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What are the symptoms of pituitary tumors?

The symptoms of a pituitary tumor include both physical and biochemical issues. Headaches, vision problems, lethargy, changes in a person's sense of smell, and nausea are all symptoms of pituitary tumors. Because an affected pituitary gland will generally produce an unbalanced amount of particular hormones, a person with a pituitary tumor may also notice things like excessive sweating, general disinterest in sex, or rapid weight loss.

Marvin Bergsneider, MD
Neurosurgery
The basic symptoms of pituitary tumors are:
  • The over-production of hormones, which can cause a variety of different symptoms.
  • The under-production of hormones due to a large tumor compressing the normal gland.
  • Visual symptoms. The loss of peripheral vision is the most common visual symptom.

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