The Pituitary Axis

Behavioral Correlates
  • Harold W. Gordon
  • Peter A. Lee
  • Lisa K. Tamres
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


Pituitary disease manifests itself with a variety of different signs and symptoms, any of which can be the impetus for the patient to seek help. Disease may come to attention because of growth retardation in youth, amenorrhea, visual disturbances, headache, other evidence of hormone deficiencies, or even emotional symptoms. Pituitary disease may be related to tumors of various types or to defects of hypothalamic stimulation. Because the pituitary is made up of different cell types, many of which are associated with the secretion of specific hormones, the types of diseases and related symptoms are dependent on how hypothalamic function is disrupted. In the case of a tumor, symptoms depend on the nature, location, and treatment of the mass.


Growth Hormone Mental Rotation Spatial Ability Pubertal Development Precocious Puberty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harold W. Gordon
    • 1
  • Peter A. Lee
    • 2
  • Lisa K. Tamres
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Western Psychiatric Institute & ClinicPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Children’s Hospital of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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