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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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Dr. Kristi Kohl
Family Medicine 21 years experience
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 body. Therefore, they should be followed carefully with periodic labs and mris. More aggressive tumors should have neurosurgical consultation.
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Dr. Andrew Kaufman
Neurosurgery 57 years experience
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. Most are not dangerous and can be treated by pills, radiation therapy or surgery. Some pituitary tumors may never grow or create a problem.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

I have 2 benign pituitary tumors, are they dangerous?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 44 years experience
Many factors: Mris are very sensitive at picking up the most tiny of pituitary lesions. They sometimes see very small, insignificant "tumors" in the pituitary that are not secreting hormones and will not cause problems. On the other hand, larger, secretory tumors may be of more concern. Discuss this with your endocrinologist.
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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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