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Your pituitary gland produces hormones to control the function of several other glands in your body including:

  • Adrenal glands (help the body deal with stress)
  • Thyroid (controls heart rate, temperature and metabolism)
  • Ovaries (women)
  • Testes (men)

As a central part of your endocrine system, your pituitary gland releases hormones to stimulate these glands or depress them as needed.

Your pituitary gland is located at the base of your brain just under the bridge of your nose. Normally is about the size of a pea.

Left untreated your pituitary gland may not function correctly causing an increase or decrease in your hormonal balance. Your consultant may recommend surgery to remove the tumour.

There are several methods of tumour removal. Most are minimally invasive meaning removal may be done through your nose and sinuses using a small tube with a special lens at the end called an endoscope. CT or MRI scans may also help your consultant safely remove a tumour.

In some cases an incision in your skull (craniotomy) may be required - for example if your surgeon cannot reach the tumour through your nose. However, craniotomies are less common these days. Be sure and discuss what method will be used with your consultant.

Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370 922
Overall rating Outstanding

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6SY

01242 246 552
Overall rating Good
Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
Overall rating Good

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

0113 388 2111
Overall rating Outstanding
Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

01912 816 131
Overall rating Good

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
Overall rating Good

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

01926 427971
Overall rating Good

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