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What is the primary function of the pituitary gland?

My daughter just had an MRI of the brain and it came back saying her pitiuatary gland is enlarged, the doctor said it could just be because she’s a teenager, but I don’t think thats the case, they are retaking the MRI to get a more indepth picture of the gland. She has been having bad headaches and her vision has decreased in one years time.


  1. The pituitary is the ‘master gland’ the one that controls most of the other endocrine (ductless) glands. Your pituitary puts out follicle stimulating hormones so you ovulate, it regulates your growth, your thyroid function, water levels in your body, and many other things. You can live without a pitutiary, but you need hormone replacements for the rest of your life to make up for the lack.

  2. You sound like you need to do some research. Thank goodness for the internet! Go to your search bar and type in, primary functions of the pituitary gland, and alot of sites will come up. Scroll down to #4 – OHSU Health, The Pituitary Gland and click onto this one. It has the basic info. on this gland. Then check out the other sites for more info. Good Luck with your daughter.
    I wish you both well.

  3. the pituatary glands controls certain hormones. people with enlarged glands can tend to be very tall. others with stunted glands tend to be short, it can also overproduce hormones that contribute to sexual desires, appetites, sweat glands, and so on. it also works along with the thyriod. they are part of the metabolic system. good luck.

  4. The pituitary gland, for all that it is so small, actually serves a lot of purposes. Most are associated with growth- such as what happens during the teen years.
    Good luck to your daughter!

  5. Well, the pituitary gland is the master gland. It sits at the base of the brain and controls all the other glands in the body. It is no lager than the size of a pea and regulates all of the bodies natural cycles from growing to natural male and femal puberty. without this gland, the simple process of digesting food to a whole range of other important processes would be impossible. Some diseases of the pituitary gland are as follows: Acromegaly, Diabetes Insipidus, Hypopituitarism, Pituitary tumors, and Empty Sella Syndrome.

  6. The primary function of the posterior pituitary gland is to send signals to nerve impulses from the hypothalamus. The gland secertes horomones,which is controlled by the brain.


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