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After Pituitary Tumor Removal
Is adrenal insufficiency after pituitary tumor removal permanent? How long before most usually gain pituitary function for acth back?
Sometimes: It is really quite variable when the pituitary function restarts after the operation. It often depends on how much was removed. Unfortunately, sometimes it is permanent. Check with your neurosurgeon for more details. ...Read more
"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
Is cortef (hydrocortisone) a medicine used after a pituitary tumor removal to replace your missing hormones?
Yes: Because the normal pituitary gland is rarely clearly identified in surgery, and due to inflammation after surgery, release of the hormone ADH (vasopressin) by the pituitary is often disrupted. Adh, (vasopressin) or anti-diuretic hormone, permits the body to maintain appropriate fluid balance. A low ADH (vasopressin) level causes excess urination, and consequently, thirst. This is usually temporary, but may be a long-term issue. ...Read more
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
How serious is removal of pituitary tumor using transphenoidal procedure and what is recovery time? When can one go home after procedure?
Well tolerated: The more modern method for pituitary tumor resection is via a transnasal endoscopic approach that is a modification of the transphenoidal approach. Although there are always risks, in experienced hands these risks are very low. Depending on the size/ tenacity of the tumor, patients generally go home in 1-3 days. They should be awake and alert within an hour or two after the surgery. Pain is low. ...Read more
Very unlikely: First, unless it is extremely large, a pituitary tumor will rarely, if ever, be a cause of a stroke. It is more likely that after a stroke that was caused by a different problem, a MRI revealed an unsuspected pituitary tumor. Rehabilitation is much more likely to help a stroke victim that treatment of the tumor. ...Read more
I had pituitary tumor removal on 3/3. I home recovering, but still feel like my head have some kind of nerve thing going on, soreness and numb in spot?
Possibly.: Memory is a complex function of the brain that is dependent on many different areas. If a pituitary tumor is sufficiently large or spreads to other areas of the brain, then it is conceivable that memory would be affected. However, other symptoms, such as disruptions in hormone levels/functions and changes in vision, are far more likely. ...Read more
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
No: Diagnosing acromegaly involves 2 blood tests that measure level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and oral glucose tolerance t\ (OGTT). Difficult to test level of growth hormone (GH) in acromegaly. Scan of head performed to confirm presence an adenoma in pituitary gland. If no tumor detected, a CT scan of abdomen and pelvis looks for tumors of adrenal, pancreas or pvary producing GH ...Read more
Pituitary tumor: The pituitary is a gland at the base of the brain and responsible for a number of hormones involved in growth, fluid control, male and female development among other things. The most common tumor is an adenoma secreting prolactin which can lead to period irregularity, breast discharge, headaches, etc. An evaluation with a endocrinologist might be helpful if someone you know has been diagnosed. ...Read more
Most tumors grow.: Even benign pituitary tumors may grow, albeit slowly. Observation may be appropriate for older or very ill patients, but treatment is important to establish a diagnosis, and smaller tumors are easier to remove without complications. Most of us collect medical problems, making surgery safer now than later in life. Untreated tumors may cause vision problems, headache, and hormone abnormalities. ...Read more
Hormone imbalance: The pituitary is a gland that controls many of the hormones of the body. There can be serious imbalance of many of the body functions if the pituitary is damaged or removed. Hormone replacement therapy is necessary, and careful monitoring of hormone levels is necessary. However, this has now become routine and easy to monitor. A good endocrine specialist can easily develop a plan of management. ...Read more
Visual & endocrine: Any tumor of the pituitary may affect the optic nerve and produces visual disturbances. The endocrine symptoms depend on the cell type involved and if it makes a hormone. If the tumor does not make hormones it causes deficiency of thyroid, adrenal and gonadal hormones. Excess production of hormone may cause hyperthyroidism and cushing syndrome etc. ...Read more
Pituitary tumor: There are a number of treatments that are available for a pituitary tumor. First you need a consultation with an endocrinologist to determine the type as some can be treated medically, if not then a consultation with a neurosurgeon and a neurologist would be recommended. ...Read more
Over 1 cm: A macroadenoma is a tumor that is bigger than 1 CM (10mm). ...Read more
What symptoms would U normally have w/ pituitary tumor besides added height (over 35)? Can tumor go unnoticed for decade or would there be some signs?
You won't: Have a significant height increase with a growth hormone secreting pituitary tumor in adulthood because the bone growth plates are closed. Acromegaly is the clinical syndrome. There are other types of hormone secreting pituitary tumors that have various symptoms related to the hormones involved. Some don't affect hormones, but can cause symptoms due to their size or propensity to hemorrhage. ...Read more
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