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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

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 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 any options besides surgery for pituitary tumors?

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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My bf has a pituitary tumor that has caused him to gain weight and have mood swings is this all from the. Tumor how do they treat it could he die?

My bf has a pituitary tumor that has caused him to gain weight and have mood swings is this all from the. Tumor how do they treat it could he die?

Unlikely: Mood disorders and weight gain are common problems with or without pituitary disease. Pituitary tumors are rarely dangerous or deadly and are usually fairly easy to manage or even cure. His hormone levels need to be carefully monitored, and he needs good followup to monitor the growth of the tumor. His mood and overeating should be treated separately. ...Read more

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What could be causing my bf to be always tired gaining weight needing testosterone on meds for thyroid. Has pituitary tumor dr says tumor wouldnt?

What could be causing my bf to be always tired gaining weight needing testosterone on meds for thyroid. Has pituitary tumor dr says tumor wouldnt?

Pitutary problem?: It is hard to figure out from your question. If someone has a pituitary tumor, it could be secreting excess hormone, or it could be damaging the pituitary. Is the pitutary tumor the reason he needs thyroid and testosterone? Does he also need hydrocortisone? It would be important that he have a hormonal work up by an endocrinologist, if not done already. ...Read more

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I have a pituitary tumor and I wanted does it cause neck and shoulder pain and loss of weight.

I have a pituitary tumor and I wanted does it cause neck and shoulder pain and loss of weight.

Depends on tumor: A lot depends on the size location and function of the tumor. A pituitary tumor may cause headaches, visual disturbances, and if it secretes a hormone, it can cause syndromes related to that. Neck/shoulder pain and weight loss are not common for a pit tumor, unless the tumor actually came from somewhere else, or is caused by some other illness. Get this checked out with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Is adrenal insufficiency after pituitary tumor removal permanent? How long before most usually gain pituitary function for acth back?

Is adrenal insufficiency after pituitary tumor removal permanent? How long before most usually gain pituitary function for acth back?

Sometimes: It is really quite variable when the pituitary function restarts after the operation. It often depends on how much was removed. Unfortunately, sometimes it is permanent. Check with your neurosurgeon for more details. ...Read more

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Losing weight, speech/balance prob, body pins/need. Could this only be a pituitary tumor or something else? 129lb 51 M TSH 9.2 FSH 26.1 Prolactin 410

Losing weight, speech/balance prob, body pins/need. Could this only be a pituitary tumor or something else? 129lb 51 M TSH 9.2 FSH 26.1 Prolactin 410

Hyperprolactinemia: Your prolactin, TSH and FSH are elevated. High prolactin causes low FSH. I would recommend to retest harmones. If prolactin remains elevated, you need to get an MRIof the pituitary. . ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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At what size should a pituitary tumor be removed? In Feb it was 4.2x4.3. New MRI Tues. If it's reached a 5 neurologist said to see neurosurgeon? Y/N??

At what size should a pituitary tumor be removed? In Feb it was 4.2x4.3. New MRI Tues. If it's reached a 5 neurologist said to see neurosurgeon? Y/N??

Pituitary adenoma: Yes. See a neurosurgeon who specializes in pituitary surgery to discuss the treatment options. Hormone studies and a visual field examination are part of the evaluation too. Indications for surgery include increasing size of the adenoma, visual field loss and reduction in hormone function due to tumor compression. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about headaches caused by a pituitary tumor?

Can you tell me about headaches caused by a pituitary tumor?

Pituitary tumor: Headaches are a common symptom in pituitary tumor, thought to be due to the pressure of the tumor on the surrounding tissues. ...Read more

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Are pituitary tumors deadly?

Usually not: Pituitary tumors are almost always benign, and most are amenable to surgical excision. Residual tumor is often treated with radiation therapy. Growth of some tumors may be stopped with oral medication. Regardless, some tumors tend to grow, albeit very slowly in general. Revision surgery is sometimes required, and one key to treatment is good surveillance for further growth with periodic mris. ...Read more

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Can a pituitary tumor cause thyroiditis?

Can a pituitary tumor cause thyroiditis?

No: Hi. No, a pituitary tumor can't cause thyroiditis. Pituitary tumors can cause hypothyroidism & hyperthyroidism (by different mechanisms), but can't cause thyroiditis. If both are coexistent, they're independent. All the best! ...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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Can a pituitary tumor affect a person's period?

Can a pituitary tumor affect a person's period?

Yes: Some of the pituitary hormones control the menstrual cycle and can be inhibited by prolactin from a pituitary tumor. With treatment, the menstrual cycles usually return with this type of problem. Also, with a large tumor, if part or all of the pituitary is injured, menstrual cycles may not return. Large tumors can cause serious problems and almost always need treatment. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of pituitary tumors?

What are signs and symptoms of pituitary tumors?

Depends: Hi. Pituitary tumors are generally benign tumors that produce signs and symptoms by either mass effect and/or hormone production. Mass effect can cause headache, difficulty seeing peripheral visual fields, or destruction of adjacent normal pituitary tissue. Tumors that produce hormones cause classic syndromes. Your endocrinologist will do a diagnostic evaluation and recommend treatment if indicated ...Read more

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What are gonadotropin secreting pituitary tumors?

What are gonadotropin secreting pituitary tumors?

Pituitary tumors: These are very rare, and secrete high levels of fsh or lh. These hormones stimulate the gonad, so will cause elevated estrogen in a woman, and elevated testosterone in a man. ...Read more

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Is my pituitary tumor affecting my oxytocin levels?

Is my pituitary tumor affecting my oxytocin levels?

Maybe: It depends on which part of the pituitary is affected. The only way to know is to have your levels measured. ...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

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Need endocronologist experienced with pituitary tumors?

Need endocronologist experienced with pituitary tumors?

U C Davis: If you are in modesto, you are not far from u c davis med center and they have fellowship trained endocrinologists as well as neurosurgeons who can help with pituitary tumors. They will be well experienced and will understand your disease problems and needs. ...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