A 33-year-old member asked:
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How do you diagnose a pituitary tumor?

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Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience in 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).
Answered on Dec 10, 2017

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A 40-year-old member asked:
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.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
33 years experience in Medical Oncology
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 th ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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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. Murthy Andavolu
31 years experience in 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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