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Is a pituitary tumor a brain tumor?

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Dr. Reza Karimi
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not quite

A pituitary tumor arises from the pituitary gland which is underneath the brain.
These may be quite large and cause compression of the brain or the cranial nerves. This would be considered a "brain tumor" in general language. Pituitary tumors should be classified in a category of their own from a technical standpoint.

In brief: Not quite

A pituitary tumor arises from the pituitary gland which is underneath the brain.
These may be quite large and cause compression of the brain or the cranial nerves. This would be considered a "brain tumor" in general language. Pituitary tumors should be classified in a category of their own from a technical standpoint.
Dr. Reza Karimi
Dr. Reza Karimi
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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

The pituitary is not part of the brain.
While a small portion of the pituitary is made up of of axons (extensions of nerve cells whose cell body is in the brain), most of the pituitary is made up of glandular cells, and it is this part of the pituitary where tumors arise.

In brief: No

The pituitary is not part of the brain.
While a small portion of the pituitary is made up of of axons (extensions of nerve cells whose cell body is in the brain), most of the pituitary is made up of glandular cells, and it is this part of the pituitary where tumors arise.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo
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