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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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