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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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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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 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

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