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The pituitary gland is a small, pea-sized gland located in the centre of the brain between and behind the eyes. It is sometimes called the “master gland” because it also controls the release of hormones from other glands. The hormones produced or controlled by the pituitary gland regulate such important functions as growth, puberty, metabolism, and the body’s response to stress.
The pituitary gland is made of the anterior and posterior lobes.
The anterior lobe produces:
The posterior produces:
Common growth, pituitary and pubertal disorders include:
For general management of a child with poor growth, please refer to the RCH Clinical Practice Guideline on Poor Growth.
For general management of diabetes insipidus, please refer to the RCH Clinical Practice Guideline on Diabetes Insipidus.
PBS Growth hormone guidelines
Growth hormone program: Human Services and PBS
Australian Paediatric Endocrine Group - Growth resources
APEG Patient Information Statement: Growth Hormone treatment in children and adolescents (APEG 2018)
Hormone and me booklets:
Growth Problems in Children
Growth hormone deficiency in adults
Intrauterine growth retardation
Multiple Pituitary Hormone Deficiency (MPHD)
Puberty and Its Problems