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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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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 are gonadotropin secreting pituitary tumors?

What are gonadotropin secreting pituitary tumors?

Pituitary tumors: These are very rare, and secrete high levels of fsh or lh. These hormones stimulate the gonad, so will cause elevated estrogen in a woman, and elevated testosterone in a man. ...Read more

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Is pituitary tumor surgery risky?

Is pituitary tumor surgery risky?

Yes: Yes. This gland sits in a bony bowl behind and between the eye balls. Find a specialized center and a neurosurgeon that treats these commonly. ...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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Do functioning and non functioning adrenal tumours produce the same symptoms?

No: By definition, functioning adrenal tumors secrete hormones which have distant effects. For example a cortisol-secreting adrenal tumor would cause hypertension, stretch marks, and increased blood sugar. ...Read more

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Is a pituitary tumor a brain tumor?

Is a pituitary tumor a brain tumor?

Not quite: A pituitary tumor arises from the pituitary gland which is underneath the brain. These may be quite large and cause compression of the brain or the cranial nerves. This would be considered a "brain tumor" in general language. Pituitary tumors should be classified in a category of their own from a technical standpoint. ...Read more

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Can a adrenal adenoma stop functioning?

Can a adrenal adenoma stop functioning?

No: An adrenal adenoma is a benign tumor of the adrenal gland. It typically causes no complications. Someimes these tumors become "active" or "functioning" producing hormones, often in excess of what the adrenal glands typically produce. This excess of hormones can cause primary aldosteronism, Cushing's syndrome and other medical conditions. They do not stop hormone production.once functional. ...Read more

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Does pituitary gland adenoma affect patients mentally?

Does pituitary gland adenoma affect patients mentally?

Could: ACTH producing pituitary adenoma may cause psychiatric symptoms due to elevation of steroids. A large adenoma may impinge on brain structure and cause mental symptoms. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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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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Which is better: transsphenoidal surgery or craniotomy for pituitary macroadenoma?

Which is better: transsphenoidal surgery or craniotomy for pituitary macroadenoma?

Depends: Transsphenoidal approach has been standard for years as it avoids brain retraction and optic nerve manipulation. In larger tumors with more of a suprasellar location (think in the brain), a craniotomy is occasionally required to reach the whole tumor. ...Read more

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Can a pituitary gland tumor misdiagnosed with depression?

Can a pituitary gland tumor misdiagnosed with depression?

pituitary tumor: Any tumor or lesion in brain may develop symptoms of depression. It is not a misdiagnosis, if your doctor just found you have depression. It should be a incomplete diagnosis. Depression is just a common symptom, not a exact etiology. ...Read more

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Can a pituitary macro adenoma become micro adenoma?

Can a pituitary macro adenoma become micro adenoma?

It depends: It is in the eyes of the beholder..... Eyes of the reader of the pet or MRI of the brain ...Changing the machine... Treatment... Certain endogenous hormone levels and changes need to be considered. If the lesion is borderline to start with... Readings could change... Consult with the doctor and the radiologist... Compare side by side the pictures and correlate clinically. ...Read more

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Are pituitary tumors deadly?

Are pituitary tumors deadly?

Usually not: Pituitary tumors are almost always benign, and most are amenable to surgical excision. Residual tumor is often treated with radiation therapy. Growth of some tumors may be stopped with oral medication. Regardless, some tumors tend to grow, albeit very slowly in general. Revision surgery is sometimes required, and one key to treatment is good surveillance for further growth with periodic mris. ...Read more

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Which is better for pituitary macroadenoma: transsphenoidal surgery or craniotomy?

Which is better for pituitary macroadenoma: transsphenoidal surgery or craniotomy?

Depends: Assuming it is an operative mass: this really depends on what the tumor looks like on imaging. Most of these masses can be done via transphenoidal approach with microscope or endoscope. Rarely it gets so large and if the patients medical condition is ok can be done via combined transphenoidal and craniotomy. Patients recover from transphenoidal surgery more quickly than craniotomy. ...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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Does pituitary adenoma affect the patient mentally?

Possibility : Yes and No. Depend on size, activity, age of patient and many other factors. Direct this question to your doctor, please. ...Read more

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Transsphenoidal surgery or craniotomy for pituitary adenoma?

First Option: Transsphenoidal approach has become the surgery of choice for pituitary adenomas. ...Read more

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