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Can you donate blood with a pituitary tumor?

Can you donate blood with a pituitary tumor?

Probably: Depending upon your symptoms and your hormone evaluation it may be very safe for you to donate blood. You can discuss this further with your primary doctor or your endocrinologist or your neurosurgeon. ...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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Can a pituitary tumor still be present even if blood labs are normal?

Can a pituitary tumor still be present even if blood labs are normal?

May be: If the tumor size is small, it may not give symptoms and lab reports may come normal. It will be picked up MRI brain incidentally. ...Read more

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What specific blood tests does an endocrinologist do to help dianosre a pituitary tumor?

What specific blood tests does an endocrinologist do to help dianosre a pituitary tumor?

Pituitary labs: Serum prolactin, insulin-like growth factor (igf)-1, 24 hour urine cortisol, acth level, ft4, t3 (liothyronine) and TSH cane done in the evaluation of a pituitary tumor. ...Read more

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On cabergoline for pituitary tumor cycles not regulated 2 weeks & counting blood from vagina when I wipe is this normal? What else can cause bleeding?

On cabergoline for pituitary tumor cycles not regulated 2 weeks & counting blood from vagina when I wipe is this normal? What else can cause bleeding?

Unclear: It sounds like you are on Cabergoline to treat a prolactin secreting pituitary tumor. If you have only been on treatment for 2 weeks, that is too early to see normal menstual cycles. The vaginal bleeding is most likely a sign that you are menstruating, but you should see your gynecologist to be sure. ...Read more

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If you have an intradural, extramedullary spinal tumor and pituitary tumor that cannot be biopsied, would it be prudent to run paraneoplastic ab test or any other blood test to rule out cancer?

If you have an intradural, extramedullary spinal tumor and pituitary tumor that cannot be biopsied, would it be prudent to run paraneoplastic ab test or any other blood test to rule out cancer?

It's not for that: The vast majority of cancers don't produce paraneoplastic antibodies that show on labs. If you've been told that a tissue diagnosis cannot be obtained on either of your two tumors, please think about getting a second opinion, though it may be true. Whatever happens, you deserve to be fully educated about your illnesses. ...Read more

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Can a pituitary tumor reoccur?

Can a pituitary tumor reoccur?

Yes: It can recur within a few years. That is why it needs to be followed every year with a MRI after surgery. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a pituitary tumor?

How dangerous is a pituitary tumor?

It can be dangerous!: If you have a pituitary tumor you need to make sure you follow up with your physician as directed. Unmonitored and untreated, it can cause a lot of problems. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a pituitary tumor?

How do you diagnose a pituitary tumor?

MRI: An MRI of the brain is the best way to see and diagnose a pituitary tumor. Most pituitary tumors are benign (not cancerous). ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a pituitary tumor?

MRI: Pituitary tumors often cause changes in vision. They can also secrete certain hormones which can cause various symptoms. If there is significant concern, an MRI can diagnose a pituitary tumor. ...Read more

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Could a pituitary tumor affect your memory?

Could a pituitary tumor affect your memory?

Possibly: It's usually not the first symptom, but if the tumor becomes large it may press on parts of the brain and cause problems with memory. Other symptoms caused by the size of the tumor include headache, dizziness, numbness, and vision changes. ...Read more

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Can a pituitary tumor be cured if found early?

Can a pituitary tumor be cured if found early?

Yes: Some simply require monitoring. So you need to ask your doctor about this. ...Read more

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What is the process of pituitary tumor removal?

What is the process of pituitary tumor removal?

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

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What happens when you leave a pituitary tumor untreated?

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

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What happens after a pituitary tumor is treated/removed?

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

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How can you tell if your pituitary tumor is really gone?

How can you tell if your pituitary tumor is really gone?

MRI and hormones: An MRI is important to follow the size and recurrence of a pituitary tumor. However, for some pituitary tumors, a cure is often defined by the levels of hormones in your blood stream. It is possible that a pituitary tumor is too small to be seen on mri. ...Read more

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What are the major presenting symptoms of pituitary tumor?

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

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How do pituitary tumors affect speech?

Should not affect.: Pituitary tumors, unless massive in size (affecting other areas of the brain), should not affect speech. ...Read more

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Can pituitary tumors affect my memory?

Can pituitary tumors affect my memory?

Not usually: Unless it affects the thyroid or adrenal axis. ...Read more

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What symptoms are associated with pituitary tumors?

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

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Does having a pituitary tumor shorten your lifespan?

Pituitary tumor: It really depends on the type of tumor, its surgical removal or treatment by therapy. Some of these tumors are benign and with treatment can lead to a normal lifespan - it is all based on the tumor type and the available treatment. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a pituitary tumor?

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Pituitary tumor: Headache, Loss of peripheral vision, Nausea, Vomiting, Weakness, Loss of body hair, Irregular menses, Sexual dysfunction, Frequent urination, Weight changes, & symptoms related to changes in hormones. ...Read more

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I have 2 benign pituitary tumors, are they dangerous?

I have 2 benign pituitary tumors, are they dangerous?

Many factors: Mris are very sensitive at picking up the most tiny of pituitary lesions. They sometimes see very small, insignificant "tumors" in the pituitary that are not secreting hormones and will not cause problems. On the other hand, larger, secretory tumors may be of more concern. Discuss this with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Why is early diagnosis of pituitary tumors such a problem?

Few symptoms.: Pituitary tumors are slow-growing and tend not to cause any acute symptoms, allowing them to grow to a relatively large size prior to their discovery. Furthermore, most do not cause hormonal problems, and the usual symptoms they cause (vision change, sometimes headache) are nonspecific and may be caused by a number of other conditions. ...Read more

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I have pituitary tumor. I am really scare. It is dangerous, doctors?

I have pituitary tumor. I am really scare. It is dangerous, doctors?

Mostly not dangerous: The vast majority of pituitary tumors are benign. They are treated based on size and type. Smaller (<1 cm) tumors that do not overproduce hormones (related to thyroid, adrenal, reproductive, growth, prolactin) can be observed over time. Larger tumors that cause headaches, vision changes will need surgery. Tumors that produce too much hormones will also need therapy. Find an experienced specialist! ...Read more

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Are pituitary tumors deadly?

Usually not: Pituitary tumors are almost always benign, and most are amenable to surgical excision. Residual tumor is often treated with radiation therapy. Growth of some tumors may be stopped with oral medication. Regardless, some tumors tend to grow, albeit very slowly in general. Revision surgery is sometimes required, and one key to treatment is good surveillance for further growth with periodic mris. ...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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Can a pituitary tumor affect a person's period?

Yes: Some of the 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

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What are signs and symptoms of pituitary tumors?

What are signs and symptoms of pituitary tumors?

Depends: Hi. Pituitary tumors are generally benign tumors that produce signs and symptoms by either mass effect and/or hormone production. Mass effect can cause headache, difficulty seeing peripheral visual fields, or destruction of adjacent normal pituitary tissue. Tumors that produce hormones cause classic syndromes. Your endocrinologist will do a diagnostic evaluation and recommend treatment if indicated ...Read more

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Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more