Functions of the pituitary gland and resulting symptoms due to pituitary deficiencies (hypopituitarism) in the female. Highlights the glands and organs in the body influenced by the pitiutary gland, including the thyroid gland, mammary glands, adrenal (suprarenal) glands and ovaries. Color-coded arrows link the pituitary to target organs, indicating the hormones transmitted to each organ. Labeled hormones include TSH, MSH, GH, LH, ACTH, FSH and prolactin.
Pituitary hormones. Almost all of the pituitary hormones are secreted by the anterior (front) lobe of the pituitary gland, but two hormones, vasopressin and oxytocin, are produced in the posterior (rear) lobe. Pituitary gland hormones either act on other glands, stimulating them to produce hormones, or act directly on tissues and organs.