Moodiness, irritability, or depression
  • High blood sugars
  • Weight loss
  • Craving for salt
  • Dizziness

How are adrenal disorders treated?

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.

What is the pituitary gland?

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.

What are the symptoms of pituitary disorder?

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:

  • Excess sweating
  • Heart problems
  • Joint pain
  • Increased body hair
  • Weight loss
  • Nervousness or irritability

How are pituitary disorders diagnosed and treated?

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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