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Is it more likely for a pituitary tumor and an adrenal tumor to develop together?

Is it more likely for a pituitary tumor and an adrenal tumor to develop together?

Can be.: Adrenal tumors and pituitary tumors can develop as part of a syndrome called multiple endocrine neoplasia (men) 1, which is caused by a mutation in a specific gene and is very rare. However, tumors in the parathyroid glands and pancreas, in addition to pituitary tumors, are most common, although a number of other organs may be affected. Thus, many symptoms are likely to be present. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Orr
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Adrenal Tumor (Definition)

The adrenal gland has a medullary center producing adrenaline like products and a cortex producing cortisone. Majority of lesions are asymptomatic represented by small adenomas that usually can be left behind. Cortical lesions can present as large pheochromocytomas that may be functional with severe hypertenision. Cortical tumors may ...Read more


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Are a pituitary and adrenal tumor related?

Are a pituitary and adrenal tumor related?

Sometimes: Cushing disease occurs when the pituitary gland produces a substance that causes both adrenal glands to secrete too much cortisol. This excess cortisol leads to a series of problems that may include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, fatigue, porr wound healing, and others. Treatment is usually directed at the pituitary tumor. ...Read more

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Is adrenal insufficiency after pituitary tumor removal permanent? How long before most usually gain pituitary function for acth back?

Is adrenal insufficiency after pituitary tumor removal permanent?  How long before most usually gain pituitary function for acth back?

Sometimes: It is really quite variable when the pituitary function restarts after the operation. It often depends on how much was removed. Unfortunately, sometimes it is permanent. Check with your neurosurgeon for more details. ...Read more

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What can I do if my MRI showed a pituitary tumor; am i likely to have cushing's disease?

What can I do if my MRI showed a pituitary tumor; am i likely to have cushing's disease?

It depends: If the tumor produces an excess of acth which is a hormone you may develop all or part of cushing's syndrome. If the tumor is not producing hormones you may not. There are simple blood tests which will help to answer your question. See an endocrinologist or a neurologist for appropriate work up and treatment options. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my MRI showed a pituitary tumor; am I likely to have cushing's disease?

What do you suggest if my MRI showed a pituitary tumor; am I likely to have cushing's disease?

Maybe.: Speak to your endocrinologist or neurosurgeon to answer this question. They will need to do a physical exam and check your hormone levels. ...Read more

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If you have a pituitary tumor and high gastrin levels but an octreoscan came back negative, what is likely wrong?

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

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How likely is it 2light periods being caused by pituitary tumor? No symptoms- visual field test NML &vision 20/20- CMP, CBC- NML, been very stressed

Very unlikely: I'm not an endocrinologist, but I can tell you that pituitary tumors are very rare. Without symptoms (& your visual fields are normal, no lab abnormalities, I presume without daily persistent headaches), I would put your odds even lower for macroadenoma (large tumor). Small tumors that release hormones should cause other symptoms like diabetes, blood pressure, &c. At your age, I wouldn't worry. ...Read more

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When is it reasonable to demand the removal of an adrenal tumor?

Activity, Size: Any adrenal tumor that is producing excessive amounts of adrenal hormones requires treatment; this can be determined by a battery of blood and urine tests. If the tumor is "non-functioning" (as most are), removal is dependent upon size: those under 4cm can be watched; those over 6cm should be removed; for those "in the middle", it depends upon what it looks like by ct or MRI criteria. ...Read more

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For those who have suffered from an adrenal tumor, can you explain the symptoms?

Need more info: The adrenal gland makes lots of different hormones. If a patient has a functioning adrenal tumor, symptoms depend on the type of hormone the tumor makes. Certain cancers metastasize to adrenals and do not make hormones. More information on the tumor you're referring to will be helpful. Thanks. ...Read more

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I have an adrenal tumor on my right side, but i'm having pain in my side and back. Is this normal?

I have an adrenal tumor on my right side, but i'm having pain in my side and back. Is this normal?

Yes.: The adrenal glands are situated atop the kidneys, which are positioned against the back body wall on either side. One common symptom of adrenal tumors is flank pain, but they can also cause many other symptoms affecting multiple body systems because the adrenal glands play many roles in the regulation of important biological processes. If the pain worsens, changes, or moves, see your doctor. ...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