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What causes increased or decreased levels of endocrine hormone?

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Increased or decreased levels of endocrine hormone may be caused by:

  • A problem with the endocrine feedback system
  • Disease
  • Failure of a gland to stimulate another gland to release hormones (for example, a problem with the hypothalamus can disrupt hormone production in the pituitary gland)
  • A genetic disorder, such as multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) or congenital hypothyroidism
  • Infection
  • Injury to an endocrine gland
  • Tumor of an endocrine gland

From: Endocrine Disorders WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: The American Medical Association: "Endocrine System." Kids Health.org: "Endocrine System." Medline Plus: "Endocrine Diseases." The Hormone Society: "Endocrine System." National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome."  American Association of Clinical Chemistry, Lab Tests Online: "Endocrine Syndromes."





Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on August 15, 2017

SOURCES: The American Medical Association: "Endocrine System." Kids Health.org: "Endocrine System." Medline Plus: "Endocrine Diseases." The Hormone Society: "Endocrine System." National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome."  American Association of Clinical Chemistry, Lab Tests Online: "Endocrine Syndromes."





Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on August 15, 2017

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