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What is the pituitary gland and what does it do?

My sister and mother were in a car wreck and as part of the dr visits they did an mri/cat scan of her head and neck. I know it is in the brain so I dont need to know where it is. But what does it do. The drs assistant called and said they needed to see her asap and it had to do with her pituitary gland. But she could not go into detail. In the meantime my mom is scared. What does it do? I have been all over the web and its in such medical mumbo jumbo I cant understand it. Without being mean, could you please tell me in terms a person who does not speak dr will understand.

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  1. The pituitary is one of the most important glands in your body.
    It is responsibe for many hormones in your body and the regulation of many more…..
    That’s what it does…..
    But I feel as if I am downplaying it’s importance. It is very, very, very important.
    I’ll give you some links to some of the hormones controlled in the gland so that you can read about it and hopefully it won’t be too difficult a read for you, jargon wise.
    This is difficult to find but here on wiki I may be able to guide you to some places you can read about the hormones.
    If you click on the website you can read as much as you can understand about the gland itself, but as I told you it is involved in hormones.
    The pituitary is divided into two sections that I will not try to explain, the anterior and posterior portions. They are both involved in hormones so it is not important right now to designate the differences.
    Some examples are: Oxytocin release, It works together with the hypotalamus to regulate your thyroid gland, It releases many others including Growth Hormone. I think that the anterior releases 6 or 7 hormones depending on how you look at it. and the posterior stores 2 that I know of off hand…
    But that should give you an idea, 9 hormones, of the importance of the gland itself. If you want to explore the hormones that are associated with it, go to this site on wiki and go down under the sub-headings of anterior and posterior and the hormones will be listed there, all together with links. they will be in 2/3/4 letter abreviations such as (GH or HGH) Growth hormone. Good luck and I can’t really do much more for you without you having any physiological background; I’m sorry.
    Good luck and I hope your mom’s o.k.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pituitary

  2. In laymans terms, Human Growth Hormone or HGH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland (master gland which promotes linear growth). The pituitary gland is located in your head, below your brain. HGH production occurs largely in our youth, coming to a peak in our 20’s. After our 20’s, a slow decline of HGH production naturally occurs. Generally speaking, by the time we reach and pass the age of 40, our bodies are producing sub-optimal amounts of HGH.
    Adults who don’t have enough human growth hormone, even those of normal height, can suffer from lack of energy, muscle weakness, emotional distress, and other problems. HGH is a powerful hormone that research indicates may have an important role in controlling areas of your brain that involve your emotions. You might also feel tired, weak, and not interested in doing things

  3. The pituitary gland helps control the following body processes:
    – Growth
    – Blood pressure
    – Some aspects of pregnancy and childbirth (including stimulation of contractions during childbirth)
    – Breast milk production
    – Sex organ functions in both women and men
    – Thyroid gland function (regulates the body’s metabolism and calcium balance)
    – The conversion of food into energy (metabolism)
    – Water levels regulation in the body

  4. There are many many things the pituitary gland does. This gland is linked to the hypothalamus, which regulates your body temp, indicates your thirst and hunger, among other things.
    It stabilizes your blood pressure, helps with a person’s growth, deals with sex organs, and more.
    Here is a link that may help you out some.
    Good luck with everything

  5. I researched some things about this topic, and saw what you mean about “doctoreese.” I knew it was responsible for growth, but go to: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/Growth-Hormone. That will pull up the article I found called “Growth Hormone.” I’m not “taking the easy way out”, but typing all of it takes longer than allowing you to read it at your leisure. When you see it, I believe you’ll agree with me. I think things are explained easily and detailed enough for we “laypeople!” I hope this helps.

  6. The pituitary gland helps control the following body processes:
    * Growth
    * Blood pressure
    * Some aspects of pregnancy and childbirth including stimulation of uterine contractions during childbirth
    * Breast milk production
    * Sex organ functions in both women and men
    * Thyroid gland function
    * The conversion of food into energy (metabolism)
    * Water and osmolarity regulation in the body.
    Please see the web pages for more details on Pituitary gland and it’s disorders.

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