Is a pituitary tumor serious?

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.

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Pituitary Tumor

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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