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Pituitary Disorders

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Your pituitary gland is a tiny organ at the base of your brain that produces hormones that affect growth and the function of other glands — such as the thyroid gland or adrenal glands.

The most common type of pituitary disorder is an abnormal growth or tumor, which is almost always noncancerous (benign). A pituitary tumor can cause your body to overproduce or underproduce hormones — resulting in a variety of conditions — or it can grow and press on the gland itself or other areas of the brain and cause headaches, vision problems, or other health problems.

Other pituitary disorders, many of which are caused by pituitary tumors, include:

  • Acromegaly: overproduction of growth hormone, which can cause overgrowth or enlargement of different areas of the body, such as the hands, feet, or facial features
  • Adult growth hormone (GH) deficiency: underproduction of GH, which decreases muscle mass and increases body fat
  • Cushing’s disease: overproduction of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which results in too much cortisol in the body
  • Diabetes insipidus: underproduction of antidiuretic hormone (ADH), which causes frequent urination and excessive thirst
  • Hypopituitarism: the pituitary gland doesn't produce one or more of the hormones it normally produces
  • Prolactinoma: a pituitary gland tumor that causes too much prolactin hormone, which can prevent estrogen production in women and cause erectile dysfunction in men

The Pituitary Disorders Specialty Clinic at University of Miami Health System offers comprehensive treatment for all conditions that affect the pituitary gland. Our specialists have advanced experience and use the latest approaches to diagnose and treat pituitary tumors and disorders.

Why Choose UHealth?

Advanced pituitary disorders expertise. Our endocrinology specialists have the expertise to treat rare and complex pituitary disorders. If you have a pituitary tumor, we determine the best treatment approach and go over all your options. We use the least-invasive techniques available to help you feel better as quickly as possible.

A comprehensive, team approach. Our endocrinologists work closely with surgeons, ophthalmologists, radiation oncologists, and other specialists to provide complete care. We develop a personalized treatment plan to restore hormone balance and relieve symptoms.

The latest, research-backed treatments. As an academic medical center, we leverage the latest research completed by the nationally recognized University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to offer the latest treatments — including promising new treatments through clinical trials. You benefit from medical advancements before they’re widely available, provided by leading endocrinology experts who are known worldwide for their expertise.

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Treatments

  • Medicines

    Medicines can help lower your body’s production of hormones and are used to treat conditions such as acromegaly, Cushing’s disease, and diabetes insipidus. Doctors also use medicines to treat pituitary tumors.

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

    If your body doesn't make enough of one or more hormones, hormone replacement therapy can restore hormonal imbalance for conditions such as adult growth hormone deficiency or prolactinoma. HRT can be given as a pill or by injection. 

  • Radiation Therapy

    Radiation therapy can be used to treat pituitary tumors — both benign and cancerous. University of Miami Health System offers leading-edge radiation technology that provides greater precision, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and MRI-guided radiation therapy. These approaches offer shorter treatment times and less damage to surrounding tissue.

  • Surgery

    Sometimes surgery is necessary if a tumor is affecting vision, it’s spread into the brain, or if overproduction of hormones can't be controlled with other approaches. In some instances, surgeons can remove the tumor through your nose without requiring an incision.

Tests

  • Blood and Urine Tests

    Blood and urine tests can discover hormone imbalances.

  • Hormone Stimulation or Suppression Tests

    Doctors use medicines, hormones, or other substances to stimulate or suppress your body's production of hormones and evaluate how your body responds. For example, a growth hormone suppression test uses a sweetened drink, which normally lowers GH levels, to diagnose acromegaly.

  • Imaging Exams

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans of your brain can find tumors and other abnormalities and help your doctor plan treatment.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • CompCare (Comprehensive Behavioral Care)
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • DIKLA
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • EHN PPO
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • FCCI WC
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Global Health Claims Services
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana HUMx
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care