Pituitary tumors are identified by medical professionals as abnormal growth of cells in the pituitary gland. A tumor in the pituitary gland can upset the healthy balance of hormones in a patient’s body; it affects an individual’s overall health. Hormones, or chemical substances, in our body are needed to regulate and control certain organs or cells. It is also worth noting that pituitary tumors make up approximately 10% of all primary brain tumors.
Signs and symptoms
- Slowed growth in children
- Lower sex drive in women and men
- Growth of breast tissue
- Loss of facial hair or body hair
- Less frequent menstrual periods
- Loss of vision to a certain extent
Note: these are just a few signs and symptoms provided for informational purposes. Do not attempt self-diagnosis based on this list.
Since nearly all pituitary tumors are benign tumors, the necessity of treating a pituitary tumor depends on the size of the tumor and/or whether or not it produces excess hormones. If excess hormones are made, doctors will determine which hormone it makes. If the size of the tumor interferes with other brain function, this may require surgical intervention. Current treatments that are used include radiation therapy, surgery and medicines.
Northern Neurology Specialties is the Expert You Can Trust for Pituitary Tumor Treatment
At Northern Neurology Specialties, Dr. Bressler will provide the most effective and safest treatment possible for patients diagnosed with pituitary tumors. As part of your treatment plan, you may be referred to one of our trusted surgical colleagues for an independent evaluation. We are constantly keeping up to date with the latest medical innovations used to treat pituitary tumors. Contact us today to speak to how we can best plan for this condition.