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What hormone supplements are required for an adult whose anterior pituitary was removed?

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An adult whose anterior pituitary gland is removed requires supplementation of corticosteroids, mineralocorticosteroids, growth hormone, sex hormones and thyroid hormone, according to the Endocrine Awareness Center for Health. The anterior pituitary gland normally produces hormones, some of which target other glands to trigger the release of other hormones.

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What hormone supplements are required for an adult whose anterior pituitary was removed?
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According to the Endocrine Awareness Center for Health, the anterior pituitary gland produces seven hormones: thyroid stimulating hormone, adrenocorticotropic hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, leutenzing hormone, growth hormone, melanocyte stimulating hormone and prolactin.

Thyroid stimulating hormone stimulates the thyroid to produce thyroid hormones. Adrenocorticotropic hormone stimulates the adrenal gland to produce corticosteroids and mineralocorticosteroids. Follicle stimulating hormone and leutenzing hormone stimulate the ovaries and testes to produce sex hormones.

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