Pituitary disorders

Specialists in Duke's nationally ranked endocrinology program offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options for pituitary disorders including pituitary tumors, and pituitary gland disorders that occur when the gland secretes too much, or not enough hormones. The pituitary gland produces hormones that affect the growth and function of other glands in the body.

Comprehensive care for pituitary disorders

If you or someone you know is diagnosed with a pituitary gland disorder, our specialists have the experience and expertise to treat it. Our endocrinologists are experienced with complex and rare pituitary disorders that occur when your gland produces too much, or not enough of one or more of the eight hormones secreted by the pituitary gland. We also manage and treat hypopituitarism, which an underproduction of pituitary gland hormones, acromegaly, an overproduction of growth hormones, as well as Cushing’s Disease, which involves elevated cortisol levels.

If you have a pituitary tumor (adenomas), we work with you to determine the best treatment option -- medical therapy or surgical removal -- to return your growth hormones to normal levels. We base our treatment decisions on the size of your pituitary tumor and how your pituitary gland functions. Our approach ensures you get the most effective treatments possible, and avoid unnecessary surgery.

Choose Duke for your pituitary disorder treatment because we offer:

  • Experienced pituitary disorder specialists. You work with a team of doctors including endocrinologists and ear nose and throat surgeons who undergo advanced training and have years of experience working with patients with pituitary disorders like yours. Our experts include board-certified surgeons, radiation oncologists, neuro-ophthalmologists and dedicated nurses.
  • Nationally recognized surgeons. If you need surgery, our surgeons make the least invasive option for removing pituitary tumors -– endoscopic transsphenoidal resection -– possible for a wide range of patients.
  • Reputation for excellence. We rank among the top hospitals in the country for endocrinology and neurology care by U.S. News & World Report. That means our specialists offer expert care using the most advanced tests, surgeries and treatments available today.
  • Personalized treatments. We are experts at the medical management of pituitary disorders. Whenever possible, we use medication to control your symptoms and control hormone levels as an alternative to surgery. Our team is also trained to recognize when surgery is necessary.
  • Dedicated pituitary disorder treatment clinic. Our program offers highly-specialized care for pituitary disorders and pituitary tumors. Every Tuesday, you can be seen by an endocrinologist dedicated to managing and treating these conditions.



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