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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is a pituitary tumor?

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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 secretion. It can also cause visual problems if it's big enough.
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
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 functions of the body. At times, these cells become uncontrolled and start to produce hormones in excess and grow too big. These cells form tumors that may cause severe problems with body regulation. Surgery is usually necessary.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a pituitary tumor?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Subtle: Cuts in the visual field that you won't notice until someone checks you with one eye closed. A woman's periods stopping or becoming irregular. Milk production perhaps. Lost libido. Headaches -- sometimes sudden and catastrophic. Needing bigger gloves. Just feeling run down and being called "neurotic". Weight gain / diabetes / hypertension / moods that get blamed on "lifestyle." bad tumor to miss.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

How do you diagnose a pituitary tumor?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
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 39-year-old member asked:

Can a pituitary tumor reoccur?

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Dr. Murthy Andavolu
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Yes: It can recur within a few years. That is why it needs to be followed every year with a MRI after surgery.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have a pituitary tumor?

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Dr. Jeffrey Ramkaransingh
Interventional Radiology 20 years experience
MRI: Pituitary tumors often cause changes in vision. They can also secrete certain hormones which can cause various symptoms. If there is significant concern, an MRI can diagnose a pituitary tumor.
A 62-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is a pituitary tumor?

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Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Mooreanswered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
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 problems.

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