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Can You Get Pregnant If You Have A Pituitary Tumor
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Yes: Pituitary tumors often disrupt hormones and make it difficult to get pregnant. During pregnancy the pituitary gland can enhance on brain scan and look like a tumor. A minor tumor that already is present may get activated during pregnancy. A thorough medical evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more
Endocrine evaluation: This can be a difficult situation if the abnormal hormone levels or the medications (bromocriptine) are interfering with the hormones which regulate menstrual cycles. You should see an endocrinologist or fertility specialist for a full evaluation. If the tumor is small, some advocate surgical removal to restore normal hormone levels and improve chances of achieving a successful pregnancy. ...Read more
Yes: Prolactin the hormone that allows breastfeeding. In excess, it inhibits ovulation. A small tumor in the pituitary gland at the base of the brain produces an excess of the hormone. Medication like Parlodel (bromocriptine) can bring the level of this hormone to normal and ovulation should resume. Consult an endocrinologist. ...Read more
If you had an intradural, extramedullary tumor at L4 of uncertain type and a pituitary tumor that has caused years of diagnostic confusion and multiple conflicting opinions, would you get biopsies?
Yes I would: Getting a biopsy done on this spinal tumor (or aim for complete excision, is possible) could help define the nature/type of this tumor and hence may also help in providing a reliable medical therapy in the future. ...Read more
212 IGF-1 (191);repeat 218; no SX acromegaly but recently diagnosed with cardiomyopathy; coincidental or should I get MRI to rule out pituitary tumor?
NO PITUITARY MRI!: Hi. Those IGF-1's would be normal for a 55 yo woman. Cardiomyopathy has a million and one causes, and acromegaly is WAY DOWN the list of likely causes. Pituitary is classic for "incidentalomas" - masses found incidentally, most of which have no bearing on disease. So you have NO biochemical evidence of acromegaly. Whatcha gonna do if a pituitary tumor IS found? Send a surgeon in??? I hope not! ...Read more
Depends on type: Pituitary tumors can be small (micro adenoma) or large (macro adenoma). They can produce dysfunction of the pituitary gland from direct compression, or by secreting different types of hormones. These hormones can potentially interfere with normal hormone release that would adversely affect fertility. It is possible to get pregnant if you have a tumor, if normal pituitary function is restored. ...Read more
If you have a pituitary tumor and high gastrin levels but an octreoscan came back negative, what is likely wrong?
There is a condition: Called men (multiple endocrine neoplasia) that can be associated with pituitary tumors, gastrin producing tumors (and other tumors of the pancreas) and parathyroid tumors. It is caused by a certain gene mutation. Things to consider-1. If you are on a proton pump inhibitor, that can raise your gastrin level. 2. Octreotide scans are not the most sensitive imaging technique, and may miss some tumors. ...Read more
How do you know if you will have a pituitary tumor or some issue with it where you end up growing VERY tall? It is one of my fears.
Pituitary giant?: Hi. A growth hormone secreting pituitary tumor before/during puberty will cause growth of long bones and produce pituitary gigantism (as opposed to acromegaly after bone growth plate fusion). You don't state your age in your profile. Maybe you have pituitary gigantism. But maybe you just have an odd, irrational fear. See your doctor. Pituitary gigantism does not take a rocket scientist to diagnose ...Read more
See endocrinologist: Pituitary tumors. Can sometimes interfere with the ability to become pregnant due to the secretion of hormones that interfere with pregnancy. Discuss with your endocrinologist if and how your tumor may be affecting your fertility. For women who are on medication to manage a secreting pituitary adenoma their endocrinologist can also help them understand how pregnancy may effect their tumor. ...Read more
My morning cortisol was 40 (6-19.4).I do have a pituitary tumor, but my dexmethasone and 4 pm serum tests were normal. Can this rule out Cushings?
Not by itself:
It depends on the assay used and what symptoms you have. We wouldn't diagnose a hypercortisol state based on a lab value alone.
If you have sign of cushing's and your early morning cortisol levels are elevated it could be Cushing's. ...Read more
Depends on tumor: A lot depends on the size location and function of the tumor. A pituitary tumor may cause headaches, visual disturbances, and if it secretes a hormone, it can cause syndromes related to that. Neck/shoulder pain and weight loss are not common for a pit tumor, unless the tumor actually came from somewhere else, or is caused by some other illness. Get this checked out with your endocrinologist. ...Read more
I have a pituitary tumor, I was prescribed tramadol 50mg and it isn't helping. Is it safe to take Excedrin to help with the pain?
Does having addison disease means a shorter life span? My endocrinologist suspects I have it because I have a pituitary tumor. Thanks.
Addison's disease: Addison's disease is adrenal insufficiency due to adrenal disease and not due to pitutary disease and in the latter there is no trouble handling salt balance your son is unlikely to have a pitutary tumour and addison's together there are some adrenal rumors associated with pitutary tumor but different type. ...Read more
I am going for a MRI head scan as I'm suspected to have a pituitary tumor. Will they test for all brain abnormalities or only this?
The MRI head scan should cover everything, unless your provider asked specifically not to.
Sometimes the MRI focuses on the pituitary region only, but many times a full brain screening exam is done with the pituitary scan, so if there is anything else happening, this test will probably help. ...Read more
I've had 5 bouts of bells palsy since 15 yr old. 08/2012 being the last. Could I have a pituitary tumor? I'm being treated for hypothyroidism
Have a pituitary tumor. I refused a synacthen test because I had my brain anurysim coiled 3 months ago. I read this injection can cause veins to burst.
Is it possible to have a pituitary tumor if your white blood cell count & prolactin is normal if you're not pregnant yet experiencing every symptom?
I have a pituitary tumor & egd w/ chronic gastritis & multiple ulcers. Mom has zollinger Ellison sis had adrenal tumor. Could I have a pancreas tumor?
Yes: Sounds like the family has Multiple Endocrine adenomas and you could also. So push for testing. Good luck! ...Read more
"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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