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I was diagnosed with a 4.2x4.3 non hormone secreting pituitary tumor back in Feb. Now I have a 3.2cm ovarian cyst. Are they related?

I was diagnosed with a 4.2x4.3 non hormone secreting pituitary tumor back in Feb. Now I have a 3.2cm ovarian cyst. Are they related?

Unrelated: Hi. We must assume your pituitary tumor units are MILLImeters (mm, not cm), or else it's HUGE. But no, no relationship between a non-functioning pituitary adenoma and an ovarian cyst. They're just coincidental. ...Read more

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


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Is Acromelagy always due a pituitary tumor?

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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How are pituitary tumors tested?

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

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How serious is it to have pituitary tumors?

How serious is it to have pituitary tumors?

Varies: Pituitary tumors can be large and compress the visual nerves. It is common for larger tumors to bleed. Tumors can release high levels of hormones, which would affect normal hormonal balance. If you have a tumor, you should see a neurosurgeon, who will have input from endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, etc., to help work up the tumor and decide the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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How prevalent are pituitary tumors/diseases?

How prevalent are pituitary tumors/diseases?

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 many types of pituitary tumors are there?

2 groups: The are essentially 2 groups of pituitary tumors, both of which are benign. Functioning pit tumors oversecrete one hormone such as acth (cortisol), growth hormone, or prolactin are the common ones. The majority of pit tumors are non-functioning and don't secrete any hormones but cause symptoms because of their size. Your endocrinologist can disting them. ...Read more

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