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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

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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Is cortef (hydrocortisone) a medicine used after a pituitary tumor removal to replace your missing hormones?

Is cortef (hydrocortisone) a medicine used after a pituitary tumor removal to replace your missing hormones?

Sometimes: If a patient has surgery to remove a brain tumor which affects the pituitary gland, then yes, Cortef (hydrocortisone) may be necessary when acth secretion is inadequate to keep the patient's cortisol level in an acceptable range. ...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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Can a pituitary tumor reoccur?

Can a pituitary tumor reoccur?

Yes: It can recur within a few years. That is why it needs to be followed every year with a MRI after surgery. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a pituitary tumor?

It can be dangerous!: If you have a pituitary tumor you need to make sure you follow up with your physician as directed. Unmonitored and untreated, it can cause a lot of problems. ...Read more

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Can a pituitary tumor affect speech?

Can a pituitary tumor 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 do you diagnose a pituitary tumor?

How do you diagnose a pituitary tumor?

MRI: An MRI of the brain is the best way to see and diagnose a pituitary tumor. Most pituitary tumors are benign (not cancerous). ...Read more

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Can a pituitary tumor alter your memory?

Can a pituitary tumor alter your memory?

Possibly.: Memory is a complex function of the brain that is dependent on many different areas. If a pituitary tumor is sufficiently large or spreads to other areas of the brain, then it is conceivable that memory would be affected. However, other symptoms, such as disruptions in hormone levels/functions and changes in vision, are far more likely. ...Read more

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What damage can a pituitary tumor cause?

What damage can a pituitary tumor cause?

Many: It can do nothing and just sit there for the rest of your life, or it can overproduce or shut down pituitary hormone secretion/production. If it's big enough, it can cause visual problems (loss of peripheral vision). ...Read more

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Does a pituitary tumor affect your memory?

Uncommon but possibl: Uncommon but possible. Depends upon the size and location of the tumor. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a pituitary tumor?

MRI: Pituitary tumors often cause changes in vision. They can also secrete certain hormones which can cause various symptoms. If there is significant concern, an MRI can diagnose a pituitary tumor. ...Read more

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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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Is Acromelagy always due a pituitary tumor?

No: Diagnosing acromegaly involves 2 blood tests that measure level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and oral glucose tolerance t\ (OGTT). Difficult to test level of growth hormone (GH) in acromegaly. Scan of head performed to confirm presence an adenoma in pituitary gland. If no tumor detected, a CT scan of abdomen and pelvis looks for tumors of adrenal, pancreas or pvary producing GH ...Read more

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Could a pituitary tumor affect your memory?

Could a pituitary tumor affect your memory?

Possibly: It's usually not the first symptom, but if the tumor becomes large it may press on parts of the brain and cause problems with memory. Other symptoms caused by the size of the tumor include headache, dizziness, numbness, and vision changes. ...Read more

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Can a pituitary tumor be cured if found early?

Can a pituitary tumor be cured if found early?

Yes: Some simply require monitoring. So you need to ask your doctor about this. ...Read more

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What is the process of pituitary tumor removal?

What is the process of pituitary tumor removal?

Trans-sphenoidal: If possible, the preferred method of pituitary tumor removal is transsphenoidal- through the nose or through the space just under the upper lip. After entering that area, you then enter the pituitary region through the sphenoid sinus and can remove the tumor from around the pituitary gland. ...Read more

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Can I have some tips needed about pituitary tumor?

Pituitary tumor: The pituitary is a gland at the base of the brain and responsible for a number of hormones involved in growth, fluid control, male and female development among other things. The most common tumor is an adenoma secreting prolactin which can lead to period irregularity, breast discharge, headaches, etc. An evaluation with a endocrinologist might be helpful if someone you know has been diagnosed. ...Read more

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What happens when you leave a pituitary tumor untreated?

Most tumors grow.: Even benign pituitary tumors may grow, albeit slowly. Observation may be appropriate for older or very ill patients, but treatment is important to establish a diagnosis, and smaller tumors are easier to remove without complications. Most of us collect medical problems, making surgery safer now than later in life. Untreated tumors may cause vision problems, headache, and hormone abnormalities. ...Read more

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What happens after a pituitary tumor is treated/removed?

Hormone imbalance: The pituitary is a gland that controls many of the hormones of the body. There can be serious imbalance of many of the body functions if the pituitary is damaged or removed. Hormone replacement therapy is necessary, and careful monitoring of hormone levels is necessary. However, this has now become routine and easy to monitor. A good endocrine specialist can easily develop a plan of management. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your pituitary tumor is really gone?

MRI and hormones: An MRI is important to follow the size and recurrence of a pituitary tumor. However, for some pituitary tumors, a cure is often defined by the levels of hormones in your blood stream. It is possible that a pituitary tumor is too small to be seen on mri. ...Read more

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What are the major presenting symptoms of pituitary tumor?

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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Can you give me some suggestions needed about pituitary tumor?

Can you give me some suggestions needed about pituitary tumor?

Pituitary tumor: There are a number of treatments that are available for a pituitary tumor. First you need a consultation with an endocrinologist to determine the type as some can be treated medically, if not then a consultation with a neurosurgeon and a neurologist would be recommended. ...Read more

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How big is pituitary tumor that is classified as a macroadenoma?

Over 1 cm: A macroadenoma is a tumor that is bigger than 1 CM (10mm). ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with a pituitary tumor, what should I expect now?

Symptoms?: Many pituitary tumors need no immediate treatment. Usually when found, a hormone workup will be done and an endocrinology consult called as appropriate. Also, an opthalmological exam may be helpful to detect any small field cuts. Your neurosurgeon will orchestrate this. ...Read more

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What symptoms would U normally have w/ pituitary tumor besides added height (over 35)? Can tumor go unnoticed for decade or would there be some signs?

What symptoms would U normally have w/ pituitary tumor besides added height (over 35)? Can tumor go unnoticed for decade or would there be some signs?

You won't: Have a significant height increase with a growth hormone secreting pituitary tumor in adulthood because the bone growth plates are closed. Acromegaly is the clinical syndrome. There are other types of hormone secreting pituitary tumors that have various symptoms related to the hormones involved. Some don't affect hormones, but can cause symptoms due to their size or propensity to hemorrhage. ...Read more

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How do we treat pituitary tumors?

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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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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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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Could my pituitary tumor have made me stop menstruating?

Could my pituitary tumor have made me stop menstruating?

Yes: There is a tumor of the pituitary gland called a prolactinoma which can cause people to stop having periods. It is important to have this evaluated by a physician. It can be treated with a medication called bromocriptine. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have babies if you have a pituitary tumor?

Is it possible for you to have babies if you have a pituitary tumor?

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

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What are the complications involving pituitary tumors? Any help would be greatly appreciated?

More information???: Hi. More information would be helpful. Pituitary tumors can cause problems by: overproduction of a pituitary hormone, harming normal pituitary hormone production (e.g., compressing normal pituitary tissue and/or pituitary stalk), mass effect, visual field disturbances (by compressing the optic chiasm), headache, hemorrhage, etc. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of pituitary tumors?

What are signs and symptoms of pituitary tumors?

Depends: Hi. Pituitary tumors are generally benign tumors that produce signs and symptoms by either mass effect and/or hormone production. Mass effect can cause headache, difficulty seeing peripheral visual fields, or destruction of adjacent normal pituitary tissue. Tumors that produce hormones cause classic syndromes. Your endocrinologist will do a diagnostic evaluation and recommend treatment if indicated ...Read more

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What thyroid levels are reflective of pituitary tumor?

What thyroid levels are reflective of pituitary tumor?

Pituitary Tumor: The diagnosis of a pituitary tumor is more complex than thyroid levels. I encourage you to talk to a person specializing in endocrine function. To answer the question: thyroid levels can be high with a tumor secreting thyroid stimulating hormone (tsh), normal with a smaller (~1-3cm) nontsh secreting tumor, or usually low with a larger (>2.5cm) nontsh secreting tumor. ...Read more

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Are all pituitary tumors considered to be neuroendocrine in nature, and are craniopharyngiomas?

I would say not: Hi. No, I would say pituitary tumors aren't neuroendocrine (NE) tumors (nor are craniopharyngeomas). Generally the term "neuroendocrine" refers to nerve cells that secrete hormones. Examples would be hypothalamic neurons regulating the anterior pituitary, cells of the posterior pituitary, the adrenal medulla. A classic NE tumor is a carcinoid tumor; there are many examples, but not pit. Adenomas. ...Read more

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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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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