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Is it uncommon for a pregnant woman to get pituitary tumors?

Is it uncommon for a pregnant woman to get pituitary tumors?

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

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


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Can I get preganant if I have a pituitary tumor anf my breast is producing milk from it ?

Maybe: You should discuss this with your endocrinologist/ob/gyne before getting pregnant. There are risks to consider, especially that higher estrogen levels during pregnancy may cause further growth of prolactinoma which may affect vision, etc. ...Read more

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Would a pituitary tumor cause hormonal harm to a woman's body where she ends up needing a hysterectomy?

Would a pituitary tumor cause hormonal harm to a woman's body where she ends up needing a hysterectomy?

No, and yes: Pituitary tumors ordinarily won't interfere with a hysterectomy, unless dangerously large and need to be addressed first. So no, it won't cause harm with reference to the hysterectomy. However pituitary tumors can cause significant problems with vision, headaches, abnormal hormone levels, etc. This is a serious but separate problem. Seek consults from neurosurgery and endocrinology. ...Read more

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How common is elevated prolactin caused by hormone imbalance when there is no pituitary tumor as cause for a woman not pregnant?

How common is elevated prolactin caused by hormone
imbalance when there is no pituitary tumor as cause for
a woman not pregnant?

Most often due to rx: The most frequent cause of elevated prolactin not due to a pituitary problem is ingestion of medication -- most commonly medication given for depression, anxiety, psychiatric illness, etc. Check with your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant if you have a pituitary tumor?

Can you get pregnant if you have a pituitary tumor?

Pituitary Tumor: Read this: http://voices.Yahoo.Com/managing-pituitary-tumor-during-pregnancy-6517670.Html. It is not clear whether you are pregnant, considering getting pregnant, or the specifics of your tumor. Regardless, your treating doctor can sort through your options. ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant after having a pituitary tumor?

Can you get pregnant after having a pituitary tumor?

Pituitary tumor: Getting pregnant is determined by what damage or lack of damage the tumor has done to the gland. An endocrinologist can do the necessary workup to answer the question. ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant after having and treating a pituitary tumor?

Can you get pregnant after having and treating a pituitary tumor?

Yes: It all depends on the tumorand the treatment. Please see an endocrinologist /fertility expert for more details. ...Read more

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With a prolactin pituitary tumor, how does one get pregnant?

With a prolactin pituitary tumor, how does one get pregnant?

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

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Can someone with a prolactin pituitary tumor still get pregnant?

Can someone with a prolactin pituitary tumor still get pregnant?

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

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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?

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

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Dr. John Chastain
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Pituitary Disorders (Definition)

Pituitary disorders are a group of conditions that affect the pituitary gland, which is responsible for making many important hormones that tell other glands in the body to produce hormones such as thyroid hormone, growth ...Read more