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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

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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Would extremely low estrogen and headaches behind my eyes be a symptom of pituitary tumor?

Would extremely low estrogen and headaches behind my eyes be a symptom of pituitary tumor?

Unlikely: While you can get pituitary hormone abnormalities with tumors of the gland, your symptoms most likely have a source outside of the head. ...Read more

Dr. Colin Sanner Dr. Sanner
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Pituitary tumor (Tip)

Many symptoms come from brain edema surrounding the tumor, hence the benefit of taking steroids. ...See more

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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

Eat a balanced diet
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Tell doctor about neurological changes
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Get EEG if you have lapses
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Follow doctor's advice
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What are the major presenting symptoms of pituitary tumor?

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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Why is early diagnosis of pituitary tumors such a problem?

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

Dr. Kathryn Ko Dr. Ko
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Not all brain tumors cause headaches. ...See more

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How do you diagnose pituitary tumors?

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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If you had an intradural, extramedullary tumor at L4 of uncertain type and a pituitary tumor that has caused years of diagnostic confusion and multiple conflicting opinions, would you get biopsies?

If you had an intradural, extramedullary tumor at L4 of uncertain type and a pituitary tumor that has caused years of diagnostic confusion and multiple conflicting opinions, would you get biopsies?

Yes I would: Getting a biopsy done on this spinal tumor (or aim for complete excision, is possible) could help define the nature/type of this tumor and hence may also help in providing a reliable medical therapy in the future. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Ko Dr. Ko
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Many noncancerous brain tumors can be cured. ...See more

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What doctor do I see to test for pituitary tumor?

Endocrinologist: Is usually the specialty that deals most with pituitary tumors. Neurosurgeons also see patients with pituitary tumors when a surgery is required. You should probably start with your primary care provider first. ...Read more

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Is galactorrhea related to infertility? What are tests for pituitary tumor?

Is galactorrhea related to infertility? What are tests for pituitary tumor?

Maybe: If galactorrhea is related to elevated prolactin levels, that often affects your periods and your hormone production and can lead to infertility. Sometimes testing is needed for a pituitary tumor, and that usually involved an MRI of the pituitary. ...Read more

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Pituitary tumor (Tip)

Ask your oncologist about the many national trials investigating new therapies for brain tumors. ...See 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 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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Growth found in the brain Meds, side effects, but I stress - I'm still in the game. ...See more

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My FSH and LH levels were both super low at 0.1. But my estradiol was normal. Could this mean a pituitary tumor?

My FSH and LH levels were both super low at 0.1. But my estradiol was normal. Could this mean a pituitary tumor?

Not enough info: Can't answer your question from that information. LH/FSH varies during the cycle. Those values are a bit low even for the luteal phase. But what else is going on? Why was it done? Are you having normal cycles? Are you menstruating at all? Is your prolactin elevated? I assume you are not taking estrogens. Tiny pituitary tumors are common, and may not be significant. See your doctor. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Kathryn Ko Dr. Ko
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Go in prepared, read up on the symptoms and signs. ...See 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