A pituitary tumor can be serious if left untreated or if diagnosed late. An enlarged tumor can press on the optic nerve, leading to blindness or other vision problems. Such tumors can also lead to permanent hormonal imbalances. Another rare but serious complication results in bleeding into the growth itself. This condition, called pituitary apoplexy, will bring on sudden and severe symptoms and needs to be treated with emergency surgery.
- Q What are pituitary tumors?
- Q What is the outlook for people with pituitary gland tumors?
- Q How common is a pituitary tumor?
- Q Do children with pituitary tumors receive the same treatment as adults?
- Q What health problems can pituitary tumors cause in children?
- Q Why can pituitary tumors cause visual problems?