Pituitary gland complications are quite common among women but are often not diagnosed as quickly as they should be. If you are struggling with menstrual health complications, or with metabolic disorders, it is important to speak with your doctor about the potential risk for pituitary gland disorders.
In the brain, the pituitary gland is responsible for regulating many of the female hormones. When complications with hormonal imbalance occur, many women are tested for imbalances and complications of other physiological systems but rarely address issues of pituitary gland disorders.
When meeting with your doctor about a potential pituitary gland disorder complication, you can expect that your doctor will run not only a variety of blood tests but may also request that a functional MRI and CT scan will need to be done as well. With these studies, your doctor can determine if malignancy, non functioning pituitary adenoma, or even pituitary tumor, are to blame.
Once tumor, adenoma, or malignancy, are ruled out, it will be important to find a treatment plan that manages complications of the pituitary gland disorders by use of medication. Typically, your doctor will want to get your hormonal imbalance under control first and then determine what, if any, complications can be addressed directly at the brain level. Using an endocrinologist, an internist, and a neurologist, many complications with pituitary gland disorders are easily resolved.
While not all hormonal imbalances are associated with pituitary gland disorders, many complications are related and need to be addressed aggressively by healthcare professionals. In women, these conditions are often not readily diagnosed correctly and, as a result, long term complications with hormonal imbalance may develop.
If you have a complication with hormones, be sure to ask about close examination of the pituitary gland. As a gland that is small but highly associated with metabolic function, many women need to have this gland assessed once every few years even when no long term complications or immediate health risks are known.
Sources: Pituitary Surgery, by Edward Laws, Jr.