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What is the prognosis for a pituitary tumor?

Anthony P. Heaney, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
The prognosis for a pituitary tumor is generally good if the tumor and the hormones it may be secreting in excess and the destructive effects of the tumor on the endocrine function of the pituitary can be controlled. This is achievable in most situations under the direction of a multidisciplinary team at a center that has adequate experience in managing pituitary tumors.

If diagnosed early enough, the prognosis for a pituitary tumor is usually excellent. If diagnosis is delayed, even a nonfunctioning tumor can cause problems if it grows large enough to press on optic nerves, the brain, or carotid arteries (vessels that bring blood to the brain). Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to a good prognosis.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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