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Adrenal/Pituitary Disorders

At Endocrine Kids in Novi, Michigan, pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Jacalyn Bishop has advanced training in diagnosing and treating adrenal and pituitary disorders.

The adrenal glands are located at the top of each kidney. They produce hormones that are vital to your body’s functioning, such as sex hormones and the stress hormone cortisol. Adrenal disorders are a result of these glands producing too much or not enough of those hormones.

The pituitary gland is located at the base of your brain. It is responsible for producing multiple hormones that control thyroid function, growth, and stress response, among others. A pituitary gland that produces too much or too little of any hormone may cause a disorder.

Some of the adrenal and pituitary disorders we treat include:

  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: A defect in the pathway regulating cortisol, aldosterone, and sex hormones, which may cause male sex characteristics to appear either early or inappropriately.
  • Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison’s disease or congenital adrenal hypoplasia): The adrenal glands produce insufficient hormones, usually caused by an autoimmune disorder.
  • Cushing’s Syndrome (adrenal hyperactivity): Adrenal glands produce too much cortisol, caused by a hormone-producing tumor.
  • Pituitary Tumor: An abnormal growth on the pituitary gland that can cause hormonal disorders in the body.
  • Septo-optic Dysplasia: A congenital syndrome affecting the ocular nerves, sometimes correlated with pituitary disorders.
  • Pituitary Hormone Deficiencies: Disorders caused by a malfunctioning pituitary gland that can affect a number of systems in the body.
  • Diabetes Insipidus: Diabetes insipidus is a body water balance disorder that occurs when the brain does not produce enough anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) or when the ADH does not work with the kidneys like it should.
  • Hyperprolactinemia: Excess production of prolactin, the hormone responsible for milk production.

For more information or to make an appointment, call our pediatric endocrinology office in Novi, Michigan at (248) 347-3344 or request an appointment online.

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