A McCune-Albright syndrome patient may develop a tumor in their pituitary gland as a complication of their rare disease. McCune-Albright syndrome is an uncommon disease that produces adverse effects on the structure and function of an individual's skin, endocrine system, and bones. McCune-Albright syndrome causes fibrous dysplasia in the bones, light brown patches of hyperpigmented skin, and an early onset of puberty. The thyroid gland in McCune-Albright syndrome patients can become enlarged and produce too much thyroid hormone. Because of the constant changes that occur in the endocrine glands of individuals affected by McCune-Albright syndrome, they are at an increased risk of developing a pituitary adenoma that secretes an excessive amount of growth hormone. One of the characteristic symptoms of McCune-Albright syndrome is the early onset of puberty due to an influx of hormones such as excess estrogen, testosterone, and growth hormone in the body.
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