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?


• 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.

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