Dr. Brian J. Fertig, MD, Diabetes & Osteoporosis Center

Conditions Treated

Adrenal and Pituitary Disorders

At the The Diabetes & Osteoporosis Center we’re able to detect, evaluate, and treat conditions that are related to the dysfunction of the adrenal glands and pituitary glands. Symptoms of these conditions can be very diverse, and it’s important for patients to have an experienced professional treating these disorders. Some of the adrenal and pituitary disorders we treat at the DOC include:

Hypopituitary Conditions

Hypopituitarism conditions involve disorders in which the pituitary glands either don’t produce one or more of the eight hormones or it doesn’t produce enough of those hormones. The pituitary gland secretes hormones that affect many aspects of the body’s function, and deficiencies in these hormones may affect various routine bodily functions, such as reproduction, blood pressure, and growth. Diagnostic tests often used to diagnose these conditions include braining imaging, vision tests, blood tests, and stimulation or dynamic testing. In many cases, these conditions require lifelong treatment, and we work with patients to ensure they receive the treatment they need to lead a healthy life.

Pituitary Adenoma

Most tumors of the pituitary gland are adenomas, which are slow growing, benign tumors that come from cells within the pituitary gland. Depending on their properties, these tumors can be classified by hormone secretion, aggressiveness, and size. Adenomas that produce hormones can release excessive amounts of hormones into the body, causing a variety of symptoms. Even nonfunctioning adenomas may be problematic if they are too large and begin pushing on the surrounding brain structures. Treatment will depend on the patient’s general health, tumor size, the invasiveness of the tumor, and any hormone production by the adenoma.

Adrenal Insufficiency

This rare disorder only affects around 1 out of 100,000 people, and it occurs when your adrenal glands don’t produce enough of certain hormones. Patients often experience low blood pressure, fatigue, muscle weakness, and weight loss. It’s often difficult to diagnose adrenal sufficiency during the early stages, which is why it’s so important to work with an experienced physician. Hormone substitution or replacement is often needed to help patients and doses are adjusted to meet the specific needs of each patient.

Endocrine Hypertension

Millions of Americans are affected by high blood pressure, or hypertension. However, endocrine hypertension is a subset of high blood pressure that is caused by hormone imbalances, usually involving either the adrenal or pituitary glands. Endocrine hypertension can be caused by Pheochromocytoma, Cushing’s syndrome, Acromegaly, and Hyperthyroidism.

How We Can Help

At The Diabetes & Osteoporosis Center, Dr. Brian J. Fertig and Dr. Hassan Kanj are experienced in handling adrenal and pituitary disorders, offering the best possible care to patients. We’re equipped with the latest in diagnostic technology, including on-site ANSAR testing, Sonosite thyroid machine, and a cutting-edge, on-site laboratory to improve diagnostic times and overall quality of care. Our goal is to treat each patient individually, providing you customized care that helps you enjoy a better quality of life.