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Pituitary Tumor

Pituitary Tumor | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Many pituitary tumors can be removed surgically. The operation usually takes place through the head for larger tumors and through the nose for smaller ones. Radiation therapy can shrink some tumors. Medicines, such as bromocriptine, can shrink certain tumors that affect breast milk production.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Surgery carries a risk of bleeding, infection, or allergic reaction to anesthesia.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Treatment, even if successful, may not correct the visual impairment. Most people will require some form of hormone replacement medicine, even after successful surgery.

How is the condition monitored?

The individual will have regular visits with the healthcare provider. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the provider.

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Author: James Warson, MD
Reviewer: William M. Boggs, MD
Date Reviewed: 08/13/01

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