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Can A Pituitary Tumor Affect Speech
"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
Losing weight, speech/balance prob, body pins/need. Could this only be a pituitary tumor or something else?
129lb 51 M TSH 9.2
Prolactin: Hi. The most common hormone-producing tumor is the prolactinoma, which secretes prolactin. This causes cessation of menstrual periods a production of breast milk when you're not nursing a baby. It's common & almost always easy to treat without surgery. Talk with your gynecologist. Good luck! ...Read more
Yes: Some pituitary hormones control the menstrual cycle and can be inhibited by prolactin from a pituitary tumor. With treatment, the menstrual cycles usually return with this type of problem. Also, with a large tumor, if part or all of the pituitary is injured, menstrual cycles may not return. Large tumors can cause serious problems and almost always need treatment. ...Read more
Possibly.: Memory is a complex function of the brain that is dependent on many 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
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
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 an endocrinologist might be helpful if someone you know has been diagnosed. ...Read more
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