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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

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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I have a mucous retention cyst or polyp in maxillary sinus. Is there any relation to my pituitary tumor or to the fact that I have always had a poor sense of smell?

I have a mucous retention cyst or polyp in maxillary sinus. Is there any relation to my pituitary tumor or to the fact that I have always had a poor sense of smell?

Unrelated entities: A pituitary tumor plays no role in the development/formation of a mucous retention cyst, or a sinus polyp. These are quite common, an usually asymptomatic (unless they block the drainage from the sinus into the hiatus semilunaris or if they are occupying a large volume of the sinus) and I see them as an incidental finding on a weekly basis on radiographs of my patients. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a pineal cyst and tumor?

What are the differences between a pineal cyst and tumor?

Pineal cyst or tumor: Pineal cyst is a non-neoplastic glial cyst within the pineal gland. Pineal tumor is usually neoplastic, benign or malignant. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between a pineal tumor and a pineal cyst?

How do you tell the difference between a pineal tumor and a pineal cyst?

A biopsy or imaging: True pineal gland cysts are not brain tumors; rather, they are a completely benign cysts. The large majority of pineal gland cysts do not enlarge much if at all. However, some do enlarge over time slowly. Even though pineal cysts are benign and usually harmless, they can mimic a tumor, they often need to be distinguished from other cystic tumors via biopsies or imaging study (ie MRI of the brain). ...Read more

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Is a pineal cyst of 0.7x1.0 x1.0 CM very large? And can they shrink on there own? How can they tell if it is a cyst or tumor? Cause of zig zag vision

Is a pineal cyst of 0.7x1.0 x1.0 CM very large? And can they shrink on there own? How can they tell if it is a cyst or tumor? Cause of zig zag vision

Pineal cyst: It is not big. It is probably benign and can be evaluated by mri.Usually they don't shrink. This size cyst should not cause any visual problems ...Read more

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12mm pineal gland cyst/tumor. What do I do? How serious is it?  Severe head pain everyday. Worse when I wake up. Take butal. No help vision memory loss

12mm pineal gland cyst/tumor. What do I do? How serious is it?  Severe head pain everyday. Worse when I wake up. Take butal. No help vision memory loss

May not be cyst: Pineal gland cysts are generally thought to be incidental findings on imaging studies and do not tend to cause major symptoms such as headaches, blurred vision, etc. You should consult with a headache specialist who Will be able to determine the relationship between that finding and your symptoms. If you would like a private consultation please write me at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...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?

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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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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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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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?

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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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?

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?

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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How do pituitary tumors 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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Can pituitary tumors affect my memory?

Can pituitary tumors affect my memory?

Not usually: Unless it affects the thyroid or adrenal axis. ...Read more

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What symptoms are associated with pituitary tumors?

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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Does having a pituitary tumor shorten your lifespan?

Pituitary tumor: It really depends on the type of tumor, its surgical removal or treatment by therapy. Some of these tumors are benign and with treatment can lead to a normal lifespan - it is all based on the tumor type and the available treatment. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a pituitary tumor?

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Pituitary tumor: Headache, Loss of peripheral vision, Nausea, Vomiting, Weakness, Loss of body hair, Irregular menses, Sexual dysfunction, Frequent urination, Weight changes, & symptoms related to changes in hormones. ...Read more

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I have 2 benign pituitary tumors, are they dangerous?

I have 2 benign pituitary tumors, are they dangerous?

Many factors: Mris are very sensitive at picking up the most tiny of pituitary lesions. They sometimes see very small, insignificant "tumors" in the pituitary that are not secreting hormones and will not cause problems. On the other hand, larger, secretory tumors may be of more concern. Discuss this with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Why is early diagnosis of pituitary tumors such a problem?

Few symptoms.: Pituitary tumors are slow-growing and tend not to cause any acute symptoms, allowing them to grow to a relatively large size prior to their discovery. Furthermore, most do not cause hormonal problems, and the usual symptoms they cause (vision change, sometimes headache) are nonspecific and may be caused by a number of other conditions. ...Read more

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I have pituitary tumor. I am really scare. It is dangerous, doctors?

I have pituitary tumor. I am really scare. It is dangerous, doctors?

Mostly not dangerous: The vast majority of pituitary tumors are benign. They are treated based on size and type. Smaller (<1 cm) tumors that do not overproduce hormones (related to thyroid, adrenal, reproductive, growth, prolactin) can be observed over time. Larger tumors that cause headaches, vision changes will need surgery. Tumors that produce too much hormones will also need therapy. Find an experienced specialist! ...Read more

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Is my pituitary tumor affecting my oxytocin levels?

Is my pituitary tumor affecting my oxytocin levels?

Maybe: It depends on which part of the pituitary is affected. The only way to know is to have your levels measured. ...Read more

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Are there any options besides surgery for pituitary tumors?

Yes: Treatment will depend on the type and size of tumor, and the person's age and health. Pituitary tumors that are large or compress other parts of the brain will require surgery and sometimes radiation. If the tumor is secreting excess hormones, drugs can be used to block the excess hormone production. Sometimes watchful waiting for slow-growing tumors is done. ...Read more

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Can pituitary tumors cause cataracts?

Can pituitary tumors cause cataracts?

Cataract: There is no clear association between pituitary tumor and cataract formation. A pituitary tumor may affect several hormone levels, which may in turn have adverse effects on different areas of the body. ...Read more

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Can pituitary tumors affect progesterone?

Can pituitary tumors affect progesterone?

Yes: One example is a pituitary adenoma that secretes prolactin. High prolactin lead to lower Progesterone levels. ...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