Can I develop a pituitary tumor as an adult?

Marvin Bergsneider, MD
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.

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