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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
A growth: A pituitary tumor is simply a growth on the pituitary. It's not cancerous but it could cause problems by increasing or decreasing pituitary hormone s ... Read More
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Dr. William Goldie
47 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Uncontrolled cells: The pituitary gland is full of very complex cells that are very reactive to factors from the brain and produce complex hormones that control many func ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Murthy Andavolu
31 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes: It can recur within a few years. That is why it needs to be followed every year with a MRI after surgery.
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Dr. Della Howell
22 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Yes: Unfortunately, almost any kind of tumor in the brain or elsewhere in the body is at risk for coming back. Some tumors are more likely to recur than ot ... Read More
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A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Moore
7 years experience Family Medicine
It can be dangerous!: If you have a pituitary tumor you need to make sure you follow up with your physician as directed. Unmonitored and untreated, it can cause a lot of pr ... Read More
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Dr. Kristi Kohl
19 years experience Family Medicine
It depends.: Many pituitary tumors stay stable and do not cause problems. However, pituitary tumors are located in a small area which does many things for the bod ... Read More
Dr. Andrew Kaufman
55 years experience Neurosurgery
Could be: There are many different types of pituitary tumor. Most are benign. However, by their size or location or type of tumor they may still be dangerous. ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chastain
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Should not affect.: Pituitary tumors, unless massive in size (affecting other areas of the brain), should not affect speech.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Many: There are many drugs available to treat pituitary tumor but they are usually used after pituitary surgery. The only two drugs commonly used to treat ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
MRI: An MRI of the brain is the best way to see and diagnose a pituitary tumor. Most pituitary tumors are benign (not cancerous).
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ben Ferguson
9 years experience General Surgery
Possibly.: Memory is a complex function of the brain that is dependent on many different areas. If a pituitary tumor is sufficiently large or spreads to other ar ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Many: It can do nothing and just sit there for the rest of your life, or it can overproduce or shut down pituitary hormone secretion/production. If it's bi ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Ramkaransingh
19 years experience Interventional Radiology
MRI: Pituitary tumors often cause changes in vision. They can also secrete certain hormones which can cause various symptoms. If there is significant conce ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
Not directly: The pituitary is far enough from the brain that a tumor would not directly affect the brain. However, a pituitary tumor can cause abnormal hormone le ... Read More
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