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What Damage Can A Pituitary Tumor Cause
"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
Yes : Hormonal imbalances can do just that. Talk to your endocrinologist. ...Read more
Would a pituitary tumor cause hormonal harm to a woman's body where she ends up needing a hysterectomy?
No, and yes: Pituitary tumors ordinarily won't interfere with a hysterectomy, unless dangerously large and need to be addressed first. So no, it won't cause harm with reference to the hysterectomy. However pituitary tumors can cause significant problems with vision, headaches, abnormal hormone levels, etc. This is a serious but separate problem. Seek consults from neurosurgery and endocrinology. ...Read more
Does a pituitary tumor cause lightheadedness, headache and blurry vision and increased floaters? What are the symptoms?
What could cause a pituitary tumor (less enhancing) to grow from .7mm to .9mm, largest dim, in 2 years, then shrink to .6mm w/i 5 years? If nonfunctional, would you continue to follow w/ mris?
It depends: It depends on the tumor type and if any medication was taken. You will need to follow with a neurosurgeon to keep an eye on the tumor. If it stays small and doesn't cause any symptoms (e.g. Visual field loss), your surgeon may decide to just follow it with serial mris. Don't forget, every surgical procedure carries risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What other than a pituitary tumor could cause a noticeable height increase in adults? I noticed a growth spurt around age 38 & then another at 41.
Doesn't actually...: Height growth due to increased growth hormone does not happen in adults because their growth plates in their long bones have fused. That means any perceived increase in height would not be related to any presumed or actual pituitary tumor in an adult over age 25 or so. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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