Pituitary adenomas are common, slow-growing and benign tumors of the pituitary gland. Pituitary gland is the master hormone gland of our body located at the base of brain. It regulates the body’s hormones by releasing special hormones into the bloodstream.
Facts about Pituitary adenomas
Types of Pituitary adenomas
Pituitary adenomas are classified according to their size, aggressiveness and whether they produce hormones.
Classification according to size:
Classification according to production of hormones:
Classification according to aggressiveness of tumor
Cause of Pituitary adenomas
Pituitary adenomas are not known to be associated with any specific cause and occur spontaneously. They are not inherited but there are some cases of familial pituitary tumors. Following factors may increase the risk of pituitary adenoma:
Symptoms of Pituitary adenoma
The symptoms depend upon the size, nature and hormone production of tumor. It includes:
Diagnosis of Pituitary adenoma:
Diagnosis requires any or all of the following:
Treatment of Pituitary adenoma:
Treatment is done by specialized endocrinologists and oncologists. It depends upon size, extent and hormone production status of the tumor.
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