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What exactly is a pituitary adenoma?

What exactly is a pituitary adenoma?

A type of tumor: Pituitary adenoma is a benign tumor that arises from the glandular tissue. It can oversecrete hormones normally made in the gland like growth hormone, prolactin etc., . ...Read more

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Adenoma (Definition)

Adenoma is a term for a harmless tumor of gland tissue, including glands found in the intestines, kidney, ...Read more


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How are the pituitary adenomas cured?

How are the pituitary adenomas cured?

Surgery: Surgery is the best treatment for pituitary adenomas unless it is one that produces prolactin, in which case, a pill (medication) might be able to shrink and control it. If it's small (< 1 cm) and is non-functioning, you might not need to do anything to it except follow it with imaging studies (MRI) to make sure it doesn't grow in the future. ...Read more

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Could you die from a pituitary adenoma?

Could you die from a pituitary adenoma?

Rare from mass...: But can cause lots of hormonal changes which can cause problems. Tumor can cause headache, visual symptoms if sizable enough. Rarely cause bleed in brain. See doc, rx available with curative intent. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pituitary adenoma?

Some: A sella turcica scan by non-contrast MRI is a good test to find a pituitary adenoma. Some blood tests to check for pituitary hormone levels can tell some, especially is you have a pituitary adenoma to see if it is secreting hormones at a higher level and that medication therapy may be needed. ...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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For how long does it take for a pituitary adenoma to grow 2 cm?

Macroadenoma: If a 2 cm pituitary adenoma is discovered, it is likely that it has been there and growing for years, perhaps 10 yr, but it depends on what kind of tumor, whether it is secreting anything, what symptoms you have. For example, if you are a woman, and the tumor is a prolactinoma, you may be able to date the onset of tumor growth to the cessation of your periods. ...Read more

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What is the length of time for a pituitary adenoma to grow 2 cm?

It depends?: There are many kind of adenoma, some are functional and some are not, it is very hard to guess. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for pituitary adenomas?

Depends on type: Small non-functioning ones require no treatment, just regular follow-up. Prolactin-producing ones need medical treatment. Ones that produce other hormones generally need surgery. Large non-functioning ones that impair vision need surgery too. Sometimes after surgery radiation is needed, too. ...Read more

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