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Does a pituitary tumor affect children differently than adults?

Pituitary tumors are not common in children. However, when they do occur they can affect a child in the same ways that they affect adults. Yet, because a child is still growing, impacts on their growth and physical maturation are much more noticeable. Such tumors can stunt the normal growth in children, causing them to be shorter than they would otherwise be. They can also slow puberty and sexual development in adolescents.

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