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Are pituitary tumors deadly?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. John Chastain
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Chastain
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
This is of course correct. If you have a pituitary tumor, please get treated. I think everyone will agree they are dangerous if untreated.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
You can bleed into the tumor, producing an agonizing death.
A HGH producing tumor giving you acromegaly will take an average of 18 years off your life. An acth producing tumor giving you cushingism will eventually kill you. Even an aggressive prolactinoma, which usually just makes women stop cycling and lactate, and makes men impotent, can crush the bottom of the brain, causing death.

In brief: Yes
You can bleed into the tumor, producing an agonizing death.
A HGH producing tumor giving you acromegaly will take an average of 18 years off your life. An acth producing tumor giving you cushingism will eventually kill you. Even an aggressive prolactinoma, which usually just makes women stop cycling and lactate, and makes men impotent, can crush the bottom of the brain, causing death.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
If you have a pituitary tumor, please get treated.
Dr. John Chastain
Agreed. Prognosis is better if treated!
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
In brief: No
But because of proximity to optic nerve can have adverse effect on vision if untreated.

In brief: No
But because of proximity to optic nerve can have adverse effect on vision if untreated.
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Dr. Reza Shirazi
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