Pituitary Disorders

The pituitary gland is a tiny, pea-size organ at the base of the brain that's often considered the "master gland" because it produces important hormones that control body functions and are vital to our survival. It produces hormones such as adrenocorticotropin that stimulates the production of cortisol, the so-called "stress hormone" that helps maintain blood pressure and blood glucose levels; growth hormone that controls growth in childhood and maintains a healthy body in adults; prolactin that stimulates milk production in women after childbirth; and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) that regulates the body's metabolism, energy, growth, and nervous system activity.

Disorders of the pituitary include acromegaly, Cushing's syndrome, growth hormone deficiency and hypothryroidism. The California Center for Pituitary Disorders at UCSF Medical Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.

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Pituitary Disorders Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (866) 559-5543
or (415) 353-7500
Fax: (415) 353-2889
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Endocrinology Clinic at Parnassus
400 Parnassus Ave., Suite A-550
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353–2350
Fax: (415) 353–2337
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