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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 21-year-old member asked:

How are pituitary tumors diagnosed?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Labs and imaging: Labs (blood draw) will tell if it's a functioning tumor. Imaging studies (MRI) will show how big and what it looks like.
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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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A 31-year-old member asked:

How do you diagnose pituitary tumors?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
MRI and labs: Blood tests can confirm if the tumor is actively producing extra hormones but MRI of the pituitary is the main study to visualize the actual tumor.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

I've been diagnosed with a pituitary tumor, what should I expect now?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Tests.: If not already done, an MRI to confirm the tumor, and determine the size of the tumor. Lab tests to determine if the tumor is causing too much or too little of any pituitary tumor. If the tumor is larger than 1 CM (10 mm) or is making too much of anything other than prolactin, surgery may be advised. Medical treatment is often used to correct low hormone levels, or high levels of prolactin.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Why are pituitary tumors so hard to diagnose?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
They are very small: These tumors secrete very powerful hormones that have far reaching affects on the body but many times the tumors are so small and also protected in the skull that they are not seen on standard imaging. Special imaging studies are needed many times to detect the tumors. Also, many of these hormones can be measured in the blood and if elevated, the search for the tumor is intensified.
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