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What is the role of the pituitary gland?

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The pituitary gland is found at the base of the brain behind the sinuses. It is often called the "master gland" because it influences many other glands, especially the thyroid. Problems with the pituitary gland can affect bone growth, a woman's menstrual cycles, and the release of breast milk.

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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