Pituitary Neuroendocrine Center at Allegheny Health Network
The Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Pituitary Neuroendocrine Center takes a team approach to care for patients with pituitary tumors and other neuroendocrine disorders. Our doctors provide customized treatment plans according to your unique situation.
Our highly skilled specialists work together to help manage your pituitary and neuroendocrine problems. Our care team includes:
- Endocrinologists (hormone doctors)
- Radiation physicians
- Ophthalmologists (eye doctors)
Call 412-DOCTORS (412-362-8677) to schedule an appointment with the AHN Pituitary Neuroendocrine Center.
Your body’s hormone control center
Your pituitary gland is the size of a pea and sits at the base of your brain. It communicates with other glands throughout your body to control hormones related to stress, growth, reproduction, thyroid function, and other bodily processes. These glands make up your body’s endocrine system. The endocrine system contains neuroendocrine cells that are also found in the respiratory and digestive tracts.
Patients who have pituitary tumors may have impaired vision and other endocrine disorders, including:
- Elevated prolactin levels
- Cushing’s syndrome (high cortisol levels that cause excessive weight gain in the midsection, face, and upper back)
- Acromegaly (high growth hormone levels that cause excessive bone growth in your feet, hands, and face)
- Low pituitary hormones overall (hypopituitarism)
The overproduction or underproduction of hormones can cause a disruption of the functional balance within your body (homeostasis). Homeostasis is necessary to keep your body working properly.
Doctors use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and laboratory testing to find out whether or not you have an enlarged pituitary gland. Sometimes, doctors discover pituitary tumors through brain images taken for other reasons.
Your doctor will decide the best treatment option for your particular situation. Options include medication, radiation therapy, or surgery.
At AHN, we are experts in performing leading-edge transsphenoidal surgery. This minimally invasive procedure is less risky and stressful for patients. Recovery is also quicker than with traditional surgeries, and there are fewer side effects.