Abstract

The pituitary gland is a small organ about the size of an acorn located at the base of the brain. It is surrounded by a bony saddle-like structure above the sinuses at the back of the nose, called the sella turcica. The pituitary gland is sometimes referred to as the master gland of the body because it releases substances which control the basic functions of growth, metabolism, and reproduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmergency Approaches to Neurosurgical Conditions
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages37-52
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783319106939, 9783319106922
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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