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Can a pituitary tumor go away without treatment?

Anthony P. Heaney, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Very rarely, a pituitary tumor can go away without treatment. Due to poorly developed blood supply, a pituitary tumor can spontaneously infarct and in so doing destroy itself. More commonly the infarction process simultaneously damages (often permanently) the healthy pituitary tissue leading to the need (generally lifelong) to take replacement endocrine medications.

A pituitary tumor will not go away without treatment. However,many pituitary tumors never cause symptoms and will go undetected throughout a person's entire life. Additionally,certain kinds of functional pituitary tumors can be destroyed with medication only and never require surgery.

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