Hypopituitarism is a condition that affects the Pituitary Gland. It is when the Pituitary Gland ceases to produce 1 or 2 of the hormones it produces and Panhypopituitarism is when the Pituitary Gland ceases to produce any hormones at all.
The Pituitary Gland is a pea sized gland that sits at the base of the brain and is known as the master gland. It is responsible for producing all of the hormones that are needed to keep your body running smoothly.
MAJOR GLANDS OF THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
The anterior portion of the pituitary, the adenohypophysis is derived from Rathke’s pouch and receives regulatory signals from the hypothalamus through the portal system, resulting in the production of:
Pituitary: A pea-sized gland located at the base of the brain that regulates activities of other endocrine glands and controls body growth.
Thyroid: An H shaped gland in the front of the neck that secretes a hormone that controls the speed at which body cells work.
Parathyroid: Four small glands located behind the thyroid gland that regulate the calcium content of the blood.
Adrenal: Glands located on the kidneys that regulate the use of carbohydrates and salt, and prepare the body for emergencies by producing adrenaline.
Pancreas: A digestive gland that secretes pancreatic juice into the intestine and insulin into the bloodstream.
Ovaries: Female sex glands that produce ova and the female hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Testes: Male sex glands that produce sperm and the male hormone testosterone.
Panhypopituitarism is a chronic illness the affects 1 in 100,00 people. It is a condition that affects people in so many different ways that I am not qualified enough to talk about any one else’s experience except my own.
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