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Pituitary Gland Enlarged
What exactly does it mean if the doctor finds that the bone around your pituitary gland is enlarged?
My 14 yr old son had an MRI for pulsitile tinitus for the ent. He mentioned his pituitary gland was enlarged. He has lots of other weird symptoms. ?
Second opinion : A pediatric neuroradiologist should take a look at the mri. If images of the pituitary weren't specifically ordered, then this becomes a less sensitive test because the "cuts" through the pituirary images are too big to get a good look. Also, teenage pituitaries are supposed to be larger than those of adults because of all the activity going on there relative to puberty and growth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pituitary "enlarged": You need a ct or MRI to see the pituitary. The pituitary normally enlarges during pregnancy and puberty. Hypothyroidism (high tsh) can make it enlarged. Bad stuff: tumors in the pituitary can develop, and they sometime secrete excess hormones, giving rise to many different disorders. Aneurisms, cysts, other things can happen, but all these are readily seen on mri. ...Read more
Maybe nothing: There are physiologic reasons why the pituitary may swell, such as pregnancy, hypothyroidism, adolescence. The questions i would ask: is there any hormone disorder? Is there any other abnormality noted on the mri? Was this a "pituitary mri"? Did the radiologist misinterpret this? Many questions. See an endocrinologist, certainly before anything invasive is done. ...Read more
Your doctor can help: Since you seem to have ruled out any tumors in the pituitary gland, you must have taken help from your doctor. Did you not ask him/her to explain? Unless you have some hormonal imbalance, i would not be concerned about your pituitary size or suspected enlargement. ...Read more
With regard that carcinoid tumor produce excessive amount of serotonin, does enlarged pituitary gland go hand in hand with carcinoid tumor?
My sister had been diagnosed with enlargement if the pituitary gland and not cancerous. What does this meab? Is it dangerous?
Pituitary: There are many normal physiologic conditions that enlarge the pituitary. Pregnancy, lactation, hypothyroidism. Presumably your sister had a ct or mri. Did it show a tumor? Just enlargement? It would be important to have measurements of pituitary hormones to determine what the MRI means. Prolactin, tsh, ft4. Is she menstruating? Normal menses suggest normal pituitary. ...Read more
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