It is called the master gland or control gland because the hormones it produces control the endocrine glands.
Pituitary gland-The most important of the endocrine glands (glands that release hormones directly into the bloodstream), the pituitary is located at the base of the brain.
Sometimes referred to as the "master gland," it regulates and controls the activities of other endocrine glands and many body processes including growth and reproductive function.
Adrenal glands-A pair of endocrine glands (glands that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream) that are located on top of the kidneys.
All MEN types are the result of inherited genetic mutations that predispose the individual to excessive growth of cells (hyperplasia) and tumor formation in multiple endocrine glands.
Numerous other hormone levels can be measured to assess the involvement of the various other endocrine glands.
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