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Does having a pituitary tumor shorten your lifespan?

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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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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What is a pituitary tumor?

What is a pituitary tumor?

A growth: A pituitary tumor is simply a growth on the pituitary. It's not cancerous but it could cause problems by increasing or decreasing pituitary hormone secretion. It can also cause visual problems if it's big enough. ...Read more

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What medicine helps a pituitary tumor?

What medicine helps a pituitary tumor?

Depends: It matters what the pituitary tumor produces. Often, bromocritpine is used for prolactinomas. Discuss with a good endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a pituitary tumor?

What are the symptoms of a pituitary tumor?

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

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What causes pituitary tumors?

What causes pituitary tumors?

Unknown.: There are malignant and non-malignant pituitary tumors, some that produce hormones, some that don't. Some cause problems because of their size and relationship to the optic chiasm and can cause visual problems and headaches. Causes of pituitary tumors are unknown. ...Read more

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How are pituitary tumors tested?

Labs: Blood testings can determine if the tumor is increasing or decreasing hormones production/secretion. ...Read more

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How do we treat pituitary tumors?

It depends.: Often a first step is tumor removal (and obtaining a biopsy specimen), now frequently performed as an endoscopic surgery through the sinuses, usually done by both an ENT surgeon and a neurosurgeon. Tumors which make pituitary hormones may shrink or stabilize with oral medication. Large or aggressive tumors may require targeted radiation therapy, e.g. Cyber knife, after (or instead of) surgery. ...Read more

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Are all pituitary tumors the same?

Are all pituitary tumors the same?

Tough question: Tumors of the pituitary vary almost as much as the type of people who ask questions to health tap. Think of the pituitary as an attachment of the brain that receives information and sends messages in the form of hormones throughout the body. Abnormal growths can occur within and around this gland as well as excessive growth due to too much or too little information and hormone in and output. ...Read more

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How do the pituitary tumors occur?

How do the pituitary tumors occur?

Don't know: Most pituitary tumors occur spontaneously without any underlying known cause. ...Read more

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Why are pituitary tumors so common?

1 in 5: Almost 20% may have pituitary tumors but most will remain undetected as they do not cause any symptoms. Those that grow large enough to cause symptoms due to size or secrete enough of one of many hormones that the pituitary normally secretes may need to be treated with medicines or surgery. Prognosis is generally good. Visit: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001723/. ...Read more

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How are pituitary tumors diagnosed?

MRI, blood tests: The most accurate way to diagnose a pituitary tumor is by mri. Some pituitary tumors secrete hormones. Blood levels of these hormones may be checked to help diagnose a pituitary tumor as well. A tumor may be suspected if one's visual field is restricted (loss of peripheral vision). ...Read more

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How do you diagnose pituitary tumors?

MRI and labs: Blood tests can confirm if the tumor is actively producing extra hormones but MRI of the pituitary is the main study to visualize the actual tumor. ...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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How serious is it to have pituitary tumors?

How serious is it to have pituitary tumors?

Varies: Pituitary tumors can be large and compress the visual nerves. It is common for larger tumors to bleed. Tumors can release high levels of hormones, which would affect normal hormonal balance. If you have a tumor, you should see a neurosurgeon, who will have input from endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, etc., to help work up the tumor and decide the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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How prevalent are pituitary tumors/diseases?

1 in 5: Almost 20% may have pituitary tumors but most will remain undetected as they do not cause any symptoms. Those that grow large enough to cause symptoms due to size or secrete enough of one of many hormones that the pituitary normally secretes may need to be treated with medicines or surgery. Prognosis is generally good. Visit: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001723/. ...Read more

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How many types of pituitary tumors are there?

2 groups: The are essentially 2 groups of pituitary tumors, both of which are benign. Functioning pit tumors oversecrete one hormone such as acth (cortisol), growth hormone, or prolactin are the common ones. The majority of pit tumors are non-functioning and don't secrete any hormones but cause symptoms because of their size. Your endocrinologist can disting them. ...Read more

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Why are pituitary tumors so hard to diagnose?

It depends: Fortunately, in the era of modern medicine, diagnosis is typically not all that difficult. Mri is generally quite reliable in diagnosing pituitary tumors. Otherwise, eye exam (visual field testing) and blood hormone tests are important in diagnosing pituitary tumors. Prior to the age of accurate intracranial imaging, these tumors were indeed more difficult to diagnose. ...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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