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Doctor insights on: A Benign Tumor Of The Pituitary Gland

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What is a hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

What is a hyperfunctioning adenoma of the adrenal gland?

Secretory: An adrenal adenoma usually does not produce the usual adrenal hormones (corticosteroids or mineralocorticoids) but if does, it is called hyperfunctioning. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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Is a pituitary tumor a type of brain cancer?

Is a pituitary tumor a type of brain cancer?

Most are not.: The most common pituitary tumor is an adenoma, which is a benign tumor and not a cancer. Some rarer types of tumors can be more aggressive. ...Read more

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Can a brain tumor on the pineal gland cause epilepsy?

Can a brain tumor on the pineal gland cause epilepsy?

Not typically: The pineal gland is located in the center of the brain near eye nerve pathways and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) system. Symptoms include double vision, headache, nausea, & vomiting. I suspect seizures could happen but are not common. Pineal tumors are also rare .. only 1% of all primary brain tumors. Other causes of seizures should be investigated. ...Read more

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Is a micro adenoma in the pituitary curable?

Microadenoma: The MRI is very sensitive, and it can pick up tiny "lumps" in many people. The presence of a tiny adenoma does not necessarily mean there is a problem. If it is making excess hormone (eg. prolactin) then treatment directed at the hormone is important. Theoretically, "big" pituitary tumors were once small, but most micro's don't get much bigger. See your Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Is a hypodense nodule in the left thyroid gland cancerous?

Is a hypodense nodule in the left thyroid gland cancerous?

Not necessarily: Many hypodense nodules of the thyroid are benign. ...Read more

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What is the risk of a pineal gland cyst?

What is the risk of a pineal gland cyst?

If the cyst: is small, generally it is an incidental finding requiring no treatment and causing no symptoms ...Read more

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What is the risk of a pineal gland cyst?

What is the risk of a pineal gland cyst?

Pineal gland cyst: Most pineal gland cysts are incidentally found, meaning they are common. Unless the cyst is showing signs of growth or compression of surrounding structures they are typical just followed with serial studies. ...Read more

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What is the process of pituitary tumor removal?

What is the process of pituitary tumor removal?

Trans-sphenoidal: If possible, the preferred method of pituitary tumor removal is transsphenoidal- through the nose or through the space just under the upper lip. After entering that area, you then enter the pituitary region through the sphenoid sinus and can remove the tumor from around the pituitary gland. ...Read more

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How can I shrink the size of pituitary gland tumor (non cancerous)?

Depends on the type: Prolactinomas are common benign tumors of the pituitary and many respond to medications. Dopamine agonists such as bromocriptine, Cabergoline and pergolide will decrease the prolactin level and may, in some cases, shrink the tumor. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a benign brain tumor and a malignant (cancerous) brain tumor?

What is the difference between a benign brain tumor and a malignant (cancerous) brain tumor?

Hard question: Any brain tumor can be malignant by position. Even if benign but in vital region is bad. A malignant metastasis may be easy to remove and cured by cure of the source. A primary malignant brain tumor may be easy to remove and cure or can be diffuse and impossible to remove or cure. ...Read more

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Are a pituitary and adrenal tumor related?

Are a pituitary and adrenal tumor related?

Sometimes: Cushing disease occurs when the pituitary gland produces a substance that causes both adrenal glands to secrete too much cortisol. This excess cortisol leads to a series of problems that may include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, fatigue, porr wound healing, and others. Treatment is usually directed at the pituitary tumor. ...Read more

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A benign tumor differs from a malignant tumor in that a benign tumor isn't supposed to kill you?

A benign tumor differs from a malignant tumor in that a benign tumor isn't supposed to kill you?

Generally yes: Most benign tumors are not capable of spreading an invading distant organs. That being said, there are rare examples of benign tumors that get so big that they can cause major symptoms and medical problems. Thankfully, these are pretty unusual. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kidney cysts or adrenal gland tumors?

What are the symptoms of kidney cysts or adrenal gland tumors?

Most times no sympto: Kidney cysts have no symptoms and are benign adrenal tumors most of the time are symptomless and non cancerous.Rarely there is adrenal cortex carcinoma and need treatment, it is quite rare.Can cause pain, treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a pituitary tumor?

What are the symptoms of a pituitary tumor?

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. ...Read more

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A brain MRI found a 4x6cm lesion in the puitary gland described as a microadenoma. Two weeks later a pituitary MRI shows an 1.06x1.53 cm area of heterogenous gland described as a evolving pituitary adenoma or apoplexy. What is an evolving adenoma?

A brain MRI found a 4x6cm lesion in the puitary gland described as a microadenoma. Two weeks later a pituitary MRI shows an 1.06x1.53 cm  area of heterogenous gland described as a evolving pituitary adenoma or apoplexy. What is an evolving adenoma?

Check your units: Frankly, I think you've got the original set of units wrong. You wrote 4x6 cm. MICROadenoma? Those dimensions are ginormous for something living in the pituitary gland. You mean 4x6 mm which then, GREW to 10.6 x 15.3 mm or what you wrote which is the same thing 1.06 x 1.53 cm. Evolving means it's changing/growing. More questions: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR for appointment ...Read more

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What can cause hyperplasia of the pituitary gland?

What can cause hyperplasia of the pituitary gland?

Pituitary: Are you reading a path report? Hyperplasia means proliferation of cells. Pituitary cells can do this for many reasons. Normal physiology, eg. lactating, pregnancy, growth spurt during teens. If you are hypothyroid, your pituitary will increase TSH -cells. Abnormal hormone production (prolactin, ACTH, GH) would involve hyperplasia. The path report must be correlated with the overall picture. ...Read more

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Is a pituitary tumor a brain tumor?

Not quite: A pituitary tumor arises from the pituitary gland which is underneath the brain. These may be quite large and cause compression of the brain or the cranial nerves. This would be considered a "brain tumor" in general language. Pituitary tumors should be classified in a category of their own from a technical standpoint. ...Read more

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Is a prolactinoma a kind of pituitary cancer?

Is a prolactinoma a kind of pituitary cancer?

It's not a cancer: A prolactinoma is a benign, non-cancerous growth in the pituitary that produces too much prolactin hormone. It's the only functioning pituitary tumor that can be treated with a pill without the need for surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Benign Tumor (Definition)

A tumor by any other name is a growth. It can be either benign or malignant, differentiated based upon the potential to spread (a malignant tumor is, by definition, a cancer). The best way to determine this is by a tissue biopsy, but we can make better predictions based on the organ of origin, physical ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Pituitary Gland (Definition)

The pituitary is the source of several hormonal stimulation pathways, such as acth to stimulate the adrenal gland, TSH for the thyroid, but the posterior aspect deals with fluid and ...Read more