Pituitary Adenomas (Tumor)
Your pituitary gland is found just under your brain. It is a pea-sized gland that makes hormones that affect many of your body's functions. A pituitary tumor can cause it to release too much or too little of these hormones and can cause serious problems. Here at MD West ONE, we have Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists that can properly diagnose any spinal or neurological issues.
Signs and Symptoms
A pituitary tumor can press against your brain. This can cause:
- Vision loss
- Changes to your hormone levels
- More body hair
- Enlarged hands and feet
- Anxiety or Depression
- Sexual problems like loss of sex drive or irregular periods
- Weight change
- Change in heart rate
- Changes in your digestion
- Other issues could be caused by hormone changes
What can cause a Pituitary Tumor?
We aren't sure why pituitary tumors form. A tumor starts with a mutation in a cell's DNA. These are the genetic blueprints that tell cells how to grow and function. The mutation makes the cell divide abnormally and uncontrollably. A pituitary tumor is amass of these abnormal cells. Most pituitary tumors are not cancer.
What are my options for treatment?
Treatment depends on your needs. If your tumor isn't causing problems, you may not need treatment. If it is, you may benefit from surgery, radiation therapy, or medications. Your healthcare provider can create a care plan that is right for you.