Individuals suffering from pituitary gland disorders may find it difficult to work and to carry out other activities of daily living. The pituitary gland is responsible for producing growth hormone. This hormone is responsible for growth in children, maintaining body tissues in adults, and distribution of fat. The pituitary gland also helps the body to react to stress and impacts blood pressure and blood sugar levels. A pituitary gland disorder disrupts hormone production and normal functioning of other endocrine glands and other body systems. This type of disorder occurs when the pituitary gland produces either too much or too little of a particular hormone. Fortunately, victims may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits.
Common Causes of Pituitary Gland Disorders
Pituitary gland disorders fall into several different categories depending on how they impact the pituitary gland’s ability to function. These disorders are typically caused in one of the following ways:
- Development of tumors in the pituitary gland. This is the most common cause of a pituitary gland disorder. Typically, these tumors are not cancerous. They do, however, impact the pituitary gland’s hormone-releasing functions. There are two types of pituitary gland tumors. The first releases hormones that result in the body producing too much of that particular hormone. The second interferes with pituitary function.
- Birth defects or genetic disorders. Babies can be born with a variety of conditions that affect the production of hormones or that physically impact the pituitary glad.
- Injuries. A brain injury may result in damage to the pituitary gland and affect its ability to function normally.
- Medications. Often, these medications are designed to specifically target tumors.
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