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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Pituitary tumors interfere with our bodys ability to produce hormones that helps us grow, regulate our sugar levels and control our body temperature.Scientists call the pituitary gland the master endocrine gland because it produce...

s hormones that regulate other organs and many of our body functions. When tumors form, they cause the pituitary gland to make excessive or deficient amounts of certain hormones such as thyroid-stimulating hormone, which regulates our heart rate. Typically slow growing, pituitary tumors are rarely cancerous but can still spread to other parts of the body. Because of the gland's location in the center of the brain, doctors must surgically remove these tumors to relieve brain pressure. You may also need medications to return your hormones back to normal. Early detection is the key to success. See your doctor if you have unexplained weight loss, blurry vision, sexual dysfunction, irregular heart beat or muscle weakness.

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