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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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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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Is Acromelagy always due a pituitary tumor?

Is Acromelagy always due a pituitary tumor?

No: Diagnosing acromegaly involves 2 blood tests that measure level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and oral glucose tolerance t\ (OGTT). Difficult to test level of growth hormone (GH) in acromegaly. Scan of head performed to confirm presence an adenoma in pituitary gland. If no tumor detected, a CT scan of abdomen and pelvis looks for tumors of adrenal, pancreas or pvary producing GH ...Read more

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How common is elevated prolactin caused by hormone imbalance when there is no pituitary tumor as cause for a woman not pregnant?

How common is elevated prolactin caused by hormone
imbalance when there is no pituitary tumor as cause for
a woman not pregnant?

Most often due to rx: The most frequent cause of elevated prolactin not due to a pituitary problem is ingestion of medication -- most commonly medication given for depression, anxiety, psychiatric illness, etc. Check with your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Is it more likely for a pituitary tumor and an adrenal tumor to develop together?

Is it more likely for a pituitary tumor and an adrenal tumor to develop together?

Can be.: Adrenal tumors and pituitary tumors can develop as part of a syndrome called multiple endocrine neoplasia (men) 1, which is caused by a mutation in a specific gene and is very rare. However, tumors in the parathyroid glands and pancreas, in addition to pituitary tumors, are most common, although a number of other organs may be affected. Thus, many symptoms are likely to be present. ...Read more

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If not due to a brain tumor, what are causes of seizure disorders?

If not due to a brain tumor, what are causes of seizure disorders?

Causes of epilepsy: Epilepsy has many causes. Illness, brain damage (stroke) & abnormal brain development lead to seizure disorders. Simplistically, brain wiring is abnormal with an imbalance of neurotransmitters exits. Genetic factors may have an impact. Alcoholism, alzheimer's, heart attacks, infectious diseases, & develpomental/metabolic disordrs. Head injuries/poisoning too. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a high white cell count be caused by c.O.P.D, a pituitary gland tumour, or female problems?

Is it possible that a high white cell count be caused by c.O.P.D, a pituitary gland tumour, or female problems?

How high?: A small elevation in the total white count may be perfectly healthy -- reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside at either end. It's more important to know what the white cells look like, and whether any are abnormal. As a pathologist / lab specialist, i'm always telling folks, "look at the person, not the labs.". ...Read more

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Can breast cancer cause breast cysts to develop? I know it's rare for cancer in a cyst, but can a tumor be the cause of a simple cyst?

Can breast cancer cause breast cysts to develop? I know it's rare for cancer in a cyst, but can a tumor be the cause of a simple cyst?

It's possible: A breast cancer may exist in a cyst if there is a mass in the cyst or in the wall of the cyst. A simple cyst is unlikely to be cancerous. Usually cancerous cysts are complex and may have separations within it. In any event either removal, aspiration with follow up, or repeat imaging my be needed to ensure the cyst is not cancerous. ...Read more

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What causes malabsorption syndrome in small cell lung cancer? Is it an early or late stage presentation of the disease?

What causes malabsorption syndrome in small cell lung cancer? Is it an early or late stage presentation of the disease?

Youkeep asking silly: These are silly questions that waste a doctors time. Without knowing your complete medical history(like do you have Small cell lung Cancer? And do you have malabsorption syndrome(a rare condition to begin with), how can we address any questions that you raise and then you go ahead and give them another twist or early/late stages etc. Please take all these questions to your Primary doctor to addres ...Read more

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How common is a false negative ct when scanning for small cell lung cancer. Weight loss and fatigue present with some endocrine issues.

How common is a false negative ct when scanning for small cell lung cancer.  Weight loss and fatigue present with some endocrine issues.

Very uncommon.: In some respects it depends on how the scan was performed, but, for example, with low dose screening chest CTs, reported sensitivities are generally well above 90%, and in some studies, approach 100% ...Read more

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How is a regular headache and a headache caused by an early stage of brain cancer different symptom wise?

How is a regular headache and a headache caused by an early stage of brain cancer different symptom wise?

Not always different: The main difference is that headache due to a tumor is not intermittent and gets worse and worse. Also regular headaches are usually not associated with neurological signs and symptoms (except for severe migraines and aneurysms). ...Read more

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Can small cell lung cancer cause malabsorption through zolinger Ellison syndrome. Would this be a presenting sign of sclc before it shows on ct scan?

Can small cell lung cancer cause malabsorption through zolinger Ellison syndrome. Would this be a presenting sign of sclc before it shows on ct scan?

Uncommon: Most Zollinger-Ellison / gastrinoma are from islet cell tumors of the foregut. Oat cell carcinoma can produce other paraneoplastic syndromes, famously the anti-nerve cell ones, before being visible on chest ray, but it announces itself fast enough. And what are you going to without a localized tumor? Take out both lungs? Look for some other cause for any suggestive symptoms. Good question Gill. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of a brain tumor? And my heart feels heavy. Im only 19. Could this be a depression brain tumor or is it stress?

What are the early signs of a brain tumor? And my heart feels heavy. Im only 19. Could this be a depression brain tumor or is it stress?

19: Where did you get that idea? Sounds more like youre depressed and wondering why. A psychiatrist whould know significantly more about brain tumors and depressive problems than you do. Guessing leavesyou upset. A depression is more likely that a brain tumor, but find out and get whatever helpyou need. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a meningioma brain tumor to cause bowel problems?

Is it possible for a meningioma brain tumor to cause bowel problems?

yes, rarely: Meningiomas most commonly occur in the head but they can also affect the spinal canal. If they press on the lowest part of the spinal cord they can produce bowel problems. This is not highly likely but can happen. See your physician for full evaluation. ...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?

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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Why diagnose cjd without a biopsy? Is there a cancer that can cause same symptoms?

Why diagnose cjd without a biopsy? Is there a cancer that can cause same symptoms?

Not sure, and yes: By cjd i assume you mean creutzfeldt- jacob disease. Although brain biopsy is the "gold standard", it is often not used. The findings from eeg, mri, and spinal tap are enough to make a diagnosis in patients with the right symptoms. Yes, lymphoma in the brain, or a cancer elsewhere in the body causing a "paraneoplastic" syndrome, can cause the same symptoms. Ask if these have been ruled out. ...Read more

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Dr. said a hormonal abnormality could be the cause of height gain @ age 36. Would that excess of growth hormone be acromegaly or is it another issue?

Dr. said a hormonal abnormality could be the cause of height gain @ age 36. Would that excess of growth hormone be acromegaly or is it another issue?

Height gain: Your doctor is wrong! Acromegaly is quite different and does not occur after age 20-25. Acromegaly will not make you grow taller. Probably time to see a better doctr - preferably an Endocrinologist. Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an adrenal tumor?

What sort of problem is an adrenal tumor?

Adrenal tumor: 1/1500 adrenal tumors can be cancerous (although very rare) so if you found an adrenal tumor, you need to see your doc to see 1)if it's producing any adrenal hormones or just non-functioning, 2)what's the size of the tumor and what's the likelihood it is cancerous or will turn cancerous (tumor > 6 CM very high risk) (i.E what's its charecteristics on ct scan, hounsfield units...). ...Read more

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Which medical problem is often misdiagnosed as a thyroid problem at first?

Which medical problem is often misdiagnosed as a thyroid problem at first?

Thyroid disease: Problems that can be assumed related to the thyroid and later found to be a different diagnosis include anemia, sleep apnea, heart disease, cushing's syndrome, kidney disease. Abnormalities of the thyroid can have many symptoms so there are many overlapping conditions that can have similar symptoms. ...Read more

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Pituitary Disorders (Definition)

The pituitary is a gland in brain. It produces different hormones that help with various bodily functions (reproduction, body temperature control, blood pressure, growth, cognition). A disorder of pituitary can affect one or some or all of hormones and cause excess hormonal production or loss of hormonal production. A person with pituitary disorder should be under ...Read more