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  • Acromegaly

    Acromegaly What is acromegaly? Acromegaly is the Greek word for "extremities" and "enlargement." When the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormones, excessive abnormal growth occurs. This is ca...

  • Adrenal Tumors / Pheochromocytoma

    Adrenal Tumors / Pheochromocytoma What are adrenal tumors? There are two adrenal glands, one on top of each kidney toward the back. Tumors of the adrenal glands are rare. However, when present, they ...

  • Anatomy of the Endocrine System

    Anatomy of the Endocrine System The endocrine system is a complex network of glands and organs. It uses hormones to control and coordinate your body's internal balance or homeostasis, its energy leve...

  • Diabetes Insipidus

    Diabetes Insipidus What is diabetes insipidus? Diabetes insipidus is a condition that results from insufficient production of the antidiuretic hormone (ADH), a hormone that helps the kidneys and body...

  • Disorders of the Adrenal Glands

    Disorders of the Adrenal Glands Many disorders of the adrenal glands require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, ...

  • Disorders of the Pancreas

    Disorders of the Pancreas Many disorders of the pancreas require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, for which we...

  • Disorders of the Parathyroid Glands

    Disorders of the Parathyroid Glands Many disorders of the parathyroid glands require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the cond...

  • Disorders of the Pituitary Gland

    Disorders of the Pituitary Gland Many disorders of the pituitary gland require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions...

  • Disorders of the Thyroid

    Disorders of the Thyroid Many disorders of the thyroid require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, for which we h...

  • Empty Sella Syndrome

    Empty Sella Syndrome What is empty sella syndrome? Empty sella syndrome (ESS) is characterized by an enlarged bony structure (sella turcica) that houses the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. ...

  • Endocrinology Statistics

    Endocrinology Statistics Statistics related to the endocrine system Consider the following statistics, as they relate to the endocrine system: About 210,000 people with acute pancreatitis are admitte...

  • Glossary - Endocrinology

    Glossary - Endocrinology | A | | B | | C | | D | | E | | F | | G | | H | | I | | J | | K | | L | | M | | N | | O | | P | | Q | | R | | S | | T | | U | | V | | W | | X | | Y | | Z | A [return to top] ...

  • Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

    Hashimoto's Thyroiditis What is Hashimoto's thyroiditis? Thyroiditis is the inflammation of the thyroid gland. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common form of thyroiditis. Classified as an autoimm...

  • Home Page - Endocrinology

    Topic Index Anatomy of the Endocrine System Statistics Hormones and the Endocrine System Pituitary Gland: Location and Function Pituitary Gland Disorders Pancreas: Location and Function Pancreas Diso...

  • Hormones and the Endocrine System

    Hormones and the Endocrine System The endocrine system uses hormones to control and coordinate your body's internal balance or homeostasis, its energy level, reproduction, growth and development, and...

  • Hyperparathyroidism

    Hyperparathyroidism What is hyperparathyroidism? Hyperparathyroidism is caused by overactive parathyroid glands. Parathyroid glands are tiny glands located next to the thyroid. Overactive parathyroid...

  • Hyperthyroidism

    Hyperthyroidism What is hyperthyroidism? Hyperthyroidism means overactivity of the thyroid gland, resulting in too much thyroid hormone in the bloodstream. The oversecretion of thyroid hormones leads...

  • Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)

    Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar) What is hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by a glucose (blood sugar) level that is too low to effectively fuel the body's blood cells. Glucose is ...

  • Hypoparathyroidism

    Hypoparathyroidism What is hypoparathyroidism? Hypoparathyroidism is caused by underactive parathyroid glands. Parathyroid glands are small glands located next to the thyroid. Underactive parathyroid...

  • Hypopituitarism

    Hypopituitarism What is hypopituitarism? Hypopituitarism, also called an underactive pituitary gland, is a condition that affects the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland--usually resulting in a part...

  • Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism What is hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism is the condition in which the thyroid is underactive (for example, it is producing an insufficient amount of thyroid hormones). Thyroid Gland - C...

  • Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy

    Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy Facts about hypothyroidism and pregnancy Hypothyroidism is a condition marked by an underactive thyroid gland and may occur during pregnancy. Unfortunately, many symptoms...

  • Metabolic Syndrome

    Metabolic Syndrome What is metabolic syndrome? Metabolic syndrome is a condition that includes the presence of a cluster of risk factors specific for cardiovascular disease. According to the National...

  • Online Resources - Endocrinology

    Online Resources - Endocrinology This Web was compiled from a variety of sources including the online resources listed below, but is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical adv...

  • Overactive Adrenal Glands/Cushing's Syndrome

    Overactive Adrenal Glands/Cushing's Syndrome What are overactive adrenal glands? When adrenal glands produce excessive amounts of certain hormones, they are called "overactive." Symptoms and treatmen...

  • Pancreatic Cancer

    Pancreatic Cancer What is pancreatic cancer? Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the U.S. According to the American Cancer Society, about 44,000 new cases of pancreat...

  • Pancreatitis

    Pancreatitis What is pancreatitis? Pancreatitis is the inflammation and autodigestion of the pancreas. Autodigestion describes a process whereby pancreatic enzymes destroy its own tissue leading to i...

  • Parathyroid Tumor

    Parathyroid Tumor What is a parathyroid tumor? A parathyroid tumor is a growth inside a parathyroid gland. The parathyroid glands are 4 small glands located in the neck near the thyroid gland. Parath...

  • Pituitary Tumors

    Pituitary Tumors What are pituitary tumors? The pituitary gland is a small, pea-sized organ in the brain behind the back of the nose. The pituitary gland produces hormones that affect many other glan...

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? Polycystic ovary syndrome (also called PCOS or Stein Leventhal syndrome) is the most common hormonal and reproductive proble...

  • Postpartum Thyroiditis

    Postpartum Thyroiditis What is postpartum thyroiditis? In addition to playing an important role in the development of a growing fetus, proper thyroid hormone levels also help to minimize the chance o...

  • Reproductive Glands

    Reproductive Glands Anatomy of the ovaries A woman's ovaries are located on both sides of the uterus, below the opening of the fallopian tubes (tubes that extend from the uterus to the ovaries). Func...

  • The Adrenal Glands

    The Adrenal Glands Anatomy of the adrenal glands Adrenal glands, which are also called suprarenal glands , are small, triangular glands located on top of both kidneys. An adrenal gland is made of two...

  • The Pancreas

    The Pancreas Click Image to Enlarge Anatomy of the pancreas The pancreas is an elongated, tapered organ located across the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach. The right side of the organ--called...

  • The Parathyroid Glands

    The Parathyroid Glands Anatomy of the parathyroid glands The parathyroid glands are two pairs of small, oval-shaped glands located adjacent to the two thyroid gland lobes in the neck. Parathyroid Gla...

  • The Pituitary Gland

    The Pituitary Gland Anatomy of the pituitary gland Click to enlarge The pituitary gland is sometimes called the "master" gland of the endocrine system because it controls the functions of the other e...

  • The Thyroid Gland

    The Thyroid Gland Anatomy of the thyroid gland Thyroid Gland - Click to Enlarge The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, below the larynx (voice box). The small, two-inch gland consists...

  • Thyroid Disorders in Women

    Thyroid Disorders in Women Functions of the thyroid gland The thyroid gland, which plays an important role in the body's metabolism, secretes several hormones: thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), ...

  • Thyroid Function Tests

    Thyroid Function Tests What are thyroid function tests? Thyroid function tests are common procedures performed to determine how well the thyroid is functioning. Some of the most common thyroid functi...

  • Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy What is thyroid hormone therapy? Thyroid hormone therapy is the use of synthetic thyroid hormones to raise abnormally low levels of thyroid hormones. Often used to...

  • Thyroid Tumor Overview

    Thyroid Tumor Overview What are thyroid tumors? The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck at the base of the throat. Thyroid tumors are either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerou...

  • Topic Index - Endocrinology

    Topic Index - Endocrinology Endocrinology Home Anatomy of the Endocrine System Statistics Hormones and the Endocrine System Pituitary Gland: Location and Function Disorders Acromegaly Diabetes Insipi...

  • Type 1 Diabetes

    Type 1 Diabetes What is type 1 diabetes? Type 1 diabetes may also be known by a variety of other names, including the following: Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) Juvenile diabetes Brittle d...

  • Underactive Adrenal Glands/Addison's Disease

    Underactive Adrenal Glands / Addison's Disease What is Addison's disease? Addison's disease is the result of an underactive adrenal gland. An underactive adrenal gland produces insufficient amounts o...