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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.
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 49 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 24-year-old member asked:

How do you diagnose a pituitary tumor?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 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).
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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 21 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.
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A 62-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is a pituitary tumor?

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Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Mooreanswered
Family Medicine 9 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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A 21-year-old member asked:

Are all pituitary tumors the same?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
No: Pituitary tumors can be benign adenomas (non-cancerous) or malignant carcinomas (cancerous). Also, many tumors are bland tumors whoch grow into the neigboring tissues an cause symptoms (headaches, viusal changes, etc). Other tumors secrete hormones and cause distant effects on other organs such as the adrenal glands for example.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What causes pituitary tumors?

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Dr. Leila Wing
Dr. Leila Winganswered
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Unknown.: There are malignant and non-malignant pituitary tumors, some that produce hormones, some that don't. Some cause problems because of their size and relationship to the optic chiasm and can cause visual problems and headaches. Causes of pituitary tumors are unknown.
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