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 Should I talk to my doctor about a pituitary tumor?
- Q How common is a pituitary tumor?
- Q What is the outlook for people with pituitary gland tumors?
- Q What health problems can pituitary tumors cause in children?
- Q What is the prognosis for a pituitary tumor?
- Q Do children with pituitary tumors receive the same treatment as adults?