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Doctor insights on: Benign Tumour On Pituitary Gland

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Had MRI to look my pituitary gland to see if there is benign tumour have letter asking me to come in to have a trh and metoclopramide test what is thi?

Had MRI to look my pituitary gland to see if there is benign tumour have letter asking me to come in to have a trh and metoclopramide test what is thi?

Hi prolactin: Hi. I'm assuming you have high prolactin. Do you have breast milk production and have your periods stopped? I think the TRH and metoclopramide stimulation test is not necessary. If you DON'T have breast and you still ARE having periods, they need to check for macroprolactinemia; it does't need to be treated. If periods stopped & you have breast milk and prolactin is high, just go ahead and treat! ...Read more

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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If I have a benign brain tumour in the pituitary gland, can it become cancerous?

If I have a benign brain tumour in the pituitary gland, can it become cancerous?

Pituitary adenoma: A benign growth in pituitary is fairly common. If it grows, it could lead to decreased pituitary function. It could also secrete hormones or stimulate other glands. Almost never is there malignant degeneration. ...Read more

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What does Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) do for pituitary gland tumors? Can it negatively affect a benign pituitary gland tumor?

What does Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) do for pituitary gland tumors? Can it negatively affect a benign pituitary gland tumor?

Not much: The mechanism of action working on Dopamine and part of a treatment for adhd, does not really affect pituitary gland function. Therefore, for the most part, this should not have any effect on a pituitary neoplasm. ...Read more

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I have a pituitary gland tumour benign and I take bromocriptine tablets 5mg and I occasionally smoke hookah will this affect my tumour?

I have a pituitary gland tumour benign and I take bromocriptine tablets 5mg and I occasionally smoke hookah will this affect my tumour?

Yes and no: Hi. Assuming your pituitary tumor is a prolactinoma (based on the fact you're being treated with bromocriptine), yes bromocriptine (or the preferred dopaminergic, cabergoline) CAN shrink the tumor. Smoking a hookah will not hurt your tumor, but WTF?! Smoking is utterly stupid and horrible for your health! Do you want physicians on this site to condone stupid behavior? I think you're outta luck. ...Read more

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Is pituitary gland tumour benign life threatening it is 7mm have started bromocriptine tablets will it go after the tablets or do I have take forever?

Is pituitary gland tumour benign life threatening it is 7mm have started bromocriptine tablets will it go after the tablets or do I have take forever?

Almost none: Of the pituitary tumors are cancer.
Their danger is that they can crowd out other hormones and mess up proper endocrine function a variety of ways.
The drug doesn't always work. Generally it is taken for many months not forever, but...
would have to have repeated looks and
Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, ...Read more

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I have a Pituitary gland tumour that is 7mm is that large? It is benign, is this life threatening only symptom I have had is no period

I have a Pituitary gland tumour that is 7mm is that large? It is benign, is this life threatening only symptom I have had is no period

Microadenoma: Hi. A pituitary tumor up 10 mm in diameter is a microadenoma (a macro adenoma if diameter is 11 mm or greater). It sounds as if it is a functioning tumor (secretes a hormone), since your periods have stopped. The most likely would be a prolactinoma (an adenoma that secretes prolactin). They are NOT like threatening. ACTH-secreting adenomas also halt periods. Your doc will discuss treatment options ...Read more

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Since I have a pituitary gland tumour benign that is 7mm I am now taking bromocriptine tablets butin the future will it be hard for me to have a baby?

Since I have a pituitary gland tumour benign that is 7mm I am now taking bromocriptine tablets butin the future will it be hard for me to have a baby?

Cannot say: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health,
Most common cause of a pituitary tumor secretes prolactin, and crowd out normal hormone production. Of course the pills you mentioned are supposed to treat that.
but it doesn't look good.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/23848038
testable with measuring pituitary hormones during menstrual cycle (FSH) ...Read more

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Can my pituitary gland regrow after surgery and 20 weeks of radiation? I had a pituitary resection of a benign tumor and it recurred and then was given 20 weeks of radiation to get rid of it. After a long time of taking meds and leaving for a massive hurr

Can my pituitary gland regrow after surgery and 20 weeks of radiation? I had a pituitary resection of a benign tumor and it recurred and then was given 20 weeks of radiation to get rid of it. After a long time of taking meds and leaving for a massive hurr

I: I hope you did not have 20 weeks of radiation! That would be a lot. Standard radiation treatments for pituitary tumors generally consist of 25 - 30 treatments over 5-6 weeks depending on the type of pituitary tumor. Occasionally, between one and five treatments are given using something called radiosurgery.

Usually pituitary function only gets worse over time after radiation and we do not expect people to have a spontaneous recovery of pituitary function on their own. Are you sure that your levels were not in a low-normal range after the radiation and that you might not have needed all the supplements to begin with? If somehow your pituitary did recover, there is no guarantee that it will continue to function normally and in fact most doctors would expect that function would decrease over time. After discussing this further with your endocrinologist, most people would probably continue checking their hormone levels once or twice a year so that supplements could be restarted if they start going down. ...Read more

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Vision going blurry is a pituitary gland tumour symptom which I have but when put my glasses on everything is clear again is this because of the tumor?

Vision going blurry is a pituitary gland tumour symptom which I have but when put my glasses on everything is clear again is this because of the tumor?

Likely not: Your description matches a refractive error or standard type of glasses prescription need. Examples: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and/or astigmatism. Pituitary related deficits do not clear with the application of glasses & are generally a type of bitemporal visual field defects (decreased vision out to both sides). Have these vision defects evaluated by your eye MD. ...Read more

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Do Pituitary gland tumours grow bigger fast or does it take long time for it to get bigger my doctor made me wait 6 months nd am still waiting for mri?

Do Pituitary gland tumours grow bigger fast or does it take long time for it to get bigger my doctor made me wait 6 months nd am still waiting for mri?

Pituitary tumors: These tumors are generally slow growing and rarely are malignant. As such it is not uncommon to them to be observed without treatment for a period of time. Often, an MRI is done 3-6 months after the initial diagnosis, and then every 6-12 months thereafter. It is always appropriate to discuss concerns about observation with a doctor. ...Read more

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Can MRI of brain see strokes/mini strokes and tumours on pituitary gland?

Yes: If pituitary tumor is suspected a detailed endocrine evaluation is necessary to assess whether it is a functionally secreting tumor. Especially looking for acth secreting tumors given your history there are other types that present with generalized symptoms but a thorough endocrine evaluation should establish this in addition a very refined mri. ...Read more

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

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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If a person finds out that she has a tumor on the pituitary gland and is bleeding, what should she do?

Call your endo doc: Not sure what you mean by bleeding (from where) or what kind of pituitary tumor you're describing. Please contact your endocrinologist to discuss further. ...Read more

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How serious is a small tumor on the pituitary gland? It is not cancerous. What are the chances of not being able to have kids?

How serious is a small tumor on the pituitary gland? It is not cancerous. What are the chances of not being able to have kids?

It depends: It is great that the small pituitary tumor is not cancerous. As long as it is not growing, observation may be an option. Due to the position of the pituitary, it cangrow and interfer with your vision. It can also disturb all of the hormones in your body since it secretes the regulatory hormones for your thyroid, adrenal glands, and ovaries. If these are disrupted, it will make it hard to conceive. ...Read more

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How do you remove a tumor on the pituitary gland?

If surgical removal: Is required then the approach is from the floor of the skull through the sphenoid sinus, that is from below. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I had a tumor on my pituitary gland and it shrunk.?

Possibly: The only way to diagnose a tumor on the pituitary gland is to obtain an MRI of the brain. There can also be suggestive signs if certain hormone levels in the body are outside of the normal range. I would advise consultation with your regular doctor to discuss your symptoms and to arrange for a possible mri. ...Read more

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Can your pituitary gland be enlarged on its own or is it always caused by some sort of tumor?

Can your pituitary gland be enlarged on its own or is it always caused by some sort of tumor?

Pituitary: Can also enlarge on it's own -- the most common situation is pregnancy. Any other enlargement of the pituitary should be fully evaluated. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if it's there. Does he mean the removal of just the tumor itself or the whole pituitary gland?

Please rephrase: Hi. Your question doesn't really make sense. Don't assume we know what you've been diagnosed with. As a pituitary doc (diagnostician, not surgeon), I can tell you we aim only to remove tumors, when indicated, not the whole pituitary gland. Normal human physiology requires pituitary function, and if the whole thing comes out, we need to treat numerous deficiencies. Good luck. ...Read more

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How tall can you be without suffering any health risks or problems like the tumor in the pituitary gland. What affects height?

How tall can you be without suffering any health risks or problems like the tumor in the pituitary gland. What affects height?

No definite number: A person who develops a pituitary tumor after adolescent growth has stopped (around age 18 usually) will not grow taller, but will develop a change in the shape of his face, diabetes, visual trouble, etc. (This is called acromegaly.) If such a tumor occurs before growth has stopped, gigantism can result. A 34 year old person, simply unusually tall and not symptomatic, not likely have tumor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if it's there. Does he mean the removal of just the tumor itself or the whole pituitary gland?

Pituitary tumor: With pituitary tumors it is rare that you have to remove the whole gland. In most cases the tumor is removed leaving the gland intact. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how tall can you be without any health risks or problems like the tumor in the pituitary gland. What effects height?

Six foot seven: Over the milenia the height of the population is increasing. This growth pattern is defined by Growth Hormone produced by the pituitary gland. During previous wars, the taller persons were usually involved in fighting and the smaller men left at home. Now many men are reaching above 6.5 feet without any signs of functional compromise. We can anticipate eventual heights reaching 7 feet. ...Read more

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I have had a decrease in quality of life since having a ACTH secreting tumor removed from my pituitary gland at age 31. Is this normal?

It could be but: This will depend on the endocrine evaluation by your endocrinologist. There are a variety of reasons why you might be feeling this way. A big part of this is how you are being supplemented since the surgical removal of the pituitary gland. ...Read more

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I have a really high cortisol levelns, failed the 1mg dex test, but passed all the others, found tumor on the pituitary gland. Now a cronic insomniac?

I have a really high cortisol levelns, failed the 1mg dex test, but passed all the others, found tumor on the pituitary gland. Now a cronic insomniac?

Insomnia: Insomnia is tough but very manageable. Did anyone consider removing the tumor. Don't hesitate to see your doctor again. PS: Going back home to Sydney in 6 weeks for brief trip - haven't been there for more than 25 years. Can't wait! ...Read more

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Can a pituitary gland tumor misdiagnosed with depression?

Can a pituitary gland tumor misdiagnosed with depression?

Pituitary tumor: Any tumor or lesion in brain may develop symptoms of depression. It is not a misdiagnosis, if your doctor just found you have depression. It should be a incomplete diagnosis. Depression is just a common symptom, not a exact etiology. ...Read more

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Does a head MRI both with and without contrast show if there is a problem or tumor in the pituitary gland?

Does a head MRI both with and without contrast show if there is a problem or tumor in the pituitary gland?

Pituitary gland: Hi, yes, MRI is a very good imagining modality to evaluate posterior brain, but But MRI might not detect microadenomas that are smaller than 3 mm (about 1/8 inch) across, follow up imaging if there is any doubt could be helpful. ...Read more

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I'm 22 and have't had my period since 16, they diagnosed me with a pituitary gland tumor. Yesterday I had a light flow period, what does this mean?

I'm 22 and have't had my period since 16, they diagnosed me with a pituitary gland tumor. Yesterday I had a light flow period, what does this mean?

It depends: The menstrual period and the hormones that are involved are a very complex process. With your history of pituitary gland tumor, the regulatory hormones that affect your menstrual cycle could be out of normal range. I would advise to seek help with an ob/gyn or an endocrinologist for further testing and evaluation. Your light flow period could be part of your normal menstrual cycle coming back. ...Read more

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Nausea and chills out of no where? I just recently found out that I have a tumor in my pituitary gland that is non cancerous. Could this be the cause?

Nausea and chills out of no where? I just recently found out that I have a tumor in my pituitary gland that is non cancerous. Could this be the cause?

Unlikely: The pituitary tumor has been there for a while. It is more likely that you have a stomach bug or food poisoning. Many pituitary tumors do not secrete hormones. The drugs we give to shrink certain types of these tumors can cause nausea. Are you taking bromocriptine? ...Read more

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My sis has high level of prolactin controlled by Dostinex, (cabergoline)dose that mean she has pituitary gland tumor? Is that related to her Peutz-Jeghers syndrome?

My sis has high level of prolactin controlled by Dostinex, (cabergoline)dose that mean she has pituitary gland tumor? Is that related to her Peutz-Jeghers syndrome?

Carney complex: Peutz-Jaeghers (P-J) syndrome is not classically associated with pituitary tumors; there is a syndrome called Carney complex that shares features / is similar to P-J syndrome and without genetic testing, they could be confused. Carney complex is associated with pituitary tumors. 80-95% of patients with P-J syndrome have mutation in STK11 (LKB1). ...Read more

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I was wondering is a brain tumor on the pituitary gland genetic?

I was wondering is a brain tumor on the pituitary gland genetic?

Rarely: Hi. Yes, there are genetic syndromes that cause pituitary tumors (MEN-1 is a famous one), but it's rare. If you have a lot of family members with pituitary tumors, however, all of a sudden it's odds go up! See an experienced endocrinologist! ...Read more

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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