Pituitary Tumors are abnormal growths that arise within the pituitary gland and may cause excessive production of hormones that regulate important functions of your body. Some other Pituitary Tumors can restrict normal functions of the pituitary gland and cause reduced production of certain hormones.
The majority of pituitary tumors are benign and remain in the pituitary gland region. Pituitary Tumors less than 1cm are referred to as Microadenomas. Pituitary Tumors that are larger than 1 centimeter are referred to as Macroadenomas. These larger tumors can increase pressure on the rest of the pituitary gland and nearby structures.
Those with Pituitary Tumors can experience signs and symptoms including:
● Peripheral vision loss
● Hormone deficiency
● Less frequent or missed menstrual cycles
● Loss of body hair
● Sexual dysfunction
● Increased frequency and amount of urination
● Fluctuation in body weight