Hyperpituitarism

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hyperpituitarism

[‚hī·pər·pi′tü·ə·tə‚riz·əm]
(medicine)
Any abnormal condition resulting from overactivity of the anterior pituitary.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Hyperpituitarism

 

an increase in all or in individual incretory functions of the pituitary.

Hyperpituitarism is manifested in disorders of growth and development, such as gigantism, acromegaly, and impairment of sexual activity. The condition may arise as the result of pituitary tumors or growth of the pituitary tissue, as well as during pregnancy. Hormonal therapy, and in certain cases radiation therapy or surgery, are used in treatment.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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