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

Conditions Treated

Growth and Reproductive Disorders

At the DOC, we treat growth and reproductive disorders, using the latest treatment methods to provide patients with the best possible outcomes. Disorders we treat include:

Growth Disorders

Growth disorders are problems that can prevent the normal development of sexual maturity, height, weight, or other features. Very fast or very slow growth may signal the presence of a gland disease or disorder. The pituitary gland is responsible for making growth hormones, which stimulate the growth of tissues. Too little growth hormone may result in lack of growth, while too much of the growth hormone may result in gigantism in children or acromegaly in adults. Growth hormone treatments can help stimulate growth, while medications, radiation, and surgery may be used to treat patients with too much growth hormone.

Hypogonadism

Hypogonadism is a condition in which the sex glands produce too little or no sex hormones. These hormones control things like testicular development in men, pubic hair growth in both genders, and breast development in women. They also play a role in sperm production and a woman’s menstrual cycle. There are two types of hypogonadism:

  • Primary Hypogonadism – This occurs when there’s a problem in the gonads (ovaries or testicles) that causes a lack of sex hormones.
  • Central Hypogonadism – This occurs when the problem is in the brain. The pituitary gland and hypothalamus in the brain, which control the gonads, do not work properly.

Hormone tests and imaging tests, as well as a physical exam, may be used to help diagnose hypogonadism.

Infertility

Approximately 10% of the population is affected by infertility, and it’s a problem that can be devastating to patients who want to have children. Infertility involves abnormal functioning of either the female or male reproductive system and is defined as the failure to conceive or carry a baby to term after trying to conceive for 12 months. When this occurs, it’s important to see a specialist to find the root cause of infertility.

Galactorrhea

Galactorrhea, a condition that involves a milky nipple discharge that is not related to normal milk production that occurs during breastfeeding, isn’t a disease. However, it’s often a sign of another underlying problem. Certain medications, hypothyroidism, and some disorders of the pituitary gland may result in galactorrhea. In many cases, it occurs due to increase levels of the hormone prolactin. This condition is treated by finding and resolving the underlying cause, although in some cases, it may not be possible to determine the specific cause of galactorrhea.

How We Can Help

At the Diabetes & Osteoporosis Center , Dr. Brian J. Fertig and Dr. Hassan Kanj specialize in treating both growth and reproductive disorders, offering the latest treatment options and the best possible diagnostic technology. Patients will appreciate the convenience and expediency of the large, on-site lab, other diagnostic tools on-site may also prove helpful with diagnosing conditions, including our BMI machine, sonosite thyroid ultrasound, and ANSAR machine. We’ll work with you to offer effective treatments that improve your quality of life.