Central hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland does not function very well because of lack of stimulation by the pituitary gland. A wide range of disorders affecting the pituitary gland and/or hypothalamus may result in insufficient thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) production leading to diminished thyroid hormone production.
Life expectancy has increased over the past century, causing a shift in the demographic distribution toward older age groups. Elderly patients comprise up to 14% of all patients with pituitary tumors, with most lesions being nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs).
Selected by the Pituitary Network Association for their December Spotlight, UCSF neurosurgeon Philip Theodosopoulos, MD discusses the future of pituitary surgery and treatment and shares details from his personal experience.
Recognizing that patients with pituitary disorders need coordinated care from a variety of specialists to ensure the best quality of life, the California Center for Pituitary Disorders (CCPD) at UCSF brings expertise from physicians within the disciplines of neurosurgery, neuroendocrinology, neuroradiology, radiation oncology, neuropathology, neurology, neuro-ophthalmology, and psychiatry.