The Posterior Pituitary Gland: A Lecture Outline

A few weeks ago, I was asked to give a didactic lecture on “The Pituitary Gland” to our pediatric resident docs. I was asked to focus on the posterior pituitary, as they have already had lectures that addressed most anterior pituitary gland matters. Apparently, no one in our pediatric endocrine division wanted to tackle the posterior pituitary. That was not a surprise to me, as it is difficult to discuss the posterior pituitary gland, since it is necessary to address sticky issues such as osmosis, tonicity, and such. Anyway, I agreed and I was asked to post my lecture outline on endodoc. For the sake of brevity, I have not included the figures and tables, but if you want them, just let me know. Also, there is a case history at the end of the outline. Think about how to approach the clinical problem presented there, and what you would do at the first clinic visit. Good luck.



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