Advertisement

Can I develop a pituitary tumor as an adult?

Marvin Bergsneider, MD
Neurosurgery
Yes, you can develop a pituitary tumor as an adult. They normally occur in young adulthood, extending all the way to the 60s and 70s. (They are very uncommon in children.) For instance, if you've stopped growing and develop a pituitary tumor, you develop a slightly different condition called acromegaly. Acromegaly literally means growth of your limbs or your tissues. You no longer become taller, but you will develop many of the same physical features that giants have. Acromegaly is abnormal growth of the hands and feet. If you're an adult and your shoe size keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger, you should go see your doctor to make sure that you don't have acromegaly. The same applies if, for example, your wedding ring no longer fits and you have to keep resizing it.

Yes-you can develop a pituitary tumor as an adult. While children can get pituitary tumors-the risk for this disease increases with age. Older adults are actually at highest risk for pituitary tumors.

Continue Learning about Pituitary Tumor

What is the prognosis for a pituitary tumor?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
If diagnosed early enough, the prognosis for a pituitary tumor is usually excellent. If diagnosis is...
More Answers
Do children with pituitary tumors receive the same treatment as adults?
Marvin Bergsneider, MDMarvin Bergsneider, MD
The treatment of pituitary tumors in children is very different from adults because as a child there...
More Answers
What is the outlook for people with pituitary gland tumors?
Joshua B. Bederson, MDJoshua B. Bederson, MD
Tumors of the pituitary gland produce visual and hormonal impairment. Modern techniques have fac...
More Answers
How long does a pituitary tumor last?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
A pituitary tumor will not go away without treatment. However-many tumors never present any symptoms...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.