Pituitary Disorder Specialist

Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center

Endocrinologists & Diabetes Specialists located in Nashville, TN

Your pituitary gland is a master gland of the body, sitting just at the base of your brain below the nerves to your eyes. At Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center in Nashville, Tennessee, endocrinologist Andrea Hayes, MD, can evaluate issues with your pituitary gland that affect hormone production, including growth hormone, cortisol, and prolactin. If you suspect you have an issue with your pituitary gland, book an appointment online or by phone today.

Pituitary Disorder Q & A

What is a pituitary adenoma?

A pituitary adenoma is a tumor of the pituitary gland. Pituitary tumors are usually benign and slow growing. The adenoma, however, may affect your hormone production. With pituitary adenoma, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms such as:

  • Headaches in the forehead area and blurred vision
  • Growth problems
  • Infertility
  • Breast milk production not associated with childbirth
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Impaired sense of smell
  • Muscle weakness

If you have just a few of these symptoms, Dr. Hayes may suspect a pituitary tumor. These tumors can usually be successfully treated.

What are the signs of Cushing’s disease?

Cushing’s disease, also known as Cushing syndrome or hypercortisolism, occurs when you’re exposed to high levels of cortisol for a long period of time. This can be a result of a tumor on the pituitary gland or as a result of excessive steroid use. You develop a fatty hump between your shoulders, a rounded face, and stretch marks on your skin.

Dr. Hayes can determine why you’ve developed the condition and help regulate your cortisol levels as part of your treatment. The sooner you get treatment, the better your prognosis.

What is acromegaly?

Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder that occurs when your pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone during adulthood — usually middle age. You may have an enlarged face, hands, and feet.

Without treatment, acromegaly can be serious and life-threatening. The condition progresses gradually and can sometimes be hard to identify.

Dr. Hayes can help if you think you may have this rare condition. There’s a reduction in symptoms, as well as the risk of complications, when you seek care.

What is a prolactinoma?

A prolactinoma is a noncancerous tumor on your pituitary gland that produces the hormone prolactin. It’s diagnosed by an excessive amount of prolactin in your blood.

Women usually only have prolactin in their blood while breastfeeding. Men can also develop a prolactinoma that causes erectile dysfunction (ED). Treatment of prolactinoma includes medications that counter the effects of the tumor and shrink it.

To learn how Dr. Hayes can help treat issues with your pituitary gland, call Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center or schedule an appointment online today.