Who should be examined for a pituitary tumor?

Patients consistently and inexplicably suffering from three or more of the following symptoms should be examined for a pituitary tumor: aching joints, carpal tunnel syndrome, disrupted menses, depression, early menopause, easy bruising, fatigue, growth problems, headache, inappropriate lactation, infertility, muscle weakness, obesity, osteoporosis, vision problems.

Diagnosis of pituitary disease is often problematical because it is often confused with the symptoms, not the primary source of the symptoms.

Anthony P. Heaney, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Those who should be examined for a pituitary tumor include:
  • people who have loss of their peripheral visual field
  • people who have low hormone levels in a pattern that indicates an issue with the central control of hormone production
  • people who have had an imaging study of some kind carried out for another reason, such as head injury or hearing or other neurological issue, that incidentally notes a pituitary mass or cyst

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