Pituitary Disorder

Medical Treatments

Emory's neuro-endocrinologist develops personalized medical treatment plans for certain types of pituitary disorders including:

  • Functional pituitary tumors including Acromegaly, Cushing's Disease and Prolactinomas 
  • Pituitary hormone deficiencies affecting the thyroid, the adrenal glands, water balance, reproductive organs, and growth hormone (GH) secretion
Deficient Hormone Symptoms Treatment
ACTH Poor appetite, nausea, weakness, vomiting, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, dizziness, body aches Hydrocortisone or Prednisone given as daily pills
TSH Fatigue, weakness, cold intolerance, dry skin, constipation, heavy/painful menses, weight gain, memory loss, mood disturbance Levothyroxine given as daily pills (some examples include Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid or Armour Thyroid)
GH Adults: Decreased muscle mass, increased body fat, elevated cholesterol, low bone density (osteoporosis), impaired psychological well-being, poor quality of life Recombinant Human Growth Hormone given once daily as an injection under the skin
LH/FSH Decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, irregular or absent menses, decreased body hair, decreased muscle strength, hot flashes, mood changes Men: Testosterone given as either topical gel, patch or injections Women: Estrogen and Progesterone given as either topical patch or pills
Prolactin Inability to lactate No treatment available
Vasopressin (ADH) Increased thirst and frequent urination DDAVP given either as daily pills or nasal spray