Duke specialists treat 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. In addition to pituitary tumor treatment, we also manage and treat hypopituitarism, which is an underproduction of pituitary gland hormones, acromegaly, an overproduction of growth hormones, as well as Cushing’s Disease, which involves elevated cortisol levels.
Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.
Urine and Blood Tests
Measure hormone levels in your urine and blood. You may need to collect urine for 24 hours, and show whether your pituitary gland is producing excessive cortisol.
Uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed, high resolution images of your pituitary gland. These images are used to look for abnormalities.
Drugs or hormones artificially stimulate or prevent you from producing certain hormones so your doctor can see how your body reacts. Our endocrinologists and nurses are specialized in pituitary provocative testing.
Cortisol Stimulation Tests
Measures cortisol levels in your blood to assist in diagnosing Cushing’s disease.
Growth Hormone Suppressive Testing
Measures growth hormone levels before and after you consume a sugary drink, which should lower your levels. May indicate the presence of acromegaly if growth hormone levels stay high.
Why Choose Duke
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 recommend the least invasive option for removing pituitary tumors when appropriate.
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.
In addition, Duke University Hospital is proud to be named the best hospital in North Carolina, and nationally ranked in 10 adult and 9 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.