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Can a benign adrenal tumor cause weight gain?

Can a benign adrenal tumor cause weight gain?

Yes: A benign adrenal tumor means that it is not cancerous but that doesn't mean that it can't be a functioning tumor, that is, it can still produce excess hormone. If the excess hormone is cortisol, you can gain weight. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Orr
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Adrenal Tumor (Definition)

The adrenal gland has a medullary center producing adrenaline like products and a cortex producing cortisone. Majority of lesions are asymptomatic represented by small adenomas that usually can be left behind. Cortical lesions can present as large pheochromocytomas that may be functional with severe hypertenision. Cortical tumors may ...Read more


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Does a pituitary macro adenoma cause weight gain?

Does a pituitary macro adenoma cause weight gain?

Depends: Hi. Pituitary macroadenomas can cause problems by either: 1) producing hormones, or 2) mass effect (compressing normal pituitary tissue and/or the pituitary stalk). Hormone-producing tumors that can cause weight gain produce ACTH or growth hormone (GH). ACTH and GH tumors have very characteristic physical exam findings. See an endocrinologist. Macroadenomas either need treatment or close follow up ...Read more

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Does having a tumor (malignant or benign) usually lead to weight loss?

Does having a tumor (malignant or benign) usually lead to weight loss?

It depends: Larger or more aggressive cancers are the type of cancers more typically associated with weight loss. Smaller tumors that maybe cured by local treatment (e.g. Surgery) often have no symptoms and frequently are not associated with weight loss. Unfortunately some cancers (lung cancer and pancreatic cancer) are not found until late and the initial presenting symptom may be weight loss. ...Read more

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Can a pituitary tumor cause thyroiditis?

Can a pituitary tumor cause thyroiditis?

No: Hi. No, a pituitary tumor can't cause thyroiditis. Pituitary tumors can cause hypothyroidism & hyperthyroidism (by different mechanisms), but can't cause thyroiditis. If both are coexistent, they're independent. All the best! ...Read more

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What endocrine disorders other than acromegaly or pituitary tumor could cause height growth spurts in late 30s/early 40s?Would hypothyroidism do that?

What endocrine disorders other than acromegaly or pituitary tumor could cause height growth spurts in late 30s/early 40s?Would hypothyroidism do that?

Growth: Once you go through puberty, the growth plates close, and you will not grow anymore. Acromegaly in an adult does not cause growth in height, just thickening of bones/features. Hypothyroidism does not increase height. The most common cause of "adult growth" is a mistake in measurement, including in MD offices, where height measurements are often not accurate. ...Read more

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Would a benign tumor in your small intestine cause abdominal pain and weight loss just as a malignant tumour would?

Would a benign tumor in your small intestine cause abdominal pain and weight loss just as a malignant tumour would?

Yes: Even benign tumors of the GI tract can cause alteration in bowels, abdominal pain and distention, bleeding and blockage with nausea, loss of appetite leading to weight loss and malnutrition. ...Read more

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Can cancer itself cause weight loss?

Yes: Tumor cachexia is a condition usually seen in patients with advanced cancer that results in loss of lean body mass. Part of it is due to decreased caloric intake but there is also a hypercatabolic state mediated by certain substances produced by the cancer. Of course, organ damage (like liver) due to the cancer also contributes. ...Read more

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Can a thyroglossal cyst cause weight problems?

Can a thyroglossal cyst cause weight problems?

No: These are nuisance lesions that are left over from the descent of the gland from the mouth of the unborn child. Unless infection or surgery has destroyed the entire thyroid gland, which is very unlikely, look elsewhere for the cause of weight gain -- or as is most common, see what happens to your weight when you pursue some sort of exercise that you enjoy. ...Read more

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Can macro prolactinoma cause weight gain around the midsection? Thanks!

Can macro prolactinoma cause weight gain around the midsection? Thanks!

Prolactinoma: Usually a macroprolactinoma does not cause weight gain/fat redistribution, just loss of periods, as described. Presumably you are on treatment w/ Cabergoline or bromocriptine. Are the other pituitary hormones ok? Sometimes, a pituitary tumor can damage the other hormones, or secrete something else. Check with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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If you have an adrenal tumor, does weight loss signify development of cancer?

If you have an adrenal tumor, does weight loss signify development of cancer?

Not usually: Assuming that you have had a ct showing a mass in your adrenal it should be worked up to make sure that it is not producing hormones and has no radiographic signs of cancer (and is not more than 5cm in size). If all of these are ok, then it is a benign "incidentaloma" and may be followed with ct. Your weight loss should not be related unless you have another cancer metastatic to adrenal (unlikely). ...Read more

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Why would ovarian cysts cause weight gain?

Why would ovarian cysts cause weight  gain?

They don't...: Ovarian cysts don't cause weight gain, but being overweight can cause Insulin resistance which can lead to the formation of ovarian cysts. ...Read more

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Can excessive sweating and weight gain be due to a thyroid disease ?

Can excessive sweating and weight gain be due to a thyroid disease ?

Hypothyroidism : Yes. It would be a good idea to see your primary care physician and have a routine thyroid screening. It is a simple blood test. There are many symptoms associated with thyroid disease. If you have noticed weight gain without actively trying to do so, or without a significant change in your exercise, or eating habits, it could potentially be related to a thyroid issue. ...Read more

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Can smoking and drinking cause an increase in a pituitary gland tumour size?

Can smoking and drinking cause an increase in a pituitary gland tumour size?

Pituitary tumors: There are many different kinds of pituitary tumors but most should not be directly affected by smoking or alcohol. However, there are a lot of peripheral effects on your body from smoking and alcohol. You should see your endocrinologist about this. ...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


Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more