Supporting everyone in the pituitary community, every step of the way.

The Basics

New to pituitary or not sure where to start? We'll explain what the pituitary gland is and take you through the first things you need to know.

What is the Pituitary Gland?
The pituitary gland secretes hormones which carry messages around the body via the bloodstream. It controls several hormone glands in the body, including the thyroid, adrenals, ovaries and testes, so is often described as the master gland.
Emergency Info for AI and AVP-D (DI)
In case of emergency you should call 999. This page outlines the sick day rules and other emergency information for both Adrenal Insufficiency and AVP Deficiency (Diabetes Insipidus).
Causes of Pituitary Conditions
There are a range of causes for pituitary conditions, the most common being a non-cancerous tumour. Other causes include traumatic brain injury.
What are Hormones?
Hormones are chemicals which circulate in the blood stream and spread around the body to carry messages or signals to different parts of the body.
Major Endocrine Glands and Other Organs
There are a number of endocrine glands across the body which work together to secrete hormones. There are also several organs that contain endocrine tissue.
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Our Impact

Our vision is that all people with pituitary conditions live well, now and in the future. We work with everyone with a pituitary condition, their support networks and healthcare professionals to raise pituitary awareness and reduce time to diagnosis.

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Your Stories

Nadine’s story: Living with a physical disability and Cushing’s disease

Steven’ story: A Cushing’s diagnosis after unexplained weight gain

Serena’s story: Surgery for prolactinoma

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Coventry May Support Group Meeting

22/05/2024

Join us for a Q&A with endocrinologist Professor Miles Levy.

Hull & East Riding June support group meeting

01/06/2024

Friendly support for anyone affected by pituitary conditions in the Hull area.

Lancaster June Support Group Meeting

01/06/2024

The Lancaster Support Group will be meeting at The Royal Oak Hotel, providing an opportunity to engage with others in the pituitary community.

Four Falls Trek 2024

01/06/2024

Walk between 10 of the very best Brecon Beacons waterfalls (as well as caves), covering a total of 15km! It’s a route to remember and one of our most picturesque challenges!

Annual General Meeting

04/06/2024

Join us at our AGM to have your say in our future. They'll also be a talk from an expert endocrinologist.

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Welcome to The Pituitary Foundation – June

06/06/2024

Join us at one of our monthly Welcome Events to get to know us and learn a bit more about the work we do and the support we offer to the pituitary community.

News and updates

Coming soon: Introducing our new psychological support service

14th May 2024

Research Opportunity: Children who use injection devices for medication

14th May 2024

Research Opportunity: Living with prolactinoma

30th April 2024
Think Pituitary was our 2021 campaign which sought improved and ongoing training for health care professionals who care for pituitary patients.

It is vital that people with conditions like adrenal insufficiency and diabetes insipidus feel safe going into hospital and able to trust they will receive the necessary treatment.

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