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Doctor insights on: Pituitary Tumor Surgery Side Effects

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Tumor Surgery (Definition)

This is a general term. Tumor just means lump or mass, but is often used to describe cancer. A surgery to remove a tumor can be quite simple like removing a lipoma which is superficial all the way to a very complex surgery like the whipple which is used to remove tumors in the pancreas. Usually the mass and a margin of ...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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Is there a long recovery process from pituitary tumor surgery?

Is there a long recovery process from pituitary tumor surgery?

Not usually....: For an average pituitary surgery, recovery is relatively short (i.e. Out of hospital in a few days, back to work within a couple of weeks). Recovery depends on many factors, however. Fortunately, surgery usually goes smoothly, but leakage of spinal fluid, excess bleeding, etc. Can cause some bumps along the way, and some patients have prolonged sinus issues or pituitary-related hormone problems. ...Read more

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I had pituitary tumor surgery on march 1, 2013 I have had this burning sensation that comes from my head goes down to my face burns my eyes.

I had pituitary tumor surgery on march 1, 2013 I have had this burning sensation that comes from my head goes down to my face burns my eyes.

Cranial never?: It may involve your second cranial never? Call your surgeon... If you notice salty drainage from your nose, call you neurosurgeon right a way... ...Read more

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Are there side effects of germ cell tumor surgery?

Are there side effects of germ cell tumor surgery?

It depends: Side effects of orchiectomy (testicle removal) alone are fairly limited.

Major abdominal surgery however is sometimes necessary and can result in ejaculatory dysfunction, bowel obstruction, hernia or leakage of lymphatic fluid. This type of operation is best done at a major referral center where complication rates are lowest.

Lung and brain surgery are sometimes necessary though less commonly. ...Read more

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Can the symptoms and side effects of a pituitary tumor be cured by removing the tumor?

Can the symptoms and side effects of a pituitary tumor be cured by removing the tumor?

Sometimes: About 80-85% of patients will have a cure from resection of their pituitary tumor. Unfortunately the remaining patients will have remnant symptoms from the tumor or recurrent tumor with recurrent symptoms over the upcoming years. Please fully discuss with your neurosurgeon. ...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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Does pituitary tumors cause throbbing on the right side naer the top of the head?

Possibly but unlikel: One can have headaches related to a large pituitary tumor, typically felt between the eyes. Small pituitary tumors (microadenomas) do not usually cause headaches. ...Read more

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Sudden right side headache with nose bleed can this be caused from my pituitary tumor (macroadenoma)?

Sudden right side headache with nose bleed can this be caused from my pituitary tumor (macroadenoma)?

Headache/nose bleed: Hello,
The answer to your question is yes but probably unlikely. Both of these symptoms could come from your pituitary tumor if the tumor undergoes aggressive growth. The tumor rests just behind your sphenoid sinus. I'm also assuming the tumor was not surgically removed at this point. See your ENT doctor who can perform an endoscopic exam and identify the reason for the nosebleed. ...Read more

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Could a pituitary tumor cause temporary one sided facial drooping without paralysis? Low TSH (normal T3 (liothyronine) & T4) Low ACTH. Waiting on more test results.

Could a pituitary tumor cause temporary one sided facial drooping without paralysis? Low TSH (normal T3 (liothyronine) & T4) Low ACTH. Waiting on more test results.

Facial nerve: Any structure that affects the facial nerve along its course from the brain can cause a droop. Pituitary tumor can cause droop in eye, visual changes etc. Its anatomical and the facial nerve has several branches, temporal, zygomatic, buccal, maxillary and mandibular. Good luck. Stroke, Hemifacial spasm and bells palsy other alternative possibilities. ...Read more

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What's the recovery after bone tumor surgery?

What's the recovery after bone tumor surgery?

Recovery: Depends on many factors: what bone is affected, type of surgery, age and health status of the patient, etc. This is best discussed with the doctor performing the procedure. ...Read more

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What's the recovery process like after bone tumor surgery?

What's the recovery process like after bone tumor surgery?

It depends what kind: Tumor is if begin the recovery period is minimum, if malignant it take long time. ...Read more

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I have cushings. When I get surgery to get the pituitary tumor out how good a chance is it that I will have permanent remission?

Depends: A good neurosurgeon experienced in pitutiary gland resection can have an 80-90% cure rate right out of the gate if the patient is well chosen. There is a recurrence rate of between 5-10% which is not necessarily dependent upon the skill of the surgeon. Most studies available show a clear positive correlation between the experience of the surgeon and the success rate in this procedure. ...Read more

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Can paralyzing effects of a stroke due to a pituitary tumor be reversed by removal of the tumor?

Can paralyzing effects of a stroke due to a pituitary tumor be reversed by removal of the tumor?

Very unlikely: First, unless it is extremely large, a pituitary tumor will rarely, if ever, be a cause of a stroke. It is more likely that after a stroke that was caused by a different problem, a MRI revealed an unsuspected pituitary tumor. Rehabilitation is much more likely to help a stroke victim that treatment of the tumor. ...Read more

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Why might a person die suddenly 3 weeks after having a successful brain tumor surgery?

Why might a person die suddenly 3 weeks after having a successful brain tumor surgery?

Many possibilities: Many possibilities exist. Pulmonary embolus, a blood clot to the lung, is something that brain tumor patients have higher chance of having. However, heart attack, bleeding in the brain and a myriad of other reasons exist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tumor surgery?

What is the definition or description of: tumor surgery?

Tumor surgery: This is a general term. Tumor just means lump or mass, but is often used to describe cancer. A surgery to remove a tumor can be quite simple like removing a lipoma which is superficial all the way to a very complex surgery like the whipple which is used to remove tumors in the pancreas. Usually the mass and a margin of normal tissue is removed. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a benign brain tumor surgery?

How dangerous is a benign brain tumor surgery?

Depends: Location and size of the tumor is usually very important even in expert hands. Make sure to pick a good surgeon. In good hands, risks can be minimized. There is always, risks, with any procedure, including brain surgery. ...Read more

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After brain tumor surgery, is that going to cause a permanent amnesia?

After brain tumor surgery, is that going to cause a permanent amnesia?

Location: It depends on the location of the tumor. If the tumor is close to memory centers then amnesia might happen, otherwise, if tumor is located in the motor center or sensory center of the brain then brain surgery might affect motion, sensation, speech etc based on the area affected. Always consult with neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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How long will I have to wait after having brain tumor surgery to ride roller coasters?

How long will I have to wait after having brain tumor surgery to ride roller coasters?

Ask your doctor: Your surgeon who operated on your tumor must be the best person to guide you. So ask him. But in general most operations on the brain take 3-4 weeks to heal unless you have paralysis which can take much longer. I would ask you to go slow and temper your enthusiasm for ride roller coasters too soon. ...Read more

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2.4 cm pituitary tumor. Prolactin 180. On cabergoline for 6 months. Have had period again. Does that mean it's working and I won't need surgery?

2.4 cm pituitary tumor. Prolactin 180. On cabergoline for 6 months. Have had period again. Does that mean it's working and I won't need surgery?

Maybe: This is a great sign & shows the Cabergoline is doing something & this may all be a prolactinoma. That said, this size tumor will often (not always) produce much higher prolactin levels & the elevated prolactin may be do to something called pituitary stalk compression, now lessened as Cabergoline will shrink most pit tumors. If the case a surgery would be safer/easier. Good news either way! ...Read more

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Low testosterone rapidly dropping looking for pituitary tumor what implications if it is the cause is it treatable without surgery?

The vast majority: Of the time, the cause of low T in your age group is simply aging, and not a pituitary tumor. MRI is sometimes performed just to make sure there is no pituitary tumor, and it is usually negative. The treatment of the tumor, if present, would depend on the location, size, and type of the tumor, because more than one type in or near the pituitary could result in low T. ...Read more

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Can you tell me anything about pituitary tumors any help would be greatly appreciated?

Seek Endocrinologist: If you have a pituitory problem you should be guided by an endocrinologist.
Most pituitory tumors are benign and can removed surgically in case the tumor is causing symptoms due to its large size. Some produce excess of hormones, others are non functional. ...Read more

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Can you donate blood with a pituitary tumor?

Can you donate blood with a pituitary tumor?

Probably: Depending upon your symptoms and your hormone evaluation it may be very safe for you to donate blood. You can discuss this further with your primary doctor or your endocrinologist or your neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Is thirst an after-effect of pituitary tumor removal?

Is thirst an after-effect of pituitary tumor removal?

Yes: Because the normal pituitary gland is rarely clearly identified in surgery, and due to inflammation after surgery, release of the hormone ADH (vasopressin) by the pituitary is often disrupted. Adh, (vasopressin) or anti-diuretic hormone, permits the body to maintain appropriate fluid balance. A low ADH (vasopressin) level causes excess urination, and consequently, thirst. This is usually temporary, but may be a long-term issue. ...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