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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

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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I have an 8mm pituitary tumor. Could it be the cause of problems with balance or vertigo ?

I have an 8mm pituitary tumor. Could it be the cause of problems with balance or vertigo ?

Pituitary: Yes it could be a cause of concern but it would not surprise if the balance or vertigo is unrelated to the pituitary tumor. Hope all goes well - please keep me informed. ...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 endocrine disorders other than acromegaly or pituitary tumor could cause height growth spurts in late 30s/early 40s?Would hypothyroidism do that?

What endocrine disorders other than acromegaly or pituitary tumor could cause height growth spurts in late 30s/early 40s?Would hypothyroidism do that?

Growth: Once you go through puberty, the growth plates close, and you will not grow anymore. Acromegaly in an adult does not cause growth in height, just thickening of bones/features. Hypothyroidism does not increase height. The most common cause of "adult growth" is a mistake in measurement, including in MD offices, where height measurements are often not accurate. ...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?

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?

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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