The nurse is caring for a client with hypopituitarism due to a tumor on the anterior pituitary. The nurse knows which of the following hormones to be secreted by the anterior pituitary gland?

Adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH)
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
Growth hormone


• The pituitary gland lies outside the dura at the base of the brain, almost directly behind the area between the eyes, and is responsible for the secretion of a number of pituitary hormones

• Hypopituitarism is a decreased secretion of pituitary hormones, which can result from diseases of the pituitary gland or from diseases of the hypothalamus

• Prolactin, growth hormone, ACTH, and follicle-stimulating hormone are all secreted by the anterior pituitary gland, as well as thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), luteinising hormone (LH), and melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH)

• ADH and oxytocin are both produced by the posterior pituitary

Visit our website for other NCLEX topics now!