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My 14 yr old son had an MRI for pulsitile tinitus for the ent. He mentioned his pituitary gland was enlarged. He has lots of other weird symptoms.?

My 14 yr old son had an MRI for pulsitile tinitus for the ent. He mentioned his pituitary gland was enlarged. He has lots of other weird symptoms.?

Second opinion: A pediatric neuroradiologist should take a look at the mri. If images of the pituitary weren't specifically ordered, then this becomes a less sensitive test because the "cuts" through the pituirary images are too big to get a good look. Also, teenage pituitaries are supposed to be larger than those of adults because of all the activity going on there relative to puberty and growth. ...Read more

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Pituitary Gland (Definition)

The pituitary is the source of several hormonal stimulation pathways, such as acth to stimulate the adrenal gland, TSH for the thyroid, but the posterior aspect deals with fluid and ...Read more


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What does an enlarged pituitary gland mean?

What does an enlarged pituitary gland mean?

Pituitary "enlarged": You need a ct or MRI to see the pituitary. The pituitary normally enlarges during pregnancy and puberty. Hypothyroidism (high tsh) can make it enlarged. Bad stuff: tumors in the pituitary can develop, and they sometime secrete excess hormones, giving rise to many different disorders. Aneurisms, cysts, other things can happen, but all these are readily seen on mri. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about my enlarged pituitary gland?

Should I be concerned about my enlarged pituitary gland?

See your doctor: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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What to do if I have problems with an enlarged pituitary gland?

What to do if I have problems with an enlarged pituitary gland?

Enlarged pituitary: You should see an endocrinologist to determine what is meant by "enlarged pituitary". Is it secreting hormones properly? Is there a tumor/adenoma? There are normal physiologic reasons why it can be "big". An incidental finding on CT or MRI may not be meaningful. ...Read more

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What should you do for enlarged pituitary gland when there are no tumors?

What should you do for enlarged pituitary gland when there are no tumors?

Maybe nothing: There are physiologic reasons why the pituitary may swell, such as pregnancy, hypothyroidism, adolescence. The questions I would ask: is there any hormone disorder? Is there any other abnormality noted on the mri? Was this a "pituitary mri"? Did the radiologist misinterpret this? Many questions. See an endocrinologist, certainly before anything invasive is done. ...Read more

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Can your pituitary gland be enlarged on its own or is it always caused by some sort of tumor?

Can your pituitary gland be enlarged on its own or is it always caused by some sort of tumor?

Pituitary: Can also enlarge on it's own -- the most common situation is pregnancy. Any other enlargement of the pituitary should be fully evaluated. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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What does the pituitary gland normally do, and what are the usual symptoms of pituitary cancer?

What does the pituitary gland normally do, and what are the usual symptoms of pituitary cancer?

Many: Simplistically, the pituitary produces 6 hormones (fsh, lh, gh, tsh, acth, prolactin) which control hormone secretions from your thyroid, testicles or ovaries, adrenal, breast milk. A sign of a large pituitary tumor is loss of peripheral (sideway) vision, that is, when you look straight ahead, you cannot see what on your sides. Pituitary tumors are not cancerous, they are benign. ...Read more

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My sister had been diagnosed with enlargement if the pituitary gland and not cancerous. What does this meab? Is it dangerous?

Pituitary: There are many normal physiologic conditions that enlarge the pituitary. Pregnancy, lactation, hypothyroidism. Presumably your sister had a ct or mri. Did it show a tumor? Just enlargement? It would be important to have measurements of pituitary hormones to determine what the MRI means. Prolactin, tsh, ft4. Is she menstruating? Normal menses suggest normal pituitary. ...Read more

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Vision going blurry is a pituitary gland tumour symptom which I have but when put my glasses on everything is clear again is this because of the tumor?

Vision going blurry is a pituitary gland tumour symptom which I have but when put my glasses on everything is clear again is this because of the tumor?

Likely not: Your description matches a refractive error or standard type of glasses prescription need. Examples: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and/or astigmatism. Pituitary related deficits do not clear with the application of glasses & are generally a type of bitemporal visual field defects (decreased vision out to both sides). Have these vision defects evaluated by your eye MD. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! What do you do for enlarged pituitary gland when there are no tumors?

Need doctor's help! What do you do for enlarged pituitary gland when there are no tumors?

Your doctor can help: Since you seem to have ruled out any tumors in the pituitary gland, you must have taken help from your doctor. Did you not ask him/her to explain? Unless you have some hormonal imbalance, I would not be concerned about your pituitary size or suspected enlargement. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if the doctor finds that the bone around your pituitary gland is enlarged?

What exactly does it mean if the doctor finds that the bone around your pituitary gland is enlarged?

Several: It may mean you have a pituitary tumor, or a disorder known as empty sella syndrome -- but those questions are best answered by your doctor who has seen both you and the x=rays. ...Read more

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I have a Pituitary gland tumour that is 7mm is that large? It is benign, is this life threatening only symptom I have had is no period

Microadenoma: Hi. A pituitary tumor up 10 mm in diameter is a microadenoma (a macro adenoma if diameter is 11 mm or greater). It sounds as if it is a functioning tumor (secretes a hormone), since your periods have stopped. The most likely would be a prolactinoma (an adenoma that secretes prolactin). They are NOT like threatening. ACTH-secreting adenomas also halt periods. Your doc will discuss treatment options ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of Cushing's Disease, but my MRI shows a small pituitary gland. If my pituitary gland is small, why do I have a buffalo hump?

I have all the symptoms of Cushing's Disease, but my MRI shows a small pituitary gland. If my pituitary gland is small, why do I have a buffalo hump?

Look like Cushing's: Cushing's is diagnosed by demonstrating inappropriately elevated cortisol with blood, urine and saliva tests. Although pituitary tumors are the most common cause, adrenal and other tumors can do this. However, many people look like they have Cushing's but don't; Many people with metabolic syndrome have a cushingoid appearance. See your Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Would doctors remove a 5mm non secreting adenoma on pituitary gland if it is causing symptoms such as anxiety and chronic pain with no relief w meds?

Would doctors remove a 5mm non secreting adenoma on pituitary gland if it is causing symptoms such as anxiety and chronic pain with no relief w meds?

Please forgive me: Your pituitary adenoma isn't the cause of your anxiety or chronic pain. Fixate on it, and you'll never find or address the real causes. Lots of people have these little things. As a young man, I was in a series of difficult living situations that affected how I felt without there being any organic pathology; with a doctor's 20/20 hindsight I recovered thanks to escaping and learning new skills. ...Read more

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Can a pituitary gland problem be misdiagnosed with a low thyroid problem and what are the symptoms need answers asap thank you?

Can a pituitary gland problem be misdiagnosed with a low thyroid problem and what are the symptoms need answers asap thank you?

Hormones: Yes, it is possible to have a problem with the pituitary gland mimick the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue, weight gain, lethargy, constipation. There are several blood tests that assess the function of the pituitary gland and the hormones that are secreted. Your physician can go over them in detail. ...Read more

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8.5 yrs daughter with bone age of 11.5 yrs. Mri: diffused enlargement of pituitary gland 10.5x7.3x7.8mm with no focal lesion. How abnormal is the size

8.5 yrs daughter with bone age of 11.5 yrs. Mri: diffused enlargement of pituitary gland 10.5x7.3x7.8mm with no focal lesion. How abnormal is the size

A bit tricky: The pituitary grows during childhood and peaks in the 2nd or 3rd decade. Most studies measuring pituitary size on MRI focused only on the height of the pituitary gland and find that the mean peak height is usually about 6 mm +/- 1 mm. More recent studies measure the actual volume of the pituitary with special 3d mri. The mean volume for 5-9 yo girl in one study was 336+/-113 mm3. ...Read more

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Here's an MRI album of my pituitary gland. Https://imageshack. Com/a/Ghiz/1 I need a neurosurgeon to inspect these for a tumor & say which pic & where. I also have symptoms of Cushing's Disease.

Here's an MRI album of my pituitary gland. Https://imageshack. Com/a/Ghiz/1 I need a neurosurgeon to inspect these for a tumor & say which pic & where. I also have symptoms of Cushing's Disease.

Well....: I am an ENDOCRINOLOGIST, and you do have a pituitary Macro-Adenoma. The quality of your films on-line is not optimal.
This is not a simple entity. You should be taken care of at a medical center with a great neurosurgeon, or at least a well trained endocrinologist. You need a series or laboratory tests... SOON!! ...Read more

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My pituitary gland is bulky can it cause nasal congestion? What other symptoms should I be worried about? I get headaches a lot too

My pituitary gland is bulky can it cause nasal congestion? What other symptoms should I be worried about? I get headaches a lot too

Pituitary Gland: The gland is not in close proximity to the nasopharyngeal region to cause congestion. Symptoms of pituitary dysfunction due to size can be visual problems and headaches as well as possible endocrine problems, if you have concerns, take it over with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why don't I have a period I have high levels on a blood test for my pituitary gland resulting possibly in no periods for the last 4 months and a rating of 5 for vitamin d among other symptoms.

Why don't I have a period I have high levels on a blood test for my pituitary gland resulting possibly in no periods for the last 4 months and a rating of 5 for vitamin d among other symptoms.

The: The menstrual cycle is controlled by hormones and cycles of secretion in the hypothalamic - pituitary - gonadal axis. Many possible imbalances in these interactions can result in changing or stopping the menstrual cycle. Endocrinologists specialize in diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. ...Read more

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What does a small pituitary gland mean?

What does a small pituitary gland mean?

Probably nothing: Size doesn't matter. What matters is the function of the gland. Who told you it was "small"? Presumably a ct or MRI for some other reason? Check with your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Can you live without the pituitary gland?

Hormone replacement: Yes, but you will need to be on hormone replacement. The two most critical hormones are cortisol (adrenal) and thyroid. Testosterone or estrogen may need replacement. If the posterior pituitary is removed, DDAVP (desmopressin) will need to be given to regulate water balance. Discuss with an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can you live without the pituitary gland?

Can you live without the pituitary gland?

Only if: You receive replacement hormones for those organs controlled by the pituitary, such as thyroid, adrenal, ovaries or testicles, etc. ...Read more