The pituitary gland, although small in size,
is responsible for many functions that keep us healthy and alive. Abnormal growths (pituitary tumors) in the pituitary gland region are often benign, but can cause hormone irregularity, resulting in a multitude of health issues.
The pituitary gland is the key link that creates hormones in the body. How they are released control how all the other organs work. Most pituitary tumors are benign and don’t spread, however due to their location they can cause significant health issues. Often people with pituitary gland tumors are misdiagnosed for other medical conditions.
Typical symptoms are the following:
- Vision problems
- Irregular menstural cycles
- Impotency in men
- Breast milk production
- Unexplained tiredness
- Mood changes/irritability
- Breast discharge
- Change in size of hands and feet
- Symptoms occur by producing too much or too little of one or more hormones, or if pressing on the optic nerves, vision issues.
Pituitary Tumor Treatment
Ophthalmologists and endocrinologists are doctors that are often involved in the evaluation and investigation of your pituitary tumor(s) and will outline a treatment plan specific to your needs. These treatments can include:
If you have been diagnosed and/or are experiencing these symptoms, supportive care is essential.